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The 5 Best Museums in Miami


Whether you’re into paintings or photography, you’ll find all of your favorite art forms at these best museums in Miami!

  1. Pérez Art Museum Miami

    Better known as the PAMM, this contemporary art museum is much more than a place to browse paintings. Aficionados love the Herzog & de Meuron-designed space for its extensive variety of Latin American works (collector and Miami developer Jorge Pérez donated a portion of his personal collection valued at an estimated $20 million), sculptural installations by international artists and slew of visiting exhibits, such as a recent survey of Cuban painter Amelia Peláez. While non-artsy types favor the PAMM for its cultural programming—from happy hours to monthly evening dance parties—views of Biscayne Bay and new American restaurant, Verde.

  2. Museum of Contemporary Art

    Decidedly cooler and more low key than the museums clustered in downtown Miami, the MOCA is where you’ll find big Art Basel debuts, such as Tracey Emin’s popular neon installation “Angel Without You,” and avant garde exhibitions from international artists. Jazz at the MOCA brings out the locals on the last Friday of each month for an outdoor concert and donation-based entrance to the museum. Community programming, however, takes on a more didactic approach, with a focus on art education that includes artist-led lectures and classes taught by local photographers and painters.

  3. HistoryMiami

    Interested in seeing what a real Cuban refugee raft looks like? Want to see the actual Miramar Playa hotel sign used during the filming of Magic City in Miami? Both, and more, are on display at HistoryMiami, a microcosm of the city’s past and present. Anytime a famous person makes history in Miami, it’s documented here—including the time The Beatles performed sold-out shows in Miami Beach or the numerous times Frank Sinatra filmed movies and television shows at the Fontainebleau Hotel (“Sinatra: An American Icon” is on display through June 2016). All exhibits here are fun and interactive so kids of all ages will enjoy learning about a time they may or may not remember.

  4. Wolfsonian-FIU

    Though flanked by nightclubs and late-night eateries, the Wolfsonian-FIU manages to attract serious thinkers and art lovers. Its exhibits are progressive without leaning toward the radical or esoteric, providing insight into trending topics like the relationship between the United States and Cuba. While its permanent collections, comprising paintings, graphic designs and a myriad of objects, offer a more general view of the modern world. On Fridays, the museum is free to the public between the hours of 6 to 9pm—which makes for one of South Beach’s most popular happy hours.

  5. Bass Museum of Art

    Formed following a generous donation by eponymous collectors John and Johanna Bass, the Bass Museum of Art has been a beacon of contemporary works for the City of Miami Beach since it was founded in 1963. From an actual Egyptian sarcophagus to more of-the-moment exhibits centered on fashion—including the recent “Art & Sole: Fantasy Shoes” from the Jane Gershon Weitzman Collection—the Bass reflects the city’s (and its founders’) broad range of interests. The museum’s main Art Deco building (the site of former Miami Beach Library and Art Center) is under construction through the end of 2016, during which bassX, a satellite space in the Miami Beach Regional Library, remains open.

Article by: Time Out Miami

10 Jan
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