History

A guide to Miami museums

Miami gets a bad rap (mostly from New York) about not having much culture. But we’ve got some amazing museums in the Magic City. Here are some of our faves. (Did we mess up and not include one that’s totally awesome? Let us know in the comments.)

/ May 16, 2017


Jai-alai 101: where it came from and how to watch it

Jai-alai used to draw crowds of 15,000 in Miami. But today it’s usually just a few people watching players hurl pelotas at more than 100 miles per hour.

/ April 17, 2017


History of Curaçao

Curaçao is a multicultural and textured country unlike any other, with a painful past, which locals pay homage to. As a part of the Netherlands Antilles many residents often freely travel from Holland to Curaçao, creating a truly global paradise.

/ April 1, 2017


Liberty City: From a middle-class black mecca to forgotten

“Moonlight” introduced the world to the Liberty City of the 1980s. But that’s only a piece of its story.

/ March 13, 2017


‘White sand, black beach’: The black history of Virginia Key

A wade-in by de-segregationists in 1945 pushed Dade County to finally give the local black community access to the ocean, long off-limits because of segregation laws.

/ February 12, 2017


Valencia Gunder is posting one black history fact a day on Facebook

She’s been doing #28DaysofBlackHistory for seven years now, and all the posts are public so you can read them as well.

/ February 8, 2017


Miami and Florida’s Black history

The New Tropic’s archives are full of stories about how African-Americans, Bahamians, and Haitians have shaped the city we live in today. In honor of Black History Month, we’ve gathered it all together in one place. Poke around a little: you’ll probably learn something fascinating about the history of the Magic City.    

/ February 6, 2017


How house music came to Miami (It was way before Ultra)

Back in the 1980s, when South Beach was basically a retirement community full of cheap real estate, these two guys were driving around playing house music out of a truck. Then came the Winter Music Conference.

/ January 9, 2017


How Mi Burrito Sabanero became Miami’s ultimate Christmas jam

Tuki, tuki, tuki, tuki, tuki, tukita.

/ December 26, 2016


A brief history of South Dade

Driving south from Downtown Miami towards the Everglades, the landscape transforms from a concrete jungle to a lush, pastoral expanse. Explore the area’s long history, tracing its incredible transformation from a marshy mosquito-filled wilderness to a thriving agricultural community.

/ December 11, 2016