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Between its neon-lit Art Deco hotels, stunning skyline and sublime stretches of sand, Miami is itself something of a work of art.
But when you crave a more curated cultural experience, there are plenty of those to satisfy your hunger, too.
Presented in alphabetical order, here are six of Miami’s must-visit art museums:
The Bass: Currently undergoing a four-year, $12 million transformation, this longstