Cultural Passport

Secondary Experiences


A History Class Pass will enable students to have an educational field experience related to history through Miami-Dade County Public Schools' Cultural Passport program. Availability is very limited, so review the options below and click the Application link on the menu on the right to apply.

Educators understand the importance of providing enough background knowledge to ensure students can fully participate and engage in all that an experience has to offer. This webpage is designed to familiarize you with the selected historical sites and give you access to curriculum to guide your instruction as you prepare students for the experience. The links listed immediately below have general content for your grade level. Site specific curriculum may be linked within the detailed descriptions below.

Curriculum Resources

For All History:



The Barnacle Historic State Park

3485 Main Highway
Coconut Grove , FL 33133


About the Site
The Barnacle is the oldest house in Miami-Dade County still standing in its original location. As such, it serves as a tangible reminder of the pioneer days on Biscayne Bay. It is hard to imagine, but a mere 120 years ago there were only a handful of settlers living on the shores of Biscayne Bay. The city’s growth has been explosive and recent. The educational experience here is aimed at developing an understanding of the reasons settlement in Miami was delayed, the challenges settlers faced, and an appreciation of what has been lost in our quest for a comfortable life.

Up to 40 students and chaperones per day can enjoy a guided tour of the interior of the historic house for $1 per student and $3 per chaperone, which you are responsible for paying directly to The Barnacle. Larger groups can enjoy a free 30-minute educational interpretive talk about the park, viewing of the exterior of the house, as well as self-guided programs. Groups exceeding 60 people may schedule field experiences on multiple days to accommodate all 4th grade students. Please indicate in the Notes section of the application if you are interested in touring the interior of the house. You may also bring your own lunch for a picnic on the grounds.

Dade Heritage Trust

Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

About the Site
Dade Heritage Trust is Miami-Dade County’s largest historic preservation organization with a mission to preserve our community’s architectural, environmental, and cultural heritage through education and advocacy. Historic Places, Green Spaces is a new education program designed to acquaint students with significant cultural, historical, and recreational spaces within urban Miami. It is our goal to inspire an interest in historic preservation and a sense of civic pride.

Our standards-based curriculum offers on-site tours and interactive activities for K-8 students in the City of Miami’s Lummus Park (404 NW 3rd ST) utilizing two historic buildings—the Fort Dallas barracks and the William Wagner Homestead—as teaching tools. Fort Dallas was established in the early 1800’s in South Florida and has served as plantation slave quarters, a military base during the Seminole Wars, and even as Julia Tuttle’s home! The Wagner house was built in the mid-1800’s and is one of the few surviving buildings from the early days of settlement in South Florida. Both buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. The program is 3 hours with a 30 minute lunch break (lunch not provided). Students can bring their lunches and eat in the park.


101 W Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130

Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

About the Site
HistoryMiami is the premier cultural institution committed to gathering, organizing, preserving and celebrating Miami's history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. We accomplish this through exhibitions, city tours, education, research, collections and publications. HistoryMiami advocates for helping everyone understand the importance of the past in shaping Miami's future.

Students will experience 12,000 years of south Florida history, beginning with pre-historic peoples through modern day Miami. Our trained educators will bring history to life through this engaging program. Sit in the Miami Circle as you learn about the Tequesta. Go back in time to the Age of Exploration in our fort as you discuss European contact with Florida.  Experience the lives of the early settlers in our Chickee hut and Pioneer House. Learn how segregation played a role in American history in our restored Trolley, and how immigration has impacted Miami, and made it the gateway city that it is today. For middle and high school students we offer multiple programs that target such themes as Conservation, Architecture, Government and Teen life in Miami.

Teachers will be given pre and post materials. The materials are specifically designed to "warm up" the student before he or she comes to the museum. Students will also be given an opportunity to see our temporary gallery. Groups can bring their lunches and eat on the plaza.

The Holocaust Memorial

1933-1945 Meridian Avenue
Miami Beach , FL 33139

Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

About the Site
The Holocaust Memorial on Miami Beach is a structure that memorializes its victims, serves as solace to its survivors, and informs with factual representations in pictures and words of this century's greatest human crime. The program at the Memorial is approximately 1-1.5 hours long and includes a 22-minute documentary film on the creation of the Holocaust Memorial, guided walking tour through the Memorial and a discussion/question period with a Holocaust survivor.

