The Military Museum of South Florida is dedicated to saving and interpreting the rich military heritage of South Florida. We honor military service, sacrifice, and accomplishments, and their importance to the community, Florida, and the nation.
We present the history of WWII in south Florida, and likewise the heroic clandestine military activities of the Cuban Exile community of anti-Castro freedom fighters during the Cold War. We examine Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan today, with our focus on Florida and especially Miami-Dade County. We are housed, appropriately, in the last remaining structure of our WWII Naval Air Station Richmond (Richmond Heights south of Miami). We are located on the grounds of Zoo Miami, immediately next to the Goldcoast Railroad Museum.
This video was taken by the Miami Herald at our event commemorating the 100th Anniversary of ANZAC Day, the Australian and New Zealand national day honoring those fallen in World War One. The song is "Waltzing Matilda," the national anthem of Australia.
This is the Miami Military Museum, now entering final phases of restoration. This historic structure was built in WWII as Headquarters for the Navy Blimps that fought against the Nazi U-boats attacking Florida. After the Castro Revolution it served as the secret training site for Cuban Exile anti-communist Freedom Fighters. Later it was our US Army Reserve Center, and finally our Marine Corps Reserve Center. It embodies 50 years of our Miami military heritage.
VETERANS OUTREACH: US Senator Marco Rubio was hosted by The Miami Military Museum earlier this year for a Veterans roundtable. Over forty Veterans came to meet with the Senator and share with him our concerns as Veterans. Among the serious issues brought to his attention were VA healthcare, the rash of suicide among Veterans, the hidden costs of for-profit colleges and the GI Bill, and the need to renew the ethic of service in young Americans.
We are endorsed by the Miami-Dade county School Board, the fourth largest school system in the county. Every school between 5 and ten buses full of students visit our next-door neighbor Zoo Miami. As the test field trip of students from Hammocks Middle School shows, we are in an ideal location to host school tours sharing our history, heritage and civics. We will also offer Physical Education with our own challenge course on the grounds.
Scout Troops, Scout leaders, and Veterans on the steps of the Miami Military Museum. The Scouts have built a 400 ft. long "Path of Service" with brick pavers winding thru our outdoor trees, building benches and picnic tables along its length. The have created ADA-compliant parking spaces, erected monuments to Veterans and built and installed our Flagpole, earning numerous Eagle Scout awards and gaining valuable life experience.
Service to our Country
We host an on-going program honoring service, sacrifice, and the accomplishments of our Armed Forces. For example: 1. On Nov 8th, in conjunction with Veterans Day, we hosted free concerts by the 13th Army Band, "Florida's Own," Free and open to the public. We regularly host events honoring Veterans and Service to the County, recently bringing US Senator Marco Rubio to the museum to learn about Veterans issues. (SEE PHOTO IN PHOTO SECTION)
Youth Educational Center
We are endorsed by the Miami-Dade County School Board. Every school between 5 and ten buses full of students visit our next-door neighbor Zoo Miami. As the test field trip of students from Hammocks Middle School shows, we are in an ideal location to host school tours sharing our history, heritage and civics. We will also offer Physical Education with our own challenge course on the grounds. SEE PHOTO IN PHOTO SECTION
Support for Scouting
We have a robust educational program in partnership with Scouting: Eagle Scout candidates and their Scout Troops regularly undertake missions onsite. The Scouts have built a 400 ft. long "Path of Service" with brick pavers winding thru our outdoor trees, building benches and picnic tables along its length. The have created ADA-compliant parking spaces, erected monuments to Veterans and raised our Flagpole. (SEE PHOTO IN PHOTO SECTION)
Veterans Oral History Project (VHP)
In partnership with the Library of Congress (LOC) we have an on-going program collecting the oral histories of military veterans. These are done by our university interns in accordance with LOC specifications, including DVDs and copies for both the Library of Congress and the Museum.