Miami museums and galleries showcase the vibrancy, history and significance of this crossroads of America. From contemporary art to ornate gardens and street murals, the arts and cultural scene of the region is exciting and unique.
If you’re looking for a great place to start a journey of cultural discovery, Museum Park near Downtown Miami boasts the Perez Art Museum and Museum of Science. From there, it’s just a short stroll to the edgy street art of Wynwood and the Designer District.
Alternatively, head to Miami Beach and discover the region’s architectural history at the Art Deco Museum, or explore the offerings of the Bass Museum of Art.
Once a neglected area, Wynwood and the Design District has re-emerged to become the modern arts and creative hub of Miami. The area features museums, large installations of street art, and over 60 art galleries. A major drawcard of the area is the famous Wynwood Walls where over 40 murals by acclaimed artists are painted on the exterior of buildings.
Just south of Miami’s modern skyline is a nod to Italian culture and history in the form of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. The former winter home of businessman James Deering, this stunning mansion with equally spectacular gardens is designed to replicate an Italian villa. The gardens are renowned throughout America as some of the most ornate, featuring Italian and French influence.
The Perez Art Museum is home to a vast collection of modern and contemporary works celebrating the culture and diversity of Miami. Overlooking Biscayne Bay, the striking gallery focuses on 20th and 21st century works and also boasts elaborate hanging and sculpture gardens. The Perez Art Museum is open daily and is located in Museum Park near the Museum of Science.
Committed to documenting, protecting and conserving Miami culture, HistoryMiami Museum features a selection of permanent displays and changing exhibitions. The museum aims to help people understand how the region’s past affects its future and includes an aviation hall, photography displays, and the popular Tropical Dreams exhibition recounting a 10,000-year history of South Florida.
Famous the world over, the Art Deco architecture of Miami is explained and documented in detail at the Art Deco Museum. The facility allows you to better understand the architectural heritage and community culture of Miami Beach, providing an insight into the three main historic building styles of Miami. Opened in 2014, the museum also features scaled building models, roving displays, and personal memoirs of residents.
Housed in a former public library, the Bass Museum showcases international contemporary art. The museum features permanent and temporary exhibitions with the aim of expanding the definition of contemporary art. Exhibitions include the use of multimedia, fashion, design and architecture, and they span eight galleries, social spaces, a dedicated learning centre, and a cafe.