Please see the enclosed brochure and be sure to visit our website for further information on how to prepare your students, additional resources. If you plan to bring lunch boxes, the Botanical Garden adjacent to the Memorial is an ideal place to have lunch. Please call the Botanical Garden at 305-673-7256  and make arrangements with them (closed on Monday).

Please be aware that the Memorial is outdoors, so students should wear hats and bring water. The students are welcome to bring their videos and cameras and take as many pictures as they would like.

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

301 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach , FL 33139

Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

About the Site
The Museum depicts the universal themes of the immigrant experience and acculturation process through the Jewish experience in Florida, from 1763 when Jews were first allowed to live here to the present. Through our exhibits and programs, the Museum demonstrates how ethnic groups all seek to balance the continuity and traditions of their heritage with the values and customs of a larger society. These themes resonate with students of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Multi-Media Experiences: Photos, films, artifacts, primary sources and oral histories are used to present topics: immigration, community development, discrimination, earning a living, acculturation and identity formation.
  • NextGen Sunshine State Standards and Core Curriculum where applicable: Exhibits and Tours fulfill benchmarks for the NextGen Florida Sunshine State Standards .
  • Curriculum Resources: Lesson plans with pre-, on-site & post-visit activities are available for each exhibit.
  • Multicultural Museum Education: In a Museum setting, programs complement classroom curriculum and engage, inspire, stimulate and motivate students to THINK and LEARN about cultural diversity and the contributions of multiple ethnic groups to the state of Florida.

Ongoing Permanent Exhibition:

MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida
Through photographs, artifacts, and documents, this exhibit highlights the cultural heritage and contributions of Jewish Floridians to the development of the state, as a universal model of immigration and acculturation.

Jay I. Kislak Gallery

7900 Miami Lakes Drive West
Miami Lakes, FL 33016

Tours scheduled throughout the school year. There is a maximum capacity of 40 students per tour. You may schedule multiple tours to accommodate additional students.

Kislak Gallery PowerPoint
Kislak Gallery PDF of PowerPoint

About the Site
A visit to the Jay I. Kislak Foundation Gallery in Miami Lakes is an extraordinary passage through centuries, an intellectual adventure and a visual delight. The significance and relevance of our history and the legacies of those who came before us vividly come to life in this extraordinary collection of art works, artifacts, books, manuscripts, maps and historic documents from the pre-Columbian cultures of the early Americas through the age of discovery and later explorations of the polar regions.

The gallery offers an opportunity to travel through time and across cultures and come face to face with treasures from the past that formed our present:

  • Writing and mythologies inscribed on artifacts of the ancient Maya people, whose sophisticated civilization flowered in what is now Central America for more than 1,000 years before the arrival of the Spanish; and objects from other indigenous cultures – the Olmec and Aztec of Mexico, the Inca and earlier peoples of Peru, and the Taíno from the islands of the Caribbean.
  • Letters and personal documents of the founding fathers of our nation, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson that give us insight to their personalities and the colonial world.
  • Books, maps and photographs that tell the story of the struggle, tragedy and triumph of polar expeditions and the heroic adventures of explorers such as Ernest Shackleton and Robert Scott.

Visitors will have the opportunity to share Jay Kislak’s sense of adventure, join journeys of exploration and experience the excitement of gaining new knowledge and new understandings of the ways peoples and cultures interact. History speaks to us, entertains and informs us, and guides us forward. History matters.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

32521 S. Miami Avenue
Miami , FL 33129

32521 S. Miami Avenue
Miami , FL 33129

View Vizcaya tour options for Middle and High School
(you do not need to select a specific tour at this stage of the application process)


About the Site
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark that preserves the Miami estate of James Deering to engage the community in learning through the arts, history and the environment. Vizcaya offers thematic tours for school audiences that support local, state   and national curricular goals in Social Studies, Visual Arts and Language Arts. Guided tours of the Main House and gardens for school students in grades 4-12 are available by appointment only and must be booked at least three weeks in advance. Because Vizcaya features 34 rooms on several floors and 11 acres of grounds, guided tours do not include all areas of the Main House or gardens. A variety of resources (see above) are available to help educators and students prepare for a visit to Vizcaya. Not all areas of the Main House and gardens are accessible, please make the Group Tour Coordinator aware of any special needs your group may have.


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