HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is the premier cultural institution committed to collecting, preserving and celebrating Miami’s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. Through exhibitions, artistic endeavors, city tours, education, research, collections and publications, HistoryMiami Museum works to help everyone understand the importance of the past in shaping Miami’s future. HistoryMiami Museum connects people by telling the stories of Miami’s communities, individuals, places and events.
In July 2011, HistoryMiami Museum became part of the prestigious Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program. This status provides opportunities to share resources in programming, collections, scholarship, and technical expertise – and entitles the Museum to bring world-acclaimed Smithsonian exhibitions to South Florida.
Since the 1920s, sporting events and institutions have both mirrored and shaped the growth of South Florida. Miami Jai-Alai and Hialeah Park two of the area’s earliest sporting attractions, lured northern tourists with, respectively, the spectacles of jai alai, an ancient Basque game imported from Cuba, and horse racing. Along with the annual collegiate Orange Bowl Game, these quickly became world-famous draws and by the mid-century were helping fuel the public fascination with South Florida as a locus of sun, fun, and leisure. It was an image that eventually would draw not only visitors, but transplants to the region.
A performer and choreographer, Clarita Filgueiras has spent a lifetime mastering the art of flamenco dance. Her passion for this Spanish tradition originates with her father and grandmother (both flamenco singers) and her mother, an expert in flamenco costume design. A winner of multiple awards, including the 2012 Florida Folk Heritage Award, she performs across the United States, Latin America, and Europe, appearing in theaters, nightclubs, on radio, and on television. Clarita Filgueiras was HistoryMiami's Heritage Spotlight Series artist-in-residence from April through June 2015.
HistoryMiami in the heart of downtown.
Miami Rocks, on display now at HistoryMiami.
Avenues of Expression, on display now at HistoryMiami.
Family Fun Day at HistoryMiami Museum. Free on the second Saturday of every month.
The HistoryMiami Education Center is committed to serving South Florida's students, teachers and adult learners through exciting and innovative programs. At the core of the Center's mission is creating an open environment to share and interpret Miami's stories while promoting critical thinking.
The HistoryMiami Research Center collects, safeguards, and makes accessible materials that document the Miami region, South Florida and the Caribbean. The collection includes a rare, complete double elephant folio edition of John James Audubon's The Birds of America, as well as 6,000 bound volumes, 1,900 maps and more than one million historic photographs, making it one of the most important archival and research centers in the state. HistoryMiami is the official repository of all archeological material recovered in Miami Dade County.
In a city known for its diversity, it comes as no surprise that a rich tapestry of influence is ever present. HistoryMiami's South Florida Folklife Center captures it all by documenting, presenting and supporting the region's traditional arts and culture. Past projects have included Nicaraguan Folklife, Haitian Community Arts, Florida Folklife, Arts of the African Diaspora and the popular Heritage Spotlight Series.
Nationally acclaimed City Tours explores the past enabling participants to experience the sights, sounds and culture of South Florida. By boat, coach, walking or biking, City Tours offer the opportunity to discover the hidden secrets and neighborhoods you never knew existed. Trained tour leaders include well known historian Dr. Paul George, as well as other Miami historians.
Immediate Past Chair
VP, Education and Visitor Services
VP, Curatorial Affairs
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.