Gallery Programs

Little Stories

Join specially trained HistoryMiami Educators as they embark on a story-filled journey through our exhibitions with your students. Our community's history is brought to life in a way that allows young audiences to understand the world around them. Each topic engages your students through stories, art making, and objects from the museum's teaching collection. You can select from the four themes listed below -

Art & Materials: Students will learn how people have utilized resources and materials to create art.

Family: Students will learn how and where families through history have made their homes in our community.

Animals: Students will learn how communities have interacted with the animal life in their local environment.

Five Senses: Students will learn about and experience our community using their senses.

1920s TrolleyTropical Dreams

Come and discover the rich history of 10,000 years of South Florida with your students as you are guided through the museum’s permanent exhibition, Tropical Dreams: A People’s History of South Florida.


Spanish canonHistory Mysteries (recommended for grade 4)

History Mysteries addresses the social studies curriculum objectives through five different programs that examine important themes in Florida history. Students will participate in role-playing and hands-on activities.

In addition to incorporating standards that address the content strands tested on the FCAT, History Mysteries also serves Florida Statue 233.061, which mandates a Florida history experience for Grade 4 students.

  • Making a Living in Florida - Explore the ways various groups have earned a living in South Florida: Seminoles in the Everglades, Key West settlers and Miami homesteaders.
  • Florida Lifestyle - Examine the lifestyles of prehistoric Miamians, Seminole Indians and South Florida homesteaders. Compare and contrast the cultural traditions and heritage of South Florida.
  • Florida Under Five Flags - Learn about the various nations that have controlled the state throughout its history and the reasons different groups had for migrating to Florida.
  • Transportation in Florida - Investigate the impact of transportation on South Florida history and Miami’s position as a “gateway” city.
  • New Beginnings - Take a look at key moments in history when people embarked on new journeys and encountered adventures that changed the course of their lives.

1920 TrolleyTropical Dreams

Come and discover the rich history of 10,000 years of South Florida with your students as you are guided through the museum’s permanent exhibition, Tropical Dreams: A People’s History of South Florida.


 

American Flag We The People

The United States is a country founded by the people for the people. Learn how the government operates on a local, state and federal level. Students will work on critical thinking skills while investigating the history and relationship between these three governing bodies and how their operations impact our everyday life.


Community Hands Our Story

Miami had often been referred to as a world-class cosmopolitan center. It is a community where people from neighboring states and nations have come together to build a culturally rich environment. Miami is what it is because of its diverse population.

Select from one of our three story programs to help enhance your classroom curriculum.

  • African American History: The story of south Florida's black community is rich, complex and helped shape our region into what is it today. Students will learn about South Florida's role in the African slave trade, Black-Seminole relations and the struggle for equality during the 1950s and 60s.
  • Hispanic American History: Hispanic Americans have become not only part of our community but have grown to make up 60% of our county's population. Students will learn about Spain's first contact over 500 years ago and the close relationship that South Florida has had with Hispanic culture ever since.

Immigration - Making Miami Home Miami Skyline  

The immigrant story is a part of our country's national fabric and our community is a major contributor in that story. From the Seminole migration to the arrival of people from Caribbean and Latin American nations, we all came here and now call this place home. Students will investigate how and why Miami has become one of this country's hubs for immigration.