Miami’s rich and diverse history has made it the city we know today. Take a walk through the past as you visit the distinguished buildings, memorials and sights that mark Miami’s important milestones.
Olympia Theater: Located downtown, the Olympia Theater is proof of Miami’s glamorous and exciting past. The theater was originally built in 1926 to screen silent movies. Just one of two remaining atmospheric theaters in Florida, the Olympia Theater was designed to replicate a Spanish garden. Films are still screened here and special events are regularly held. Whether you want to watch a film or just explore, this historic venue is well worth the visit.
Gesu Catholic Church: The Gesu Catholic Church, constructed in 1896, is the oldest Catholic church in Miami. It served as a sanctuary for many generations. Adorned with beautiful architecture, statues and detailing, this church is an artwork in itself.
Freedom Tower: The Freedom Tower was built in 1925 as the headquarters for The Miami News publication and drew its inspiration from The Giralda in Seville, Spain. This building is known for being the first stop for many 1960’s Cuban refugees who arrived in America searching for a new life. Today, the Freedom Tower is a museum, cultural and educational center and symbol of freedom for Cuban-Americans. Inside, you can find the MDC Museum of Art + Design and the Cuban American Museum.
Art Deco Historic District: Pastel colors, retro architecture and geometric art are some of Miami’s iconic design elements. A walk down Ocean Drive will instantly take you back to Art Deco’s prime in the 1920’s. Make sure to bring a camera as there are over 800 structures built from 1923 to 1943 in Miami Beach. Not sure where to start? Head on over to the Art Deco Welcome Center where you can receive information on this popular district.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, located in the Coconut Grove district, is considered a National Historic Landmark and is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Dating back to 1910, this home was created by agricultural industrialist James Deering. Beautiful doesn’t even begin to describe this property, as it sits directly on the water and is completely surrounded by lush gardens and land. You can find European furnishings, antiques and art throughout this home.