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HistoryMiami celebrates Cuban-American superstar Willy Chirino

HistoryMiami will recognize the life and career of legendary singer-songwriter Willy Chirino with an exhibition that documents his career spanning five decades through a collection of awards, concert attire, photos, videos, and personal items.

Willy Chirino: 50 Years of Music
Exhibit runs January 27 through September 10, 2023

Chirino began his artistic career in Miami, releasing his first album in 1974. Since then, he has recorded over 20 albums, several of which have attained platinum and gold status.

Courtesy of artist management / History Miami

The Cuban-born artist, who came to the United States in 1960 as part of Operación Pedro Pan, has recorded dozens of albums, won GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY® awards, and was instrumental in the development of the 1970s Miami Sound. Join us in celebrating one of Miami’s music icons — Willy Chirino … One Man, One City, One Dream.

Opening Day Celebration:
Friday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free and open to the public with registration

Enjoy free admission to the museum, special giveaways, live music and so much more at the exhibit opening. 

NOTE: Willy will NOT be at the public celebration.

Click HERE to register.

Some items you can expect to see in the exhibition include:

  • 2006 GRAMMY Award
  • 2014 Latin GRAMMY Award
  • 1998 Billboard Award
  • Suit and wedding dress from Willy Chirino’s wedding
  • The ensemble used during a visit to Guantanamo Naval Base, and more!

Getting there

HistoryMiami and the Cultural Plaza are connected to the Miami-Dade Cultural Parking Garage and just steps away from the Government Center Metrorail and Metromover.

HistoryMiami Museum is at 101 W. Flagler St., in downtown Miami. Call 305-375-1492 or visit

Parking for a fee located at nearby garages and street parking.

Mary Lou Cruz

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