Fifty-three years before the Pilgrims
landed at Plymouth Rock,
Pedro Menendez established a
mission in Miami.
The Historical Museum is the major project of the Historical Association of Southern Florida. The permanent
chronological exhibit traces man's historic experience in South Florida over a period often thousand years,
through the use of written words, graphic reproductions, photographs, artifacts and audio presentations.
Temporary exhibits which change regularly spotlight historical topics of special interest.
A program of guided tours of the Historical Museum for school children is one of the important
services provided by the Tequestans, volunteers in service to the Association.
The new Historical Museum scheduled to be completed in 1981, will be a major component of the Dade County
Cultural Complex now being planned for downtown Miami. Also housing the Center for the Fine Arts and the Main
Branch ot the Miami-Dade Public Library system, this complex will be a focal point for the visual and intellectual
resources in the Miami area. The new Museum will contain two floors of exhibits, the Tebeau Library, collection storage
and exhibit preparation areas, a gift shop, and administrative offices for the Association.