Spotlight: Inside the Miami Selfie Museum

Spotlight: Inside the Miami Selfie Museum


Oh, the selfie. The word itself has become a staple of our lexicon. In 2002, an Australian man named Nathan Hope, is credited with taking the first modern-day selfie. For his birthday, he had a little too much to drink and posted a photo of himself with a stitched-up lip, saying, “sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.” The Oxford English Dictionary affirms this story and origination of the word. Going even farther back, though, to 1839, a man named Robert Cornelius attempted to take a self-portrait by setting up his camera, running into frame, and waiting for 10 to 15 minutes. 

No matter the origin, the selfie is a part of our everyday lives. We may gather family and friends in front of our camera and snap a photo or five. When there’s no one to take your photo and you’re on vacation, taking a selfie by all the places you’ve visited means you’re still preserving the memories of your trip. In addition to capturing one-of-a-kind memories, selfies can help people play around with their style, smile and overall look.

The biggest challenge with selfies? Finding the perfect background! While many businesses and events are catering to the selfie-taking public now more than ever, it can still be choppy waters for even the most experienced selfie expert. Crowds can put a damper on a truly unique-looking pic, as well as unflattering lighting or even bad weather if you’re outside. It’s key to find the right scenery -- and wait for the perfect background, to strike a pose.

Look no further than the Miami Selfie Museum, the first and only Instagram selfie museum in the city. The location recently opened with social distancing rules, a limit to the number of people who can enter, plus a mask requirement. This allows its many guests to freely and safely express themselves throughout the space. “Miami has no shortage of selfie-worthy people, and our Miami Selfie Museum is ready and waiting for them young and old,” said a spokesperson from the museum. “We are so happy to be open and we know our community and people who come to visit Miami are all ready to have fun with us.” 

@atlastdenim at the Miami Selfie Museum

What should guests bring to the museum? All they need is their phone, and the space provides the rest. Here are a few examples of pictures you can take at the museum:

Rubber duckie, you’re the one. Pucker up with one of these bath time feathered friends in a glamorous clawfoot tub surrounded by giant pearls. 

Kirk Hill

Lights, camera, selfie: Flash your brilliant smile under these multi-colored hues, which dapple across a room of mirrors. You’ll be catching all the right angles of yourself.


Nothing’s sweeter than taking the perfect selfie -- well, and maybe the yellow gumballs background. This scene is a must for those who can’t get enough of organizing their candy. 

@perrygilchrist Miami Selfie Museum

With this and so many more backgrounds, you’ll need an endless camera roll (and multiple photo dumps on Instagram) at the Miami Selfie Museum.

About Miami Selfie Museum

Miami Selfie Museum is the perfect place to find your next profile picture or simply flex your creative muscle. They take selfies to an entirely new level of awesomeness. For more information and to buy tickets, visit 179 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127.

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