Miami Children’s Museum was established in 1983 as the Miami Youth Museum. In 1985, the 2,000 square foot Miami Youth Museum opened in a facility located in a shopping center in West Kendall. Visitor numbers stood at 9,301. Within a year the Museum expanded to a 4,000 square foot facility in South Miami’s Bakery Center. In 1996, due to a pending demolition of the Bakery Center, the Museum was forced to move temporarily to the Miracle Center. In 2003, Miami Children’s Museum opened in a new 56,500 square foot facility on Watson Island, near Downtown Miami. Today, we are recognized as one of the 10 largest children’s museums in the country and the only children’s museum in Miami-Dade County.