Hall of Aviation - Miami From the Sky

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Miami International Airport

Division of Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs in partnership with HistoryMiami Museum

MIAMI FROM THE SKY Aerial Photographs from HistoryMiami Museum’s Collection

On view through August 2023 | Hall of Aviation, South Terminal J, International Greeters Lobby | Mezzanine level (4th floor) HistoryMiami Museum’s extensive photography collection includes thousands of aerial photographs that document Miami’s history from a unique perspective. Miami from the Sky showcases a selection of the museum’s best aerial photographs dating from throughout the 20th century, with a focus on Miami’s events, attractions, development, and the built and natural environments. Featuring images from photographer like Richard B. Hoit, Chris Hanson, and Tim Chapman, this exhibition includes 100 photographs, archival footage from the Wolfson Archives at Miami-Dade College, and aerial photography cameras. Mission: The Hall of Aviation is an exhibition venue dedicated to exploring themes of flight and the history of aviation, with an emphasis on Miami and Miami International Airport. Envisioned as an ongoing partnership between HistoryMiami Museum and Miami International Airport’s Division of Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Hall of Aviation features rotating exhibitions that explore the various aspects of Miami’s long-standing fascination with flight. HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, safeguards and shares Miami stories to foster learning, inspire a sense of place, and cultivate an engaged community. Through exhibitions, artistic endeavors, city tours, education, research, collections, and publications, the museum works to help everyone understand the importance of the past in shaping Miami’s future.

The Natural Environment

Everglades National Park, December 6, 1947. 8,000 spectators traveled to Everglades City to watch President Harry S. Truman dedicate Everglades National Park. Hamilton Wright, photographer. Miami News Collection. 1989-011-13392.

Hurricane Andrew, 1992. The Seaward Explorer, pushed aground by Hurricane Andrew just south of the Charles Deering Estate. Masud Quraishy, photographer. Masud Quraishy Slide Collection. 2005-387-1-6-57.

The Built Environment

Freedom Tower, April 1, 1934. The Miami Daily News building (now the Freedom Tower) from the Goodyear Blimp. South Florida Photograph Collection. 2016-254-67.


Port of Miami, November 23, 1994. Shipping containers and cranes at the Port of Miami on Dodge Island. A dredging project in 1993 deepened the port to accommodate larger cargo ships. Tim Chapman, photographer. Tim Chapman Collection. 2013-334-1994-73-4.


Fontainebleau Miami Beach, circa 1954. The Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel under construction. The hotel was built on the site of Harvey Firestone’s estate—portions of which, including the mansion and gardens, are visible. South Florida Photograph Collection. 1995-410-58.


Miami International Airport, August 1, 1976. Miami International Airport in the mid-1970s still largely maintained its original 1959 footprint. The first major addition to the airport, the International Satellite Terminal, is under construction in the background.


Miami’s Waterfront, 1919. Miami’s waterfront before the construction of Bayfront Park. The Royal Palm Hotel is on the center right, with Brickell Point in the foreground. Miami News Collection. 1989-011-10397.

Downtown Miami, circa 1975. Downtown Miami featuring Miamarina, One Biscayne Tower, and the First Federal building (now SunTrust International Center). When completed in 1972, One Biscayne Tower became the tallest building in Miami, a title that the Dade County Courthouse had maintained since 1928.

USS Akron, 1933. The USS Akron (ZRS-4) flies over Hialeah on its way to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after refueling at Opa-locka. South Florida Photograph Collection. Illustrated Daily Tab Photo. 1995-234-16