Upcoming Events

Monday at Museum Series: Christopher Hale: Deception Engages with a Puzzle

01/27/2020 07:00 PM

Hale presents a new account of the ‘Brand Mission’ based on evidence in the national archives of Germany, Hungary, Britain and the U.S. Hale reveals that Eichmann’s offer formed one part of a monstrous deception designed to outwit the leaders of the last surviving Jewish community in Europe. The deception was more complex and – from the German point of view – more successful than any operation mounted by the secret services of the Allied governments.

Holocaust Education Month Program

01/28/2020 06:30 PM

Collaborative Tour & Discussion with Dr. Jacek J. Kolasinski, Program Director of Ratcliffe Arts Design Incubator. Dr. Oren Baruch Stier, Director Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Monday at Museum Series: Tudor Parfitt: The Body of the Jew

02/03/2020 07:00 PM

Theories about the Jew’s body formed part of the racial discourse which resulted in the Holocaust. In this lecture Tudor Parfitt, Distinguished University Professor at FIU, will talk about the race theories in the USA, Great Britain and continental Europe from the time of the Enlightenment to the Third Reich which set Jews apart from the rest of mankind.  

Special Announcements

January is Florida Jewish History Month.

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Current Exhibitions

Mira Lehr: A Walk in the Garden

October 2, 2019—February 15, 2020

Mira Lehr, a self-described eco-feminist artist, is a native Miamian whose career spans over five decades. Lehr’s nature-based imagery encompasses painting, design, sculpture and video installations. Mira Lehr: A Walk in the Garden is a site-specific installation that takes the viewer through a magical journey in a fantastical garden.

Zachary Balber: Tamim

November 20, 2019– March 15, 2020

Zack Balber uses portrait photography to uncover the camouflaged identity (tattoos) of some of Judaism’s most unconventional Jews. Balber, Jewish himself, connected with the men he photographed while rediscovering his own heritage.

Auschwitz—A Place on Earth: The Auschwitz Album

January 9, 2020 - March 1, 2020

Over one million Jewish men, women and children were murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest extermination camp during the Holocaust. The so-called Auschwitz Album is the only known visual documentation of the arrival of a transport of Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau. The compelling photographs in this exhibition created by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem document the “processing” of Jews from the Carpatho-Ruthenia region up to but not including their mass murder.

Coming Soon

Judith Leiber: Master Craftsman

Opens March 1, 2020

Judith Leiber: Master Craftsman tells the story of a fearless woman ahead of her time. Leiber’s innovative style is immortalized by her animal and food themed minaudières (small decorative handbags without handles), beloved by celebrities and first ladies alike, including Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, Mamie Eisenhower, Lady Bird Johnson, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton and Barbara Walters. Among her many awards, Judith received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 1994. Today, her handbags are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institution, The Victoria and Albert Museum and many other collections worldwide.

The exhibit will feature a comprehensive selection of Judith Leiber’s bags, belts, pillboxes and glasses from collections in Florida.

Hello Gorgeous

Scheduled to Open in August, 2020

Hello Gorgeous, is an eclectic exhibition of costumes, photos, videos and more, celebrating the life of Barbra Streisand. She refused to change her surname, or her nose as many women would have done, illustrating a fierce force to be contended with. The majority of the artifacts in the show are from the collection of Lou Papalas, from Palm Springs, California, who amassed some 100,000 pieces of Streisand memorabilia. Items on view are set to include the gown she wore on her first television special, 1965’s My Name is Barbra, which unspools silently on a vintage TV, the beaded gown she wore in Funny Girl and the robe she had as the cross-dresser in Yentl. These are just a few of the pieces that will be on display, paying tribute to the life and times of one of the most influential women in our day.

Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music

Fall, 2020

Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music is the first large-scale museum exhibition to illustrate Leonard Bernstein’s life, Jewish identity, and social activism. Audiences may be familiar with many of Bernstein’s works, notably West Side Story, but not necessarily with how he responded to the political and social crises of his day. Visitors will find an individual who expressed the restlessness, anxiety, fear, and hope of an American Jew living through World War II and the Holocaust, Vietnam, and turbulent social change—what Bernstein referred to as his “search for a solution to the 20th‐century crisis of faith.”

The exhibition explores his Jewish identity and social activism in the context of his position as an American conductor and his works as a composer. It features interactive media and sound installations along approximately 100 historic artifacts, including Bernstein’s piano, marked-up scores, conducting suit, annotated copy of Romeo and Juliet used for the development of West Side Story, personal family Judaica, composing easel, and a number of objects from his studio.

Contact Us

301 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Phone: 305-672-5044
Fax: 305-672-5933
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-5pm
Closed Mondays and holidays.

Museum Admission (new admission prices effective 9/1/18)

Adults $12.00

Senior/Student $8.00

Family $24.00

School Groups (Per Child) $2.50

Adult Groups(20 or more) $8.00

Free Admission on Saturday

Museum Members, FIU Students, Faculty & Staff FREE

Media Contact

Erica Corsano


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Museum Support

The Museum is supported by individual contributions, foundations, memberships and grants from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture,the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners and the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council, Funding Arts Network.

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