Coral Gables Museum exhibits and programs are made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
With the support of the City of Coral Gables.
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
The Coral Gables Museum is now hosting the following six exhibitions:
The Tamiami Trail's history, culture, its devastating impact on the Everglades and plans to mitigate that damage are all featured in this multi-media interactive exhibit featuring images, artifacts, historic documents and film. Curated by Jon Ullman.
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Friday, October 2, 6pm - 10pm Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables Gallery Night Live Free.
Sunday, October 11, 1pm Curator’s Tour with Jon Ullman Museum admission applies: $7 adults, $5 students and seniors.
Sunday, October 4, 1pm Guided Tour with Eric Katz, Project Manager
for Friends of the Ludlam Trail Museum admission applies: $7 adults, $5 students and seniors.
Friday, October 30, 6:30pm BAT WATCH EVENT on the Granada Golf Course
Bring the whole family to a Halloween-themed Bat Watch event at Granada Golf Course at sundown. Come and witness the endangered bonneted bats soaring overhead in a haunting spectacle of flight! A brief educational talk about these endangered species will be provided by Giselle Hosein, director of the Miami Bat Squad. Meet just south of Burger Bob’s! Presented by Miami Bat Squad in collaboration with the Coral Gables Museum and the Friends of the Ludlam Trail. Free.
November 14 – 15 WHEELS Fat Tire Ride and Run
In conjunction with our exhibit “Ludlam Trail: From Grassroots to Treetops,” the public has a unique opportunity to safely explore the 6.2-mile strip of land! WHEELS’ week-long event will culminate in a fat tire ride and run along the trail. Ongoing landscaping and site work to prepare the trail and basic crosswalks will be prepared in anticipation of this event. For more information, email email@example.com
Thursday, January 7, 6pm Lecture: “Speedway To Sunshine: The Florida East Coast Railway, It’s Miami – Hialeah Belt, And The Ludlum Trail” presented by Seth Bramson
Professor Bramson will present the history of the Miami—Hialeah Belt, which is, of course, south of the railroad’s Hialeah Yard, and is now often referred to as “the Ludlam Trail.” Renowned FEC historian Seth Bramson is also America’s senior collector of FEC Railway, Florida transportation memorabilia, Miami memorabilia and Floridiana. Admission to the exhibit “Ludlam Trail: From Grassroots to Treetops” included. Artifacts on display are courtesy of The Bramson Archives and Florida East Coast Industries. Museum admission applies: $7 adults, $5 students and seniors.
Saturday, January 9, 10am-5pm Family Day on Aragon 2016 BLOCK PARTY
Join us for outdoor games, performances, activities and giveaways! Aragon Avenue cultural venues and businesses will close the street for the biggest, baddest block party of the year! Free.
Sunday, January 17, 10am Gables Bike Tour: Ludlam Trail
Meet at the Museum for an overview about the Ludlam Trail, a rails-to-trails project happening right here, right now in Greater Miami. Ride to A.D. Barnes Park for a picnic lunch and to view a section of the trail as it exists today! Join us for fun, educational bicycle tours through The City Beautiful every 3rd Sunday of every month. Each tour offers a different theme and route! Gables Bike Tours are presented by Coral Gables Museum and Bike Walk Coral Gables. Bike rentals and helmets (required for children under 16) are available at No Boundaries (305.444.3206), conveniently located across the street from the Museum. $10; $5 for Museum members and children under 12. Space is limited. Please RSVP to 305.603.8067.
The Ludlam Trail is a proposed 6.2-mile linear park that would transform Miami-Dade County as we know it. By occupying an abandoned section of the Florida East Coast railway, the park will contain community gardens and a trail that will provide a safe dedicated and direct route for cyclists and pedestrians to schools, parks, work and shopping. The trail will connect more than 34,000 people within a half-mile, walkable service area to five greenways, five schools, four parks and two transit hubs. This exhibit will feature Trail history, images and designs for future use. Curated by Tony Garcia, Friends of The Ludlam Trail.
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Friday, October 2, 6pm - 10pm Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables Gallery Night Live
Enjoy free admission and live music every first Friday of the month. Gallery Night Live! is held in conjunction with the Coral Gables Gallery Walk and Giralda Under the Stars. Free admission.
