To honor the Freedom Tower’s centennial, Miami Dade College is developing new museum galleries spanning 36,700 square feet on the building’s second floor. The reopened museum will be the most dynamic repository of Miami’s story, experienced in the city’s first skyscraper.
Best-in-class experience design will guide visitors through the tower’s rich history as both a newspaper and a refugee assistance center. Housed in the “Ellis Island of the South,” these technologically advanced exhibits will allow museumgoers to reflect upon the waves of exiles that have transformed our city.
Patrons will explore many quests for freedom that have led generations to Miami—and even have the chance to share their own stories—allowing us to celebrate the tower as a twenty-first-century beacon of hope, courage, and opportunity!
Major grants already received include $25 million in support of the capital project from the Florida Governor’s Office; $500,000 from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Facilities; and $500,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
MDC's museum programs are made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. They are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.