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5 ESSENTIAL MIAMI MUSEUMS YOU HAVE TO VISIT
BY ASHLEY BROZIC
Miami’s art scene doesn’t just pop off during Art Basel. Year-round the cultural zeitgeist can appreciate works at any one of the city’s world-class art museums, from the historical to the experiential. We prefer to let the “old” cities patronize the classics. Instead, Miami’s museums, galleries, and exhibitions reflect the city’s young, vibrant, and international energy. Collectors know that this is a place where new and established contemporary artists — especially those with unique Hispanic and African perspectives — can thrive.
Miami museums aren’t just for art experts, however, they offer a little something for everyone. And they’re easily accessible, so you can pop in and soak up some culture without it taking up your whole day.
, for instance, is located within minutes of the best museums in Miami, so you can spend your weekends exploring all of the art and culture Miami has to offer.
Here are some of our favorites.
1. RUBELL MUSEUM
In 1965, a medical school student and his wife purchased their first art piece, paying it off in humble installments. Eventually, they amassed more than over 7,200 works from some of the world’s most influential and acclaimed contemporary artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, and Cecily Brown. Such is the story of Dan and Maya Rubell, who have been instrumental in making Miami a notable art city by putting their collection, one of the world’s largest privately owned, on display. Like they pioneered Wynwood, they are vitalizing Allapattah with the
, located only one and a half miles away from Sentral Wynwood. Make sure you plan time for a bite at
, the Rubell Museum restaurant, after your visit. The gorgeous eatery is known just as much for its art-centered dining area that opens up into a charming courtyard as its tasty Basque dishes.
2. SUPERBLUE MIAMI
There’s observing art, and then there’s being entirely consumed by it. This is the case at
, the immersive experience across from the Rubell Museum that sees you walking through the imaginations and whims of some of the world’s most innovative artists. More than just a place to nourish your Instagram feed, Superblue elevates the experiential museum with meaningful themes and ideas projected from floor to ceiling — one current installation even promises rain. How’s that for immersive? Once you’ve worked up an appetite, grab local Florida bites at Blue Rider, Superblue’s technicolor cafe featuring local food trucks.
3. PEREZ ART MUSEUM
With its lush hanging gardens, modern facade, and breezy veranda facing Biscayne Bay,
Perez Art Museum Miami
(PAMM) is as much of an architectural marvel as it is a world-class museum. Its exhibitions reflect its roots; as the city where Latin America and the U.S. converge, it should come as no surprise that PAMM’s permanent collection and its rotating exhibits reflect Miami’s deeply international culture, bringing artists from South America, Central America, and the Caribbean to light. PAMM also touts a chic, design-forward gift shop and Verde, a gorgeous bayview restaurant with a rotating menu of exhibition-inspired dishes.
4. INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART (ICA)
Located mere minutes from Sentral Wynwood, Miami’s
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)
in the Design District specializes in experimental contemporary exhibitions from today’s most cutting-edge artists. Most notable at ICA are its events, performances, and programming; often open to the public, they help us contextualize and understand the works on view while also enriching us with new experiences and dialogue among artists – and ourselves. Admission to ICA is free, though to truly get the most out of it, we recommend booking a tour in advance. The best time to visit is on the first Friday of every month, when the museum stays open after hours with exploration and entertainment for visitors of all ages.
5. THE BASS
Housed within a stunning Art Deco building along Collins Avenue near Miami Beach,
brings a substantial collection of contemporary art to South Beach. It’s home to The Bass Creativity Center, an educational facility done in collaboration with Stanford University for art lovers of all ages, featuring workshops, tours, and public programs to help visitors and students understand art more deeply and weave design-thinking into their own projects. Explore all eight galleries, but leave some breathing room to lounge about the courtyard or expansive front lawn.
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ABOUT THE WRITER
Ashley Brozic is a freelance writer, copywriter, and creative strategist based in Miami. A Cuban Miami girl through and through, Ashley has been covering the city’s fashion, fitness, food and cultural scene since launching Racked Miami in 2013. She graduated from the University of Miami and has contributed to publications like Departures, Ocean Drive, TimeOut, Eater, as Miami New Times. By day, she’s a senior copywriter at an ad agency. By night, she’s out and about enjoying Miami’s restaurants, bars, and music venues — or filling up more online shopping carts than she’d like to admit — and always on the hunt for the next best cocktail.
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