An expansive museum examining the history of southern Florida from the arrival of the first European settlers to the present day, the Historical Museum of Southern Florida offers a comprehensive look into the state's past. The particularly noteworthy permanent exhibition "Tropical Dreams: A People's History of South Florida" investigates the patterns of immigration and cultural adaptation that characterize the area's history.
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida tells the stories of South Florida and the Caribbean. The museum promotes understanding of the past in order to inform the present and create a better quality of life. The Historical Museum is one of the largest private, regional history museums in the country, recognized for excellence in programming and management by the Florida Department of State and national museum services organizations. The Historical Museum has been accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1979.