Historical Museum of Southern Florida


Research Center

The museum’s Research Center houses its paper and photograph collections, and is open to the public.

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Scope of Collections

The Historical Museum’s collections relate to the history, cultures, folklife and archaeology of South Florida and the Caribbean area, including:

Southeast Florida (Greater Miami, the Everglades, Big Cypress and the Florida Keys);


Caribbean peoples living in Florida (Cubans, Haitians, Bahamians, Nicaraguans, etc.);

Native Americans (prehistoric, Seminoles, Miccosukees);

Aviation and maritime.


Visual Materials

Wilkins Archives
Architectural drawings and papers.

Miami News Collection
Views of Miami-Dade County and environs, 1940s-1988.

Ralph Munroe Photographs
Late nineteenth century southeast Florida.

The Birds of America
John James Audubon’s masterpiece contains 1830s prints of Florida's birds.

Claude C. Matlack Photographs
The Roaring Twenties in Miami Beach and Miami.

Cuba Postcards
Look at some turn-of-the-century views of Cubans in Cuba.

World War II
Photographs of Miami, Miami Beach, and Miami-Dade County, accompanied by an essay.


link to quilt

The Miami Centennial Quilt
Quilt blocks commemorate Greater Miami’s first century, 1896-1996.

The Pan Am Collection
Aviation artifacts and photos.