Barlington Group, in partnership with HistoryMiami Museum, announced the plans for the El Museo de Little Havana, set to open in winter 2017 at 1637 SW Eighth St. in Little Havana. El Museo de Little Havana will be a permanent museum on CalleOcho featuring the rich history of the neighborhood, which is home to many Cuban exiles and immigrants from Central and South America. The museum will showcase the social, cultural and political importance that the area brings to South Florida.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation just recently added Little Havana to its endangered list of National Treasures helping to preserve the neighborhood from developers and encourages preservationists. The area first started taking shape after the 1959 revolution when waves of Cubans left their homeland. Immigrants fled Cuba for South Florida looking for a better opportunity and a new life. Thousands of them settled in Little Havana where the Cuban traditions are still very much intact.
Little Havana is now the epicenter of Miami’s Cuban community. The area has changed slightly in recent years, however, as new immigrants have arrived from other Latin American countries, opening new stores and eateries. Using the vast resource of the collection at HistoryMiami Museum, the exhibition will be comprised of photographs and artifacts to tell the story of the unique rich history of the three-square-mile neighborhood at the new museum.