October 10, 2pm-5pm Family Day
Alligators, snakes and birds! Oh my! Explore the newest exhibit "Trailblazers: The Perilous Story of the Tamiami Trail,” then enjoy an Everglades-themed live animal presentation, plus examine fossils and other curiosities presented by the Frost Museum of Science. Sit back and relax while Miami Youth for Chamber Music plays some fall tunes! Free.
Sunday, October 11, 1pm Curator’s Tour with Jon Ullman
Jonathan Ullman has been building coalitions and organizing activists to restore the Everglades for the Sierra Club for 17 years. He organized a broadbased coalition to build the River of Grass Parkway, a 6.5-mile collection of bridges across Tamiami Trail to restore water flow to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay. His advocacy on the campaign to raise US-41 helped result in the first raised mile and an additional planned 5.5 mile of bridging. Ullman is highly-knowledgeable about climate impacts to South Florida and the Everglades and is an accomplished writer and blogger. He is also highly-experienced in media outreach. Ullman spent most of the 1990s working with activists to successfully stop a major commercial airport in Homestead between Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. Before joining the Sierra Club staff in 1998, Ullman served as public relations supervisor for the Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium. He has also worked as a journalist in Washington, DC, for the Voice of America, Jack Anderson’s Washington Merry-Go-Round investigative column in the Washington Post, and has also written articles for The Miami Herald. Bringing his professional skills from prior careers in public and media relations as well as news reporting has allowed him to bring an articulate and passionate voice for Everglades restoration and climate action.
Thursday, January 14, 7pm Book Signing and Talk by Jeff Klinkenberg
Jeff Klinkenberg, who writes about Florida culture for the St. Petersburg Times, is the author of the book collection of essays, Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators, published by University Press of Florida. Previous anthologies, Seasons of Real Florida and Dispatches from the Land of Flowers, have been best sellers. Born in 1949, Klinkenberg grew up in Miami and began exploring the Florida Keys and the Everglades as a small boy. He started working at The Miami News when he was 16 and became a journalism graduate of the University of Florida. He’s in the UF Journalism College’s Hall of Fame. He has worked at the South’s largest newspaper, the St. Petersburg Times, since 1977. His column is called Real Florida. More on his work here: http://www.jeffklinkenberg.com/Jeffs_website/Welcome.html “Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators” will be available for sale in our Museum gift shop for this event. Museum admission applies: $7 adults, $5 students and seniors.
Saturday, January 30, 2016 Photo Workshops Miami presents: Everglades Photography Experience hosted by the Coral Gables Museum and the Miccosukee Indian Village
Nikon Ambassador and American wildlife expert Ron Magill and “Everglades Evangelist” (Miami Herald) historian Cesar A. Becerra lead professional and amateur photographers for an all day workshop to the Miccosukee tribal lands and exploration of hidden parts of the original Tamiami Trail. Take an airboat tour led by Houston Cypress, a Miccosukee Indian, to one of the original Miccosukee Hammock’s for an inspirational and spiritual look at their tribe lands and issues as a potent backdrop that will be the workshop’s focus.
This full day photo workshop covers all fees including land and airboat transportation, meals and snacks. PhotoWorkshopsMiami.com
Thursday, February 18, 6pm-8pm Panel Discussion “Raising the Road” moderated by Jon Ullman
This panel discussion moderated by guest curator and environmental activist Jon Ullman, will feature scientists, engineers, and representatives from the Everglades National Park. The group will discuss the efforts to raise portions of the Tamiami Trail at the Shark River Slough, where water moves into the southern section of Everglades National Park. This will immediately result in increased water flow and restoration of the natural habitat. Long term benefits include combating sea-level rise. Experts will expand upon these topics. Regular Admission Fees apply. $7 adults; $5 students and senior.
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The exhibition of beautiful modern prints of vintage photographs and rare silent film footage brings to life the extraordinary work undertaken between 1917 and 1924 by 350 American women - all volunteers - who left comfortable lives in the United States to devote themselves to humanitarian aid in France. Barred from voting or serving in active combat, these women instead directed their considerable energy toward international relief work to counter the devastation of war. The dynamic leader of the group was Anne Morgan, daughter of prominent financier J. Pierpont Morgan, who collected private funds and founded the American Committee for Devastated France. In the tradition of Clara Barton and Florence Nightingale, this group of women lived alongside the rural people of Picardy, a region of northern France that had been ravaged during World War I. This special exhibition is supported in part by the American Friends of Blerancourt, The Florence Gould Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and RMN l'agence photographique.
