Whether you’re an artist or just an appreciator of fine art, now that you’ve booked your flights to Miami, it’s time to get packing and jet set to Miami’s thriving art scene. With large communities from Cuba, African countries, the Caribbean and Latin America, the city has absorbed a mix of cultures into its artwork giving it a fresh, unique perspective not found elsewhere.
The Bird Road Art District
Placed between 48th Street and 40th Street, the Bird Road Art District is one of Miami’s most eclectic art neighborhoods. In this neighborhood, you’ll discover 30 artists’ studios. The Bird Road Art Walk also includes art schools, art galleries and a live theater group. This district was originally developed by artists in the 1980s, and has stayed true to its origins ever since. Warehouses in the area were converted to art walks and open houses, and in 200, this neighborhood was officially designated an art district by the county.
The Lowe Art Museum
Need a way you can hop off your flight to Miami and right into a museum for that art-fix? Well, just a few miles from Miami International Airport, The Lowe Art Museum is Miami’s first art museum and can offer you just that. Located on the University of Miami campus, it originally started 66 years ago as just three classrooms and has grown to encompass nearly 19,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of art and culture. Permanent collections include Baroque and Renaissance, Native American, African, Pacific Islands, Antiquities and Asian Art, complemented by compelling contemporary exhibitions. The Lowe Art Museum was the first art museum in Florida to be accredited by the American Association of Museums and is a must-see for art aficionados.
Bass Museum of Art
Located at 2121 Park Avenue, the Bass Museum of Art offers musical programs, art classes and a stream of exhibitions. While this art deco building may be one of Miami’s smaller art museums, it has a unique collection that is worth checking out.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is the place to go for the latest modern art exhibitions. The internationally recognized museum hosts emerging and established artists. Their Optic Nerve collection is an important forum for emerging artists working in film, and has featured over 220 new film artists, allowing them to present their work for the first time.
The Perez Art Museum in Miami
Enjoy some of the latest modern and contemporary art pieces at the Perez. The museum is dedicated to collecting international art from the 20th and 21st centuries. This museum transformed Museum Park into a thriving cultural hot spot in Miami, the architecture of the building alone drawing critical acclaim. It features a diverse array of cultural and modern art.
Most museums and art exhibitions on this list are only open during the daytime, so make sure to plan ahead so you can see as many as possible on your trip to the Magic City. You may also want to check out the current exhibitions at each museum or gallery since new exhibitions are constantly being added.