Museums in Miami


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  • Miami Science Museum
    The Patricia and Philip Frost Museum has spent most of its life outgrowing its digs. It debuted in 1949 as a children's museum, which took off quickly and soon expanded into the Museum of Science and Natural History in 1952. In 1960, it again needed more space and moved to its current site, and now an even larger space is being built, set to open in 2016. But throughout all its physical changes, its mission remains the same, "We inspire people of all ages and cultures to enjoy science and technology, in order to better understand ourselves and our world." Size: as of now, the site stands at 48,000 square feet; plans for the new space will expand that to 250,000 square feet over five levels Eye Catcher: tour the Wildlife Center, where the staffers care for injured wildlife?specifically majestic birds of prey?and release them back into the wild Permanent Mainstay: the Planetarium, where PBS's Jack Horkheimer: Star Gazer was filmed, boasts a 65-foot-diameter domed projection screen Don't Miss: in the late afternoon, the planetarium hosts Legends of the Night Sky Laser Show, which teaches kids how to find constellations using lasers and Greek myths Hands-On Experiments: in Nano, kids manipulate large-scale mechanisms as they familiarize themselves with the principles behind nanoscience Special Programs: the museum?s Sea Lab features beautiful underwater creatures and coral reefs. Guests can get up close and personal as they reach out to touch a starfish or a sea urchin or have a cleaner shrimp nibble at their nails
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    3280 S Miami Ave.
    Miami, FL US
  • Gold Coast Railroad Museum
    The Gold Coast Railroad Museum began in 1956, when train enthusiast William J. Godfrey chanced upon the miles of abandoned railroad track snaking through the pineland of University of Miami’s southern campus. He imported a newly retired steam engine to the premises, and a tribute to railroading history began. Now in a new location in Miami proper, the museum continues to honor trains’ role in American history, with nine exhibits on locomotives, passenger cars, and the Richmond’s Naval Air Station’s fleet. Visitors can hop aboard a full-size diesel locomotive passenger coach, or take a ride a miniature children’s railroad that’s ideal for transporting shipments of Lincoln logs. Alternatively, they can run motorized or free-wheeling trains through a model railroad, which zips through mountain tunnels and circles around to-scale landscapes.
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    12450 SW 152ND ST
    MIAMI, FL US
  • Miami Art Museum
    Thanks to a generous $35 million donation, the Miami Art Museum is now called the Perez Art Museum Miami, and has a shiny new home to match the label change. The Museum serves as the anchor to new 29-acre Museum Park, which overlooks glimmering Biscayne Bay. The updated digs were designed by Pritzker-Prize winning architects Herzog & de Meuron and are dedicated to international art of the 20th and 21st centuries, laid out across three stories. At more than triple the floor space of their previous home, the Perez is modern and contemporary, housing more than 1,300 works across a range of media. There is also Verde, a lovely waterfront restaurant and bar, where the menu is locally-inspired and created with seasonal ingredients.
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    101 W Flagler St
    Miami, FL US
  • Deering Estate at Cutler
    Although he earned his fortunes as a businessman, Charles Deering's true passion was for art and culture. He filled his home with sculptures, drawings, paintings, and other works?some of which he created himself. After he passed away in 1927, The Deering Estate at Cutler has kept his spirit alive; his former home and its surrounding natural landscapes now operate as a cultural meeting place for the community?one that hosts art festivals, artist lectures, and The Living Artist Concert Series. Size: a 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site that's listed on the National Register of Historic Places The Buildings: the Richmond Cottage (originally built in 1896) and the Stone House (built in 1922) Eye Catcher: a 20th-century, Spanish Gothic Revival chandelier that has hung in the Stone House's library since its construction Permanent Mainstay: the photographs, pencil sketches, and portraits (some by Mr. Deering himself) that hang inside the Stone House Don't Miss: a tour of the fossil grounds, where specimens have been found that date as far back as 50,000 years Hidden Gem: Charles Deering's prohibition wine cellar, hidden behind a three-ton bank vault door that remained sealed for 40 years Outdoor Activities: butterfly walks, guided nature hikes, and canoe trips to Chicken Key, a 7-acre mangrove island Leave Your Mark: head to the Poetry Kiosk in Richmond Cottage, where you can add your own thoughts about the natural surroundings to a "Living Poem" published on the center's website
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    16701 SW 72nd Ave.
    Palmetto Bay, FL US
  • Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
    Completed in 1922 as the private winter estate for millionaire James Deering, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is now a National Historic Landmark welcoming everyone to explore its European-inspired gardens and 18th Century-style Italian villa. Subtropical forests surround the grounds and inside you'll find the work of Paul Chalfin—Deering's personal artistic director—who drew furniture and decor into the collection from virtually every available era. Size: a two-story Italian-style vila and gardens with surrounding forests The Collections: Ancient Roman sculptures, Neoclassical furniture, 20th Century paintings, and more Eye Catcher: The Barge, a sculpture located in the water at the front of the main house that's shaped like a boat and decorated in mythical Caribbean creatures Head Outside: Stroll through The Gardens, where 400-year-old trees stand in a subtropical forest and more than 2,000 orchids bloom Don't Miss: the Music Room, which surrounds an antique harpsichord, harp, and dulcimer in Italian wall canvases. Pro Tip: Visitors can hear Vizcaya’s 1917 Welte philharmonic pipe organ played weekdays at 4 p.m. Special Programs: guided tours and audio tours, which are available in several languages
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    3251 South Miami Avenue
    Miami, FL US
  • Miami Children's Museum
    The Miami Children’s Museum is the one place you will never hear adults telling kids not to touch stuff. This safe space for young ones is all about interacting with the exhibits and having fun, by way of some fourteen galleries that boast permanent exhibits including a six-foot piggy bank and a 900-gallon marine tank in the ocean odyssey section. In addition to the permanent exhibits, there is a constant rotation of traveling showpieces, which have included all manner of educational entertainment, including a literacy adventure through childhood, where the worlds of seven picture books come to life. And one weekend a month the museum hosts Sensory Saturday, an environment specifically created for children with special needs to come and explore the museum.
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    980 MacArthur Cswy
    Miami, FL US

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