Miami-Dade Public Library

Downtown Miami

To learn more about Florida (especially South Florida), take a browse through the extensive Florida Collection, or ask about the Romer Photograph Collection, an archive of some 17,500 photos and prints that chronicles the history of the city from its early years to 1945. At the library, ask for John Shipley, head of the Florida Collection, for more details.

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Nearby Downtown Miami attractions

1. HistoryMiami

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South Florida – a land of escaped slaves, guerrilla Native Americans, gangsters, land grabbers, pirates, tourists, drug dealers and alligators – has a…

2. Miami-Dade County Courthouse


If you end up on trial here, at least you’ll get a free tour of one of the most imposing courthouses in the USA. Built between 1925 and 1929, this a very…

3. Void Projects

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If you'd like to meet local artists and see how life is lived on a smaller, more modest scale in Miami's creative pockets, visit this arts collective –…

5. Miami River

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For a taste of old Florida, take a stroll along the Miami River. A shoreline promenade leads past a mix of glittering high-rise condos and battered…

6. Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater

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Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald once walked across the stage of the Lyric, a major stop on the ‘Chitlin’ Circuit’ – the black live-entertainment trail…

7. Brickell City Centre

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One of Miami's favourite shopping centers, this massive billion-dollar complex spreads across three city blocks, encompassing glittering residential…

8. Museum of Art and Design at MDC

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Miami-Dade College operates a small but well-curated art museum in Downtown; the permanent collection includes works by Matisse, Picasso and Chagall and…