The Coral Gables Museum Celebrates its 80th Anniversary!

The Old Police and Fire Station, currently the Coral Gables Museum, is now an octogenarian! Given this venerable accomplishment, it seemed like the perfect time to stop and highlight one of our city’s great cultural institutions as it enters its ninth decade. Join them on March 9, from 12-5 p.m. for an Anniversary Celebration. The party will kick off with a proclamation by Mayor Raúl Valdés-Fauli recognizing the building’s storied past, and attendees will enjoy complimentary cake as they mark this amazing milestone.*

The Coral Gables Museum celebrates the 1920’s planned community of Coral Gables in a striking historic building located on Aragon, the cultural heart of Downtown Coral Gables. The museum presents new exhibits highlighting the unique story of Coral Gables and how it came to be along with showcasing contemporary artists, events, contests and more in a restored historic building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Speaking of contests, you didn’t think that mention of an 80th birthday would sneak by without a proper celebration, did you? The Coral Gables Museum is celebrating with an art competition for visual artists that reflects on their home. Once the home of the police and fire station, this beautiful key lime structure should inspire a piece of art for submission. The accepted pieces will participate in an exhibition at the museum to open on February 1st, 2019. The grand prize will be announced on February 25th, by the Museum’s 80th Anniversary Committee at a closing reception. Learn more here.

Keep the spirit of celebration alive by joining on one of the upcoming 1939 Movie Nights where they’re showcasing movies from the year the building was built, coming up is Gone with the Wind – looks like 1939 was as stand-out a year for film as it was for architecture!

On a different note, the Museum just wrapped up a buzzy exhibit featuring ten Cuban artists who live on the Hudson River, called “Kindred Spirits: Ten Artists by the Hudson.”

Furthermore, don’t miss their current exhibition “The Caribbee Club: “Future Tense” by Judith Berk King.” The gallery is filled with colorful, imaginative pieces that envision a future imagined with different species of animals that look so real they could be ripped out of a scientific book of botanical sketches.

History buffs will enjoy the current exhibit highlighting the archives and restoration of the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. Sacred Ground featured the photography of Carl Juste and C W. Griffin of the Miami Herald. This is the first ever exhibit to reflect on the telegrams, photographs, ledgers, maps and more of this historic Miami cemetery.

The Museum always has something interesting going on. Whether it’s the long running exhibitions including “Coral Gables Sister Cities: Partners In Peace” or, in the Betty and L.D. Pankey Gallery, “Creating The Dream: George E. Merrick and His Vision For Coral Gables” or the exiting historic guided tours they offer by canoe, bike or foot.

Additionally, they host Family Days on the second Saturday of the month with free admission for children and all day activities and performances.

If you need the perfect place to host an upcoming event, consider the Coral Gables Museum as a venue. The historic building was meticulously resorted between 2008 and 2010 and it feels as pristine as it did the day they unveiled the world. The space is certainly historic, but it’s the simple limestone materials, clean lines and open indoor and outdoor spaces that make it such an interesting space to visit or host an event.

We look forward to seeing the creative pieces inspired by the building in celebration of the 80th birthday and hope you can make your way to the Museum soon!

*Updated on March 5, 2019.