History Miami Museum
101 West Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33130
The History Miami Museum has over 37,000 items on display in their exhibits. There are over 19,000 maps and a million photographs and other objects to see at the museum. In addition to the year-round displays, there are rotating displays that change several times a year. There is so much to see at this museum that visitors will need 2 hours or more to fully explore everything on display at the History Miami Museum.
Gold Coast Railroad Museum
12450 S.W. 152nd St.
Miami, FL 33177
Come out to Gold Coast Railroad Museum and get a glimpse of what the early railroad train cars were like. Visitors can see stainless steel cars, non-streamlined cars, and lots of passenger cars from various eras of history. There is even a passenger car that was used during wartime to transport soldiers. Children can enjoy a hands-on model railroad section of the museum while parents relax in the observation room. The Gold Coast Railroad Museum even offers a 20-minute ride on the Edwin Link Children’s Railroad.
28655 S. Dixie Highway
Miami, FL 33033
Coral Castle, located near Homestead, is an everlasting tribute to an unrequited love. Edward Leedskalnin spent 28 years of his life carving and sculpting huge blocks of coral using homemade tools. The work on the castle began in 1923 and ended only upon Edward’s death in 1951. Visitors can see a Polaris telescope, fully functioning rocking chairs, a nine-ton gate that moves with the slightest touch, and walls that weigh over 125 pounds per cubic foot. In 1984, Coral Castle was added to the list of historic places on the National Register of Historic Places.
Seminole Okalee Indian Village
5716 Seminole Way
Hollywood, FL 33026
Cowboys and Indians really did exist, the westerns we watch on TV may be exaggerated, but they are based just a tiny bit on facts. Take a step back into history by visiting the Seminole Okalee Indian Village in Hollywood, Florida. The village is located on the Hollywood Seminole Indian Reservation at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Visitors can see a traditional village and experience how Indians lived back on the reservation.
Graves Museum Of Archaeology & Natural History
481 South Federal Highway
Dania Beach, FL 33004
This museum houses archaeological finds discovered by members of the Broward County Archaeological Society. Visitors can learn about geology, Florida’s pre-history, Hominid evolution, paleontology, pre-Columbian Florida, and much more at the Graves Museum of Archaeology & Natural History. There are even some hands-on areas for the children. New items are being added to the museums exhibits frequently so come back often.
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