This sunny city is not only about the beach and shopping. There is some serious Miami museum hopping available for those who enjoy the contemporary, historic, natural, scientific or erotic art. Exhibitions for the smallest of the family are also easily found from this city. Choose one of the few cloudy days in the city and get familiar with the supply of Miami museums.
The next list of museums gets you started and provides activities for many days:
Miami Art Museum
Miami Art Museum
Located in downtown Miami, this museum of modern and contemporary art dedicates to exhibiting and collecting international art with special focus on the American, European and African cultures from the 20th and 21st centuries.
101 W Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130
T. +1 305 375 3000, http://www.miamiartmuseum.org/
Lowe Art Museum
The Lowe Art Museum is the art museum of the University of Miami and features permanent collections from Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceana and the Americas. This museum pursues on teaching its visitors through its permanent and borrowed collections.
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33124-6310
T. +1 305 284 3535, http://www6.miami.edu/lowe/
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
MOCA exhibits the new trends and directions in contemporary art. Most of its exhibitions present the mix of emerging and legendary artists. MOCA presents a calendar of lectures by renowned artists and critics, film screenings, concerts, and performances.
Joan Lehman Building
770 NE 125th Street,
North Miami, Florida 33161
T. +1 305 893 6211
Miami Science Museum (MiaSci)
MiaSci features scientific and technological art and exhibitions to people of all ages interested of natural phenomenon. Currently under construction in downtown Miami is the new museum including public gardens, fountains and pools.
MiaSci also includes a Planetarium and a Wildlife Center. The Planetarium features surround sound, video projection, lasers and a four story tall multi-media imagery, whereas the Wildlife Center dedicates to the ecological research and rehabilitation.
3280 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129
T. +1 305 646 4200, http://www.miamisci.org/
World Erotic Art Museum Miami
World Erotic Art Museum
This museum is the home of the America´s largest collection of erotic art. Museum features a private collection of paintings, tapestries,sculptures and art objects of antique and contemporary art and shows different cultures, art mediums and lifestyles in a historic time line.
1205 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
T. +1 305 532 9336, http://www.weam.com/
Bass Museum of Art
In spite of the musical name, this museum doesn´t provide musical art but a collection of Antiquities, Renaissance and Baroque art, exhibitions, educational programs and scholarships.
2100 Collins Avenue (between 21st & 22nd)
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
T. +1 305 673 7530, http://www.bassmuseum.org/
Museum of HistoryMiami
The Museum of HistoryMiami acts as a space that presents the history of Miami and the greater South Florida region. It offers exhibitions, collections, and publications for both the local community as for visitors.
101 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130
T. +1 305 375 1492, http://www.historymiami.org/
The Wolfsonian is a museum and research center which possesses a collection of objects from the modern era (1885-1945) and focuses on how art and design shape and reflect the human experience. Museum offers its visitors exhibitions, publications, educational programs and individual scholarship.
1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
At the corner of 10th Street and Washington Avenue
T. +1 305 531 1001, http://www.wolfsonian.org/
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum (formerly The Art Museum at FIU)
Located on the University Park campus of Florida International University, this museum is committed to art education for all ages, offering innovative programs including Art Smart for 5th grade students, guided tours on its Sculpture Park and lectures by renowned artists and luminaries through its Steven & Dorothea Green Critics Lecture Series and Latin American & Caribbean Art Lecture Series.
Florida International University, University Park
10975 SW 17th Street
Miami, FL 33199, T. +1 305 348 2890
Haitian Heritage Museum
This culturally rich museum, located in the heart of Little Haiti, provides its visitors with Haitian art, historic artifacts, Haitian music and films and a collection of Haitian literature.
4141 NE 2 Ave. # 105C
Miami, FL 33137
T. +1 305 371 5988, http://www.haitianheritagemuseum.org
Cloisters of the Ancient Spanish Monistery
Cloisters of the Ancient Spanish Monastery
Originally built from 1133-1141 AD in Spain, the Cloisters were part of a Cistercian monastery for nearly 700 years. In 1925 shipped to the US, the Cloisters were reassembled in South Florida in 1952. Nowadays works as a popular place to organize weddings and take tourist tours.
16711 West Dixie Highway
North Miami Beach, Fl 33160
T. +1 305 945 1461, http://www.spanishmonastery.com/
The ArtCenter/South Florida (ACSF)
ACSF offers contemporary visual arts and culture through education, exhibition and public outreach programming and it provides a work-space for visual artists in all stages of career development.
924 Lincoln Road, Suite 205
Miami Beach, FL 33139
T. +1 305 674 8278, http://www.artcentersf.org/
Black Police Precinct Courthouse and Museum
This museum displays police memorabilia; artifacts, documents, video, and word of mouth stories by the black police who worked in that building. Museum acquires, preserves, displays, and promotes African American history as it relates to the struggles and accomplishments of Black Police Officers in Miami, as they served during the pre Civil Rights era of the 1940′s, 50′s, and 60’s.
480 NW 11th Street, Miami, FL 33136
T. +1 305 329 2513
T. +1 305 329 2547, http://www.blackpoliceprecinctandcourthousemuseum.org/
Vizcaya, built in the 1910′s, when Gilded Age cultural standards were enlivened of the dawning Jazz Age. This Miami museum introduces visitors to city’s place in a time when America’s wealthiest industrialists created lavish homes inspired by the palaces of Europe. Vizcaya’s collections include its national historic landmark main house and village outbuildings, its gardens with their architectural elements and statuary, and the array of art objects.
3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33129
T. +1 305 250 9133
Jewish Museum of Florida
In addition to its beautiful buildings, this museum presents its own and traveling exhibits. It sponsors cultural and educational programs, houses a collections & research center reflecting nearly 250 years of Florida Jewish history, and communicates Jewish history, art, culture and values to Jews and non-Jews.
301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139
T. +1 305 672 5044, http://www.jewishmuseum.com/
Miami Children’s Museum (MCM)
This museum provides a space for playing, learning, imaging and creating. MCM possess interactive exhibits, programs, and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication.
980 Macarthur Causeway
Miami, Florida 33132
T. +1 305 373 5437, http://www.miamichildrensmuseum.org/
Wings Over Miami Air Museum
Located at Kendall-Tamiami Airport, this museum serves as an ongoing tribute to the veterans and aviators who pioneered military and civilian aviation. Museum educates its visitors about the history of aviation, the scientific basis of flight, and the challenges faced during the evolution of flight.
Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport
14710 SW 128th Street
Miami, FL 33196
T. +1 305 233 5197, http://www.wingsovermiami.com/
Miami Museum Month is organized in May and it provides action for people of all ages. Together with Gray Line Miami Tours even the smallest of the family are accustomed to art.