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The largest Celia Cruz exhibit is opening in Miami this week. Here’s how to see it for free

Celia Cruz
Celia Cruz

The exhibition “Por siempre Celia” (Forever Celia) will open its doors to the public this Saturday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. in the Museum of the Cuban Diaspora of the United States (American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora).

The show joins a series of commemorative activities for the 15th anniversary of the death of the Queen of Salsa. It includes some of her striking costumes, dozens of awards, videos and countless objects from her personal collection.

Admission on Saturday and Sunday will be free.

Among other novelties of the exhibition are the Cuban passport the artist used as she went into exile, via Mexico, on July 15, 1960; the first contract that she signed with the famous Hollywood Paladium of New York; books; unpublished photographs and a scale reproduction of her private office.

Celia Cruz was born in Havana, Cuba, on Oct 21, 1925. She died at her home in Fort Lee, New Jersey, on July 16, 2003.

The singer produced 78 records and performed in more than 600 concerts around the world.

The museum will celebrate the opening of the exhibition with a VIP red carpet on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. On Friday the 19th, at the same time, another event will be held for members of the institution and patrons.

On her birthday on Sunday, at noon a free concert is scheduled featuring Miami bands Palo! and Suénalo.

Forever Celia will remain open until March 31, 2019.

‘Forever Celia’, Museum of the Cuban Diaspora of the United States, 1200 Coral Way, Miami; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday; $8-$ 12, Children under 12 years old (free)