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Friday, October 2, 6pm-10pm Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables Gallery Night Live
Join us for free admission, live music and a cash bar. This is the public premiere of our fall exhibits! Free.
Friday, October 9, 7pm-9pm Champagne in Picardy, France – Tasting and Talk with Patrick Alexander
As part of the current exhibit on "American Women Rebuilding France", the Museum's resident wine expert will do a presentation entitled "Champagne and Poppies in Picardy." The poppy has obviously become the symbol of the dead soldiers whose bodies enrich the soil of Picardy, and champagne is the local wine. Patrick Alexander's talk will cover not only the story of champagne and its bubbles but also the rich history of Picardy and its saga of major battles from the early middle ages to the horrors of the two world wars. The second battle of Champagne was taking place throughout October 1915 – exactly 100 years ago. While enjoying a glass or two of Champagne, Patrick wants to remind people of where it came from and at what cost. Lest we forget. $30 general public, $20 Museum Members. Exhibit admission, lecture and champagne included. Registration required at 305-603-8067 or email@example.com.
Thursday, November 5 @ 6pm Lecture: “American Women in France, WWI: Their Contribution”
by Marilyn Hoder-Salmon, PhD
Under the leadership of Anne Morgan, several hundred American women gathered in France to assist in the rebuilding of the war devastated nation. Their extraordinary determination and accomplishment was well-documented, as the exhibit so movingly portrays. This history is supplemented by an on-going process of rediscovery of the records of other American women, both expatriates and those who traveled to France in support of the military and civilian population. They served with distinction in numerous capacities, including as frontline nurses, ambulance drivers, and refugee care providers. These volunteers served France with valor during the war and its aftermath. This lecture will be presented by Marilyn Hoder-Salmon, PhD, writer and retired professor. Ms. Hoder-Salmon taught within the Department of English and as an Honors College Fellow at FIU. Regular museum admission fees apply: $7 adults; $5 students and seniors; free for members.
Wednesday, November 11, 9am-5pm One Day Camp
Veteran’s Day theme in which children ages 5-12 explore the exhibit Anne Morgan’s War and meet local US Soldiers. $45; $40 for Museum Family Members.
Saturday, November 14, 2pm-5pm Family Day
Salute our Troops in honor of Veteran’s Day! Watch a performance by members of the 13th Army Band. Meet a soldier from the Armed Forces! Take a kid-friendly tour of our current exhibit, “Anne Morgan’s War: American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924.” Drop off donations for military care packages. Free.
An introductory exhibition about Coral Gables’ founder and developer, George Merrick, his family and other visionaries who inspired him and helped him turn his dream of a place where "your castles in Spain are made real" into reality. This exhibit addresses local history, including pioneer life, the Florida Land Boom, architecture, urban planning and development.
Curated by Arva Moore Parks, designed by Tom Graboski and fabricated by SFY Architectural Signs and Displays, it is housed in Betty and L.D. Pankey Gallery and Coral Gables Galleries — five rooms that were once the Coral Gables Police and Fire Station jail. Now beautifully restored, the rooms provide an intimate space to tell the story from the beginning.
The exhibition, Coral Gables' Sister Cities: Partners
in Peace, is dedicated to the City of Coral Gables’ beloved sister
cities and the sister cities movement launched by President Dwight
D. Eisenhower in 1956. Visitors are invited to learn about the history
of this international peace program and uncover the connections between
Coral Gables and her sister cities: Aix-en-Provence, France; Cartagena,
Colombia; Granada, Spain; La Antigua, Guatemala; and Pavia, Italy.
Two cities to be added soon: Quebec City, Canada and Curitiba, Brazil.
Images and text tell the story of our nation in a Cold War environment and how
Eisenhower, with his extensive wartime experience and leadership abilities, rallied
the public to reach out to citizens of other nations in an effort to promote
cultural understanding and world peace. "I hate war”, he said, “as only
a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity." Each
of the five sister cities will be represented through photographs, objects, explanatory
text, videos, books, maps, and other media. A research library will be available
for those visitors interested in learning more about a particular sister city.