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The Best Art Museums of Miami

Embraced by different cultures, Miami is a place where art shines. From modern to contemporary, you will love discovering all of the art Miami has to offer. Here is our selection of the best art museums in Miami.

By Maryline Lacorre 29 Oct 2020

Miami:  Where Art Shines

- Vizcaya Museum & Garden:  Built for industrialist James Deering, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a 1916 waterfront estate home with 32 decorated rooms and 10 acres of formal gardens. Vizcaya was conceived as a modern and subtropical interpretation of an eighteenth-century Italian villa. Its designers adapted traditional Mediterranean architectural elements to the subtropical climate with a remarkable sensibility for environmental issues.  The interiors of the main house were meant to suggest the passing of time through the layered accumulation of artifacts and memories. The rooms were designed around objects acquired in Italy and assembled into new compositions by Artistic Director Paul Chalfin.  

- Pérez Art Museum:  Pérez Art Museum is a modern and contemporary art museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries. It has been the flagship museum for Miami-Dade for more than 35 years as no contemporary art museum existed until its founding in 1984.

- Institute of Contemporary Art:  The ICA Miami provides an important international platform for the work of local, emerging, and under-recognized artists through programs and exhibitions.  Thanks to the ICA, the public can appreciate and understand the most innovative art of our time.

- The Bass:  The Bass is a contemporary art museum founded in 1964 located on Miami Beach.  The museum presents mid-career and established artists reflecting the spirit and international character of Miami Beach. Opened through the donation of a private collection by John and Johanna Bass to the City of Miami Beach, the museum opened in what was formerly the Miami Beach Public Library and Art Center:  a 1930s Art Deco building designed by Russell Pancoast, grandson of Miami Beach pioneer John Collins. The building itself already had a rich history on Miami Beach as the first public exhibition space for art in South Florida, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

- The Wolfsonian:  Founded by Mitchell "Micky" Wolfson Jr., the Wolfsonian has a collection of more than 200,000 objects coming from Europe and the United States, extending to regions of Latin America, Asia, and Africa. The aim of the museum is to explore the inventive and provocative character of the modern world. Through objects and design, it reveals how the past influences the present and shapes the future.

Living near the main Art Museums

Passionate about art?  Consider living near the main art museums of Miami and enjoy the privilege to visit them anytime you want. Here are some of our suggestions.

- The Paramount Miami:  Ideally located in Downtown Miami, the Paramount is a luxury condo tower offering two tennis courts, a dog park and jogging path as well as pools, a sport centre and more.  With views of the city and the bay, the Paramount is in the centre of all the art museums you need to visit.

- Marquis Residences:  Overlooking Biscayne Bay and conveniently located at the crossroads of Downtown Miami and Miami Beach, Marquis Residences is a 67-story luxury condo building designed by internationally renowned architecture firm Arquitectonica. The building offers the ultimate lifestyle for those who value exceptional design, extraordinary personal service and unparalleled access to the best of culture, cuisine and entertainment.

- Beach House 8:  This new boutique building in Miami Beach offers only 8 luxury units. Two steps away from the beach, the building is also near the Bass art museum. Enjoy waterfront views from your terrace in the heart of Miami Beach.

Paramount Miami Worldcenter

Paramount Miami Worldcenter

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