The Miami Museum of Science presents the exhibition If These Walls Could Talk, created by the Science Museum of Minnesota, featuring interactive displays of buildings and building-science applications from around the world that tell the story of their creation. Through Sept. 6 at the Miami Museum of Science, 3280 S Miami Ave., Miami. $6-$10. Details: (305) 646-4200 or www.miamisci.org.
The Edison Hotel presents a World War II exhibit featuring photos, uniforms, letters and other memorabilia depicting life on Miami Beach during that time period. From 1942 to 1945, the US military took over more than 300 hotels and buildings to train cadets for war. Through Sept. at 6960 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. Free. Details: (305) 531-2744 or www.campmiamibeachww2.com.
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida presents the Changing Styles/Changing Dials exhibit, an examination of the impact of television on home design and daily lives of South Floridians. Vintage objects unique to the era, television programming from the 1950s and 1960s and other popular-culture objects and ideas that changed the American home are showcased. Through Sept. 24 at 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 372-1492.
The Institute of Maya Studies, a non-profit organization that seeks to educate the public about the pre-Columbian cultures of the Americas, is holding a series of programs that teach participants about the ancient Maya from their scientific achievements to their historic cities. 8 p.m. Wednesdays through October at the Miami Museum of Science, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami. $6. Details: (305) 235-1192 or www.mayastudies.org.
MIAMI MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
The first Friday of each month, a night of music, laser-light dynamics, star shows, planetarium shows, workshops and observatory viewing in a fun, educational evening created for the family. 7-10:30 p.m. at 3280 S Miami Ave., Miami. $6-$10. Details: (305) 646-4420 or www.miamisci.org.
THE FLORIDA HOME
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida presents Modern Living: 1945-1965, showcasing domestic architecture in Florida in the Post-World War II period. The exhibit explores home design developments, changes in architectural styles and the effects of a subtropical environment as well as popular culture on construction of Florida homes. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays at 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. $2-$5. Details: (305) 375-1492.
The Miami Children's Museum celebrates friendship month throughout August. Activities include making friendship bracelets, pen pals and friendship charms. 11:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily. Activities are free with paid museum admission. 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. Adults and children $10. MCM and children under 1-year-old free. Details: (305) 373-kids.