In 2005, Dade Heritage Trust listed the old Naval Air Station Richmond Building-25 as one of the ten most endangered structures on the County-wide General Obligation Bond Fund Referendum. The first funding was released in 2007 for a Feasibility Study by Lord Museum Resources, where it was revealed that a military museum was feasible at a location near Zoo Miami. At the time, the building was condemned and abandoned by the government, and the first hands-on activity for restoration was asbestos abatement. In 2010, the structure was cut away from the foundation, lifted up by wheeled hydraulic jacks, and moved from the Federal Correction Institute area to the nearby zoo, making it the largest building moved in Florida in one piece. The building was settled onto a new foundation at a site adjacent to Zoo Miami and Gold Coast Railroad Museum, and the next ten years were spent raising money to restore the interior. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017 and received its Certificate of Occupancy on March 24, 2020. The mission of the Miami-Dade Military Museum is to preserve and present our common military heritage – a story of people, not guns. From the forgotten Army officer for whom this County is named, Major Dade; to Navy Veteran Marjory Stoneman Douglas who later wrote a book. From Chappie James to the Tuskegee Airmen who lived here in Richmond Heights. It is dedicated to inspiring the young men and women to keep the ideals of this country alive.