In 2002, Art Basel launched in Miami, and the city known for beaches and nightlife found itself full of art enthusiasts. Since then, tourists have flocked to the city looking to explore the arts scene, birthing areas like the Wynwood Arts District.
Want to explore the art of Miami but unsure where to start?
From the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the World Erotic Art Museum, the Bass Museum of Art, Soundscape Cinema Miami, and The Museum of Contemporary Art — there are many places to explore, no matter your taste. Here are some of the best art museums in Miami to give you a well-rounded experience.
Hailed by Condé Nast as a “magnet for art buffs and Instagrammers alike,” the Pérez Art Museum in Miami is a contemporary art museum that attracts art lovers globally. The museum features more than 3,000 permanent works and proudly displays Cuban and Latin American artists, among other acclaimed artists such as Jenny Holzer and Sam Gilliam. And don’t forget to walk through the iconic hanging gardens and Asian-inspired outdoor gardens.
Interact with clouds made of soap bubbles in an ever-changing installation at Superblue Miami, an exciting immersive art experience. With artists pushing the boundaries of what art can be – delivering powerful experiences meant to be shared – wind your way through a mirrored labyrinth by Es Devlin, discover a transcendent digital environment by teamLab, and enter an enveloping light-based Ganzfeld work by James Turrell.
Open All Week
The World Erotic Museum – yes, you read that correctly – is located in South Beach and boasts the largest collection of erotic art in America. WEAM, for short, the museum partners with organizations like the Kinsey Institute to keep visitors’ experiences fresh with rotating galleries. Keeping in mind their 18-or-older policy, this museum is a can’t miss Miami experience featuring paintings, tapestries, sculptures, and other mediums that celebrate the human body.
Open All Week
The contemporary art museum showcases the first solo museum exhibitions in the United States for international artists. The Bass Museum of Art was founded in 1964 upon a generous donation of John and Johanna Bass’s private collection of art to a 1930s art deco building previously known as the Miami Beach Public Library and Art Center. Design, architecture, and fashion abound at this Miami art museum.
Open Wednesdays to Sundays
Soundscape Cinema Miami delivers a well-rounded approach to the art scene. It democratizes cinema access by projecting films onto a 7,000 square foot wall of the New World Center, for free. The twelfth season of Cinema Series at SoundScape Park is all about recognizing diverse artists by focusing on the talent of those of African descent. This season is curated by the American Black Film Festival and features films such as “The Pursuit of Happyness” and “Father of the Bride.”
Occurs every Wednesday from October to May
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Explore collections that have been loaned to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art or London's Tate Modern in their native home. The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami (MOCA) displays 8 to 10 installations every year and houses more than 400 works from worldwide contemporary artists like Keith Haring and Pablo Cano. Enjoy MOCA by Moonlight on Wednesday evenings and the Jazz at MOCA concert series every last Friday of the month.
Think graffiti isn’t a form of art? You would be wrong — the world’s first graffiti museum is located in Wynwood and examines the history behind the art form starting in the 1970s. The museum’s mission is to tell the story of the marginalized artists that didn’t have another platform to create other than the streets and to transform the stories behind graffiti as we know it today.
Open All Week