HistoryMiami Museum to offer free entrance for kids, families

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HistoryMiami Museum soon will begin its Summer Passport Program that provides free access to the museum for all children in Miami-Dade County. The program, which is available from June 7 until Aug. 18, offers children an exciting educational adventure while exploring South Florida’s rich past.

The passports can be picked up at the museum’s front desk, which is located at 101 W. Flagler St. in Downtown Miami. Each passport offers free admission to each child and family members (up to four people per passport). After every museum visit, the child will receive a stamp in one of the passport’s four boxes. Once all four boxes are stamped, the child will be allowed to pick an exciting prize from a specially curated treasure box.

“We are looking forward to opening our doors to students and their families this summer with our Summer Passport Program,” said Jorge Zamanillo, executive director of HistoryMiami Museum. “HistoryMiami’s core mission is to share Miami’s unique stories. By taking cost away and making entrance to the museum free, we’re making South Florida’s great history accessible to all.”

Throughout the summer, kids and their families not only can experience the history of Miami through the museum’s permanent displays, but can also enjoy another special exhibition.

Queer Miami: A History of LGBTQ Communities which chronicles Miami’s queer past, reflecting its gender and sexual diversity for over 100 years. Through artifacts, photographs, archival footage, and more, the exhibition displays the stories of Miami’s queer communities who, despite discrimination, isolation, and violence, managed to carve out spaces for themselves and made their voices heard in southern Florida.

“Whether you enjoy the history of Miami’s music scene or learning about the stories that make Miami, Miami, we have something for everyone at HistoryMiami. We can’t wait to see everyone at the museum this summer,” Zamanillo said.

Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon–5 p.m.; Monday, closed.

Regular museum admission: Free for students and their family (up to four people total) throughout the summer; for non-passport holders, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students with ID, $5 for children 6-12, and free for museum members and children under 6.

HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is the premier cultural institution committed to gathering, organizing, preserving and celebrating Miami’s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. This is accomplished through education, collections, research, exhibitions, publications and City Tours.

Located in the heart of downtown Miami, HistoryMiami Museum is a 70,000-square-foot facility and home to more than one million historical images and 30,000 three-dimensional artifacts, including a 1920s trolley car, artifacts from Pan American World Airways, and rafts that brought refugees to Miami.

For more information, call 305-375-1492 or visit historymiami.org.

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