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Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU
Ranked #14 of 119 things to do in Miami Beach
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Owner description: The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is the only Museum dedicated to telling the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish heritage, arts and culture. The museum is housed in two adjacent lovingly restored historic buildings, at 301 Washington Avenue on South Beach, that were once synagogues for Miami Beach's first Jewish congregation. The museum's focal point is its core exhibit, "MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida, 1763 to Present" and its temporary history and art exhibits that change periodically. A Collections and Research Center, several films, Timeline Wall of Jewish history, museum Store filled with unique items and Bessie's Bistro complete the experience for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
Reviewed 17 January 2014

Getting in was a schlep as its heavily guarded; the sign says go through the guard but in fact you go around him - bad joke!! Lovely gift shop and toilets too. Very well laid out and not overwelming

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Reviewed 17 January 2014

The museum is very pretty inside with TONS of interesting things to look at. Well documented stories, family histories, clothes, photos, religious pieces, etc. Very cool. Great gift shop. Very friendly staff.

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Reviewed 13 January 2014

A moving testament to Florida's Jewish Community. I was unaware of the key contribution this community has made to the State and it was fascinating from historical, cultural and international affairs perspectives.

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Reviewed 12 January 2014

The Jewish Museum of Florida has a very good focused collection of objects and exhibits related to Jewish life and settlement in all of Florida, not just post WW II Miami Beach. The museum consists of two buildings both of which were a part of the first synagogue in Miami Beach. One building, where the permanent collection and administrative offices are housed, was built as an 850 seat synagogue as a part of the expansion of that first synagogue. The second building is the first synagogue. The buildings have amazing stained glass windows. The two buildings are connected by a skylighted addition named for and we were told primarily underwritten by Bess Myerson, the first and so far only Jewish Miss America. The museum has very nicely done exhibits with photographs, artifacts and ephemera on such topics are education, sports, immigration, farming, discrimination, Zionism,business ... and food. One of my favorites exhibits was a recreation of the counter at Wolfie's, an old Miami Beach restaurant, along with menus from other post WWII restaurants. On the day that we visited, a docent lead a 30 minute or so tour explaining the history of the museum and some highlights of the collection. The museum is a part of Florida International University which should allow them to continue to improve the collection and their programming. There is a small parking lot attached to the museum as well as metered street parking. The museum is a must see for those interested in the history and culture of Miami Beach and Florida. Allow two hours for a leisurely visit.

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Reviewed 11 January 2014

This museum is excellent. A video sets the scene and the exhibition is well displayed. There is masses of information, at times a bit too much to take in, and the museum follows a logical course. The history of Jews in Florida unfolds as you walk round.
Most of the staff are volunteers and the docent we went round with could have given a slightly better explanation of some of the exhibits. The cafe was closed that day so we could not comment on the food. Nice gift shop.

Thank John W
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