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.
The Coral Gables Museum is now hosting the following four exhibitions:
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 Province of Pisa, Italy. Two cities to be added soon: Quebec City, Canada and Curitiba, Brazil.
Images and text will 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.
All Buildings Great & Small is an exhibit of new building designs for a better city. Exhibited works include drawings and models of new building prototypes for Coral Gables and Wynwood, and of the existing buildings that inspired them. In contrast to the prevailing landscape of large towers and suburban subdivisions, these works examine how to contemporize the building types that made up Dade County's early urban areas: small and adaptable.
The works are selected from seven semester-long studios taught earlier this year at FIU's Department of Architecture to more than 100 students, under the direction of department chair Jason Chandler in collaboration with Townhouse Center and supported by Knight Foundation. Each student documented an existing building in Coral Gables or Wynwood, and designed a small, adaptable prototype.
The course and exhibit are part of a broader initiative in Miami-Dade County and nationwide to promote fine-grain urbanism, a pattern of development that produces neighborhoods that are more vibrant and equitable. Groups such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Green Lab, the Urban Land Institute's Small Scale Developers Forum, and Project for Lean Urbanism suggest that a great building is one that is small.
EXHIBIT-RELATED EVENTS (click to view)
Preview Reception Friday, August 29, 5pm-8pm
CGM members and invited guests will enjoy complimentary admission and an
exhibit preview of All Buildings Great & Small: New Building Designs for
a Better City. Cash bar to benefit CGM.
Curators' Exhibit Tour with Andrew Frey Sunday, August 31, 1pm
Museum admission rates apply.
Public Opening Reception Friday, September 5, 6pm-9pm
Presented in conjunction with the First Friday Coral Gables Gallery Walk.
Downtown Walking Tour with Jason Chandler Saturday, October 4, 11am
This tour will focus on the architecture and benefits of small urban buildings in downtown Coral Gables. Professional development credit is available for Miami-Dade County Public Schools teachers.
$10 / $5 for Museum members, FIU students and MDCPS teachers.
Closing Reception Sunday, October 26, 1pm-3pm
Join us for a curator's tour and a complimentary mimosa on this last day to view All
Buildings Great & Small: New Building Designs for a Better City.
Regular Museum admission rates apply.
Established by a cluster of pioneering families who valiantly secured land in 1948 to build the Coral Gables Jewish Center, Temple Judea has grown to more than 600 households, and is proud to continue to serve as the only Reform congregation in Coral Gables.
Since its founding, Temple Judea has been committed to honoring the ancient traditions of Judaism, while acknowledging the need for the synagogue to remain relevant in an ever-changing secular world. World-renowned architect Morris Lapidus reflected Temple Judea’s chosen roles as a House of Worship, House of Study and House of Assembly in the design of the congregation’s permanent home on the corner of US 1 and Granada Boulevard, built in 1966 and recently awarded historic landmark status by the City of Coral Gables.
Featuring video, historical photographs and documents as well as sacred objects, the exhibit will tell the story of the City's earliest Jewish community's 65 year journey from a small building in the central business district to its landmark-designated campus, where it is a valued contributor to the richness of the surrounding community of Coral Gables.
Curated by Bill Iverson in consultation with Temple Judea's exhibit advisory committee and historian Dr. Paul George; and exhibition design by SimpleFly Creative.
EXHIBIT-RELATED EVENTS (click to view)
Gallery Night Live! Friday, September 5, 6pm-9pm
A public opening in conjunction with Coral Gables Gallery Walk, featuring live music and a cash bar to benefit CGM.
Free admission to all exhibits!
Historic Designation Plaque Dedication at Temple Judea Friday, September 5, 6pm
Open to the public as part of Friday night service.
Private Reception for Temple Judea and Museum members Thursday, September 11, 6pm-8pm
Guided Tour with guest curator Bill Iverson Sunday, September 14, 1pm
Gables Bike Tour: Holy Rollers Sunday, September 21, 10am
Exorcise your lazy demons! Our September bike tour visits Coral Gables' most prominent houses of worship, including Church of the Little Flower, St. Mary's First Missionary Baptist Church, and Temple Judea for a special building tour with Senior Rabbi Judith Siegal. Can we get an AMEN? This bike tour departs from Coral Gables Museum. 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. Gables Bike Tours are presented by Coral Gables Museum and Bike Walk Coral Gables. Gables Bike Tours are powered by Voss Water.
$10; $5 for Museum members and children under 12. Space is limited. Please RSVP to 305.603.8067.
Children's Day Sunday, October 26 10:30am - P.J. Library Event at Books & Books hosted by Temple Judea
Storytelling and Jewish children's book giveaway at Books & Books. Free. 1:00pm - Kid's Tour of Temple Judea exhibit at Coral Gables Museum
Museum admission rates apply.