When you think “art,” Miami is not the first town that you might think of. But art lovers and travelers who appreciate art will be surprised. With its wealth of Cuban, Caribbean, and Latin American influences, you’ll find that Miami is a city that’s ripe with talented artists who have a unique American perspective and whose works are displayed in beautiful galleries, museums, and other non-conventional spaces.
So, if you’re an art aficionado heading for Magic City, we’ve lined up some of the best places to visit and what you shouldn’t miss while you’re there.
The Bird Road Art District
A neighborhood that spans between 48th Street and 40th Street, the Bird Road Art District is one of Miami’s most eclectic and important art districts. You’ll discover many artists’ studios as well as alternative art spaces, galleries, and art schools. You can admire a host of different art forms while strolling through the area, including paintings in all genres and mediums, sculpture, installations, conceptual art, digital art, spoken word, and black box theater.
Don’t miss: The Bird Road Art Walk, held from 7-10 pm on the third Saturday of every month, brings artists, art lovers, and collectors together. Artists open their doors to visitors and it’s a great opportunity to talk to artists, discuss their work, and do some networking in an intimate setting.
The Lowe Art Museum
The Lowe Art Museum was the first art museum in Florida to be accredited by the American Association of Museums. Run by the University of Miami, it was designed to help educate the public and has grown over the years to house about 17,500 artifacts. You’ll have a lot to see! The exhibits are organized by style, including Baroque, Native American, Renaissance, and Asian art.
Don’t miss: The museum’s glass art gallery is a stand-out section that alone is worth the admission fee. You can see a few small pieces by famous America glass sculptor Dale Chihuly and even a piece by Picasso.
The Perez Art Museum in Miami
If it’s the latest modern and contemporary art pieces that you want to check out, then The Perez Art Museum is the place to go. With a robust, frequently changing collection focused on international art from the 20th and 21st centuries, the museum has transformed Museum Park into a thriving cultural hot spot in Miami.
Don’t miss: The architecture of the building has drawn a lot of critical acclaim. Take a few minutes to admire its bold design and spacious garden area, as well as the greenery spiraling down from its “hanging gardens.”
The Museum of Contemporary Art is the place to go for the latest modern art exhibitions. The museum’s Optic Nerve collection is an important forum for emerging artists working in film, and has featured over 220 new cinematographers, allowing many of them to present their work for the first time.
Don’t miss: MOCA holds free outdoor concerts (rain or shine) on the last Friday of every month at 8 pm, which feature talented jazz artists.
Bass Museum of Art
“The Bass” is located at 2121 Park Avenue and offers musical programs, art classes, and a stream of exhibitions. While it’s rather small compared to some of the other museums in town, it still has impressive exhibits and an expanding collection of contemporary art.
Don’t miss: The fall will see the installation of artist Ugo Rondinone’s Miami Mountain in Collins Park, right outside the museum.
Do you know of any other places in Miami that art lovers should visit? Let us know in the comments below!