Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) at Miami Dade College

Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) at Miami Dade College

The Museum of Art and Design is Miami Dade College's contemporary art museum dedicated to the exhibition of visual art and design. MOAD is located within the Freedom Tower in Downtown Miami, which is a National Historic Landmark. Visitors to the museum will view unique exhibits which are anchored in history, education, and culture. The programs offered by MOAD enhance both the lives of Miami locals and visits to the Miami area. The Freedom Tower is also home to an expansive permanent art collection, archives, and newly established design collection.

Built in 1925 to house Miami's first newspaper, MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower has stood as a model symbolizing freedom ever since. The Freedom Tower is home not only to MOAD, but also to the MDC Special Collections, which include the Cuban Legacy Gallery, the Kislak Center, and the Exile Experience.

From 1962 to 1974, the Freedom Tower served as the Cuban Assistance Center, where assistance was given to hundreds of thousands of Cuban refugees entering the United States. These immigrants brought with them rich cultural traditions, which have helped shape Miami into what it is today. After several years of neglect, leaders from the Cuban American community stepped in to save the Freedom Tower in order to honor the Cuban history in Miami, and then in 2005, generously donated it to Miami Dade College.

Check out MOAD Talks on Youtube.

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