His­to­ryMi­ami Mu­seum of­fers free sum­mer en­trance for chil­dren and their fam­i­lies

South Florida Times - - METRO - SUM­MER LEARN­ING: His­to­ryMi­ami is of­fer­ing free ad­mis­sion with its Sum­mer Pass­port Pro­gram from June 8 through Au­gust 19. Staff Re­port

MI­AMI – For fam­i­lies look­ing for in­ter­est­ing ways to keep their chil­dren im­mersed in learn­ing dur­ing the sum­mer months, vis­its to a his­tor­i­cal mu­seum pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties to gain ac­cess to im­por­tant nuggets from the past. To that end, His­to­ryMi­ami Mu­seum is kick­ing off its Sum­mer Pass­port Pro­gram that pro­vides free ac­cess to the mu­seum for all chil­dren in Mi­ami-Dade County. The pro­gram, which is avail­able from June 8 un­til Au­gust 19 of­fers chil­dren an ex­cit­ing ed­u­ca­tional ad­ven­ture while ex­plor­ing South Florida’s rich past.

“We are look­ing for­ward to open­ing our doors to stu­dents and their fam­i­lies this sum­mer with our Sum­mer Pass­port Pro­gram,” said Jorge Za­manillo, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of His­to­ryMi­ami Mu­seum. “His­to­ryMi­ami’s core mis­sion is to share Mi­ami’s unique sto­ries. By tak­ing cost away and mak­ing en­trance to the mu­seum free, we’re mak­ing South Florida’s great his­tory ac­ces­si­ble to all.”

The pass­ports can be picked up at the mu­seum’s front desk, which is lo­cated at 101 W. Fla­gler Street in Down­town Mi­ami. Each pass­port of­fers free ad­mis­sion to each child and their fam­ily mem­bers (up to f our peo­ple per pass­port). Af­ter ev­ery mu­seum visit, the child will re­ceive a stamp in one of the pass­port’s f our boxes. Once all f our boxes are stamped, the child will be al­lowed to pick an ex­cit­ing prize from a spe­cially cu­rated trea­sure box.

Through­out the sum­mer, kids and their fam­i­lies can not only ex­pe­ri­ence the his­tory of Mi­ami through the mu­seum’s per­ma­nent dis­plays but can also en­joy two other spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions. The first is “Mi­ami Rocks: The Mi­ami Pop Fes­ti­val, May 1968,” which pays trib­ute to the orig­i­nal Mi­ami Pop Fes­ti­val held 50 years ago in Gulf­stream Park, where mu­si­cians like The Jimi Hen­drix Ex­pe­ri­ence, Chuck Berry and Frank Zappa per­formed.

The sec­ond ex­hi­bi­tion, ti­tled “Av­enues of Ex­pres­sion: Street Tra­di­tions in Mi­ami,” al­lows vis­i­tors to dis­cover the street tra­di­tions that are hid­ing in plain sight on Mi­ami’s av­enues, high­light­ing tra­di­tions such as street art, protests, ve­hi­cle cus­tomiz­ing, food ven­dors, ven­tan­i­tas, re­li­gious prac­tices, and much more.

“Whether you en­joy the his­tory of Mi­ami’s mu­sic scene or learn­ing about the sto­ries that make Mi­ami, Mi­ami, we have some­thing for ev­ery­one at His­to­ryMi­ami. We can’t wait to see ev­ery­one at the mu­seum this sum­mer,” said Za­manillo.

Mu­seum Hours & Fees: Hours: Tues­day – Satur­day, 10:00am – 5:00pm; Sun­day, 12:00pm – 5:00pm; Mon­day, closed.

Reg­u­lar mu­seum ad­mis­sion: Free for stu­dents and their fam­ily (up to 4 peo­ple to­tal) through­out the sum­mer; For nonPass­port hold­ers, $10 for adults, $8 for se­niors and stu­dents with ID, $5 for chil­dren 6-12, and free for mu­seum mem­bers and chil­dren un­der 6.

PHOTO COURTESY OF HIS­TO­RYMI­AMI MU­SEUM

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