Miami’s Museums and Art Scene


You probably want to know what types of museums are available in the Miami area and what kind of  art  scene the city has. There are endless possibilities to view a variety of outstanding museums and find the perfect  art  scene during your stay.

Even though Miami has not been known as a cultural center as far as museums are concerned, its reputation is changing. The esteemed Switzerland’s  Art  Basel Fair is held at the Collins Park Cultural Center in December.

There are three  art  buildings located at the cultural center. The Bass Museum of  Art , the superior designed home of the Miami City Ballet and the Miami Beach Regional Library. You’ll need to check out the Library Cafe. It has offers coffee and pastries for you enjoy in a cultural atmosphere.

Be sure and check local listings for periodic gallery walks. Many of the  art  museums and galleries are closed in the summer.

 Art  Center South Florida

Local artists display their works in all media. You’ll see photography, sculptures and videos plus anything else that might display the artistic nature. It’s fun to mosey through this center and view the various artists at work in their studios. If you call ahead, you can get a guided tour. Best of all admission is free.

Bass Museum of  Art 

This museum is Miami’s most progressive  art  museum. An outdoor sculpture terrace, cafe. courtyard and a museum shop are available. They have a permanent collection that includes European paintings with special emphasis on northern European  art  of the Renaissance. It has a lab that makes it possible for aspiring artists to create their own pieces on computers that are provided free of charge.

Holocaust Memorial

This is a must see memorial that is hard to miss. The powerful centerpiece shows victims of the concentration camps stretching up a hand to the sky. Along the reflecting pool is their story told in cut marble slabs. As you walk along the open hallway, you’ll see photographs and names of the camps and their victims.

Lowe  Art  Museum

The museum is at the University of Miami campus. It has a collection of 8,000 works that include Navajo and Pueblo Indian  art  along with Renaissance and baroque  art . It’s best known for its Greek and Roman antiquities.

Miami  Art  Museum

You’ll enjoy the mix of modern and contemporary works. Exhibitions focus on Caribbean and Latin American artists. Along with the museum the center houses the main branch of the Miami Public Library. The library will, at times, feature  art  and cultural exhibits. The Historical Museum of Southern Florida highlights the unique history of the area.

Miami Children’s Museum

This compound includes 14 galleries, classrooms, a Kid Smart gift shop, 200-seat auditorium, and has an interactive play area. There is a parent-teacher resource center. It offers hundreds of bilingual programs, classes and learning materials related to  arts , culture, and communication. Another exciting feature is the World Music Studio. Kids who desire to be rock stars can record a few tracks and play instruments.

Science Museum

There are more than 140-hands on exhibits. You’ll be able to explore the mysteries of the universe. Also, the Wildlife Center and Space Transit Planetarium are great exhibits.

Museum of Contemporary  Art 

They have a collection of  art  with a local flavor. It is known for its ability to discover and highlight new artists. There is a high-tech screening room that allows film presentations to complement the exhibits.

Patricia and Phillip Frost  Art  Museum

Can you believe this museum is housed in a $16-million building? The museum is located on the campus of Florida International University. It’s the only one of its kind in Florida that attempts to exhibit paintings in natural light. The general collection represents American printmaking and photography from the 1960s and 1970s.

Rubell Family  Art  Collection

The collection is housed in a two-story, 40,000 square-foot, and warehouse. The priceless collection houses more than 1,000 works of contemporary  art . Just so you’ll know this may not be the best family oriented visit since some of the  art  is extremely graphic.

Sanford L. Ziff Jewish Museum

The museum is housed in a former synagogue and chronicles over 230 years of Jewish heritage and experiences in Florida. It presents a look at religion and culture through films, lectures, and exhibits.

Wolfsonian Florida International University

It hosts lectures and swinging events that surround particular exhibits. Wolfson was a collector of propaganda and advertising  art . It holds more than 70,000 of his items. This collection is the envy of curators around the world.

Source by La Rita L. Shroy

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