Street Address
101 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130
Mailing Address
101C West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130
phone: 305-375-1492
fax: 305-375-1609
The Museum
Monday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday12 PM - 5 PM
Archives and Research Center
Sunday, Saturdayclosed
Monday - Friday10 AM - 4:30 PM
Adults $8 Children $5 Seniors & Students with ID $7
Members: free
Children under 6: Free
Museum Type(s)
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Jorge Zamanillo, Museum Director
phone: 305-375-2008
Holly Davis, Vice President of Advancement
phone: 305-375-1615
Michael Knoll, Vice President Curatorial Affairs
phone: 305-375-1493
Adriana Millares, Collections Manager
phone: 305-375-1492
Maria Estorino, staff
Lori Penaloza, Director of Finance
Suarmis Travieso, Public Programs Manager
Hana Squires, City Tours Manager & Accessibility Coordinator
Michele Reese, Marketing Director
Michele Reese, Marketing Director
Olgasabrina Rueda, Education Registrar
Tina Menendez, Vice President of Education


HistoryMiami is the premier cultural institution committed to gathering, organizing, preserving and celebrating Miami’s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. We accomplish this through exhibitions, city tours, education, research, collections and publications, HistoryMiami advocates for helping everyone understand the importance of the past in shaping Miami‘s future.


HistoryMiami connects people by telling the stories of Miami’s communities, individuals, places and events.



HistoryMiami, formerly known as the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, was founded in 1940 as a historical association comprised of famous Miamians including George Merrick, Charlton Tebeau and Marjory Stoneman Douglas. The Association established the first museum for regular public use in 1962 and ten years later, moved to a larger facility within the Miami Science Museum, expanding its exhibition and educational programs. From 1974 to 1979, the Historical Museum of Southern Florida focused on developing storyline exhibitions and its professional staff. In 1984, the Historical Museum moved to downtown Miami, the site of its present facility in the Miami-Dade Cultural Center. On April 29, 2010 the Historical Museum of Southern Florida was officially renamed to HistoryMiami. The new brand direction and name was unveiled during the annual membership meeting attended by board members, community leaders, staff and members, as well as area residents. The rebranding was a direct result of a year-long effort to encompass the past history which defines the region as well as the future direction of our community more suitably. On July 28, 2011 HistoryMiami was formally received as a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. The institution's Certificate of Affiliation was presented by Assistant Secretary for Education and Access for the Smithsonian Institution Claudine Brown in a gathering which included Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami-Dade County School Board Vice-Chairman Dr. Lawrence Feldman. As an affiliate, HistoryMiami will have access to Smithsonian resources—including collections, scholarship, traveling exhibitions and the opportunity to extend membership benefits. The new Smithsonian membership benefits provided to supporting members may include subscriptions to publications, discounts at Smithsonian Museum stores and online stores, or travel and study opportunities.

Permanent Exhibitions

Tropical Dreams: A People's History of South Florida

Tropical Dreams explores South Florida history from prehistoric times to the present day. Topics explored include First Arrivals, International Rivalry, Southward Expansion, New People - New Technology, and Gateway of the Americas. The history of South Florida is the story of humans in a unique environment. It began more than 10,000 years ago with the arrival of prehistoric Indians and continues to the multi-cultural metropolis of today. Throughout the ages, the story has been characterized by arrivals--the immigration of people from many different places and cultures into the region. These varied peoples brought their dreams with them, and remade South Florida over and over again to fulfill those dreams. They also adapted to the region’s subtropical environment, interacted with other cultures in South Florida, and, in the process, changed into something new and unusual. This is their story.

Artifacts Collections

Object Collections

HistoryMiami’s Object Collection consists of three-dimensional artifacts related to South Florida. The collection contains artifacts ranging from pre-Colombian pieces to contemporary items, such as tools, furniture, boats, aviation materials, clothing, musical instruments and religious objects. The collection includes over 37,000 items, mostly from the twentieth century, and an additional 550 cubic feet of archaeological material.

Research Collections

The HistoryMiami Archives and 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.


Miami-Dade Cultural Plaza

Designed by Philip Johnson, the downtown Miami Cultural Plaza is home to HistoryMiami and the Main Public Library. The Sculpture Garden located between the two buildings, is accented with the impressive Spanish-Mediterranean architecture that features expansive views of Miami-Dade County’s Government Center and historic Courthouse. Special moments await you as you ascend the covered walk, alongside the cascading waters of the illuminated marble fountain, to find yourself transported in time to this oasis of culture and elegance.


Performance Areas


Private Non-Profit


Archives & Research Center

The HistoryMiami Archives and Research Center collects, safeguards, and makes accessible materials that document the Miami region, South Florida and the Caribbean. It houses HistoryMiami’s archives and non-circulating library, and is open to the public. The Archives & Research Center is open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

Appointment required: No


HM - The magazine of HistoryMiami is a popular history magazine. Tequesta - Annual scholarly journal


Wheelchair Accessible




Special Event Rental

Group Tours