A city rich in art, history, and architecture, Miami reflects a broad and diverse range of enriching and cultural experiences. From the classics to the modern, from local to world famous, no trip to Miami is complete without visiting our exceptional museums. Whether you’re into art, history, or science, have just a few hours or a few days, we have the perfect Miami museum to provide you and your family with insight, engagement and inspiration.
HISTORY & CULTURE
A vibrant museum, HistoryMiami is one of the largest private, regional history museums in the southeast U.S. Housing more than 13,000 artifacts dating back to pre-Columbian times, along with permanent and temporary exhibits, you can explore the influences of immigration, tourism, development and technological advancement in South Florida. In July 2011, HistoryMiami became part of the prestigious Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program. Visitors are welcome to also view historic images at the museum’s Research Center, which houses over one million photographs, drawings and documents
Located in the historic City Beautiful, the Coral Gables Museum is a restored 3,000-square-foot gallery and 5,000-square-foot public plaza that was once the city’s police and fire station. Renovated and reopened in 2011, this charming museum lets visitors explore permanent and traveling art and design exhibits, hear lectures, listen to musical concerts or take a Saturday morning walking tour with a knowledgeable guide.
Take an awe-inspiring and informative look back in time as you explore more than 250 years of Jewish history in Florida at the Jewish Museum of Florida. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum’s 1936 Art Deco building features 77 stained glass windows, a Moorish copper dome, Art Deco chandeliers and marble bimah. The focal point of this extraordinary museum is its permanent exhibit MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida. Through audio-visual presentations, films, photos, documents and artifacts you’ll discover how the Jewish people have maintained their history, tradition and culture.
SCIENCE & DISCOVERY FOR ALL AGES
If you love exhibits loaded with tons of interactive exploration, including a wildlife center, a sea lab, and a high Energy Dance Floor that captures energy and rockets you 10 feet in the air, then the Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Science is your ticket to fun. The museum’s broad focus allows visitors to explore everything from the human body, to the ancient history of dinosaurs, to NASA’s latest discoveries of distant planets. And if the skies are clear, you can even get a closer look at the real stars and planets through the Planetarium’s observatory telescope. The museum will soon find a new location at downtown’s Museum Park campus.
There’s always something new and exciting to discover at Miami Children’s Museum! Located midway between downtown Miami and Miami Beach on Biscayne Bay, the Miami Children’s Museum is filled with must-see exhibits and playful activities emphasizing art, culture, community, communication, imagination, and creativity. Miami Children’s Museum is home to a two-story sandcastle of dreams, a 30-foot rock climbing wall, a life-sized cruise ship, and an outdoor playground. With hundreds of things to do and explore, you and your kids may never want to leave.
The Gold Coast Rail Museum is a one-of-a kind attraction and a must-see for train enthusiast and collectors. It houses a collection of more than 40 passenger cars, freight cars, locomotives and antique railway equipment. Visitors can take a ride on one the many historic railway cars (offered most weekends), view “Ferdinand Magellan,” the private railroad car built for President Franklin Roosevelt, and explore the vast array of model trains. Kids will love the interactive Thomas the Tank Engine tables
Calling all movie buffs, action hero aficionados, and antique car enthusiast, the Miami Auto Museum at The Dezer Collection has what you’re looking for. This two building auto museum features 1,200 vintage to classic automobiles including the “Time Machine” from Back to the Future, Batmobiles as well as a fantastic array of James Bond automobiles, motorcycles, submarines, airplanes, helicopters, and gadgets. In addition to the American automobiles, there are a number of foreign cars, and an amazing display of Hollywood memorabilia.
Wings Over Miami Museum is run by a dedicated staff and volunteers, and serves as a tribute to veterans, aviators and aircraft history. Visitors will learn about the rich history of aviation, the scientific basis for flight as well as the challenges faced during its evolution. The museum houses several lovingly restored and maintained military and classic aircrafts. Many of the planes are in working order and are taken out for spins on weekends! The gift shop features model kits, videos, and clothing for adults and children.
With the GoMiamiCard you won’t have to dig deep into your pockets to enjoy Miami’s top museums and attractions. Simply choose a one, two, three or five day card, and you can save up to 55% off of full retail admission. Gain access to 34 amazing attractions including Jungle Island, Hop On Hop Off Bus Pass and Everglades tour. The card can even be delivered instantly to your smartphone.
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