It’s not every day you go to a casino with no intention to gamble.
And yet, there we were, parking outside one of Florida’s biggest casinos in search of the recently-opened Burger Museum. ‘Recent’, in this case, means December 2016 – and the entrance to the museum is right next door to the burger museum’s entrance.
Once in, ask if Sef is around – there’s a fair chance he is. The jovial owner is more than happy to show you around the packed one-room collection. Some audiovisual equipment and an app is coming soon, and most pieces have some notes to go along with them. Scattered throughout the museum are the cups, trays, signage, and plenty of other parts of the burger experience – guaranteed to bring back some nostalgic feelings if you’ve been eating burgers for more than a few years.
This prime real estate right next to the casino’s entrance used to be storage space. Back in the 1920’s, when the casino first opened, this space served as the original entrance. “A quick fix-up, and we were open,” Sef said.
An old blueprint for Burger King, which was founded in Florida – specifically drawn up for locations outside of Florida.
‘But why a burger museum would open in a casino…?’ you might be asking. Chalk one up to the power of relationships and helping others – it seems the Burger Beast’s office was filled with the exhibits you’ll find inside as he was helping the casino plan some food-themed events. The casino staffperson remarked at the collection, which opened the door to pitching the idea for a museum. Today, the museum helps coordinate a monthly food truck event on the casino grounds – yet another great reason to visit a casino that has nothing to do with gambling…
It’s not just burgers – the famous Colonel’s memorabilia is appropriately housed in a chicken coop.
A few of the bigger pieces – your age miiiiight be showing if you recall the Hamburglar, and is definitely showing if you remember Officer Big Mac, who dates back to 1970.
A closer look at these rare pieces.
Appropriately enough for the museum (or perhaps a coincidence relating to the many hungry people that visit a casino), no fewer than five fast-food restaurants can be found within a short walk of the casino’s entrance. It’s a fun, unique stop that’s well worth a half-hour – more if you’re up for a fun chat.
Name: Burger Museum by Burger Beast
Address: 450 NW 37th Avenue Miami, Florida 33125 (Inside Magic City Casino) (GPS: 25.776812, -80.257003)
Directions: Once in Miami, the Magic City Casino is a well-known location. If taking the bus, take bus 6 or 37 to the NW 37 Av@NW 4 Te stop or bus 7 to the NW 7 St@NW 37 Av stop.
Hours:12pm-8pm Monday-Saturday, 12pm-6pm Sunday
Phone: (305) 305-3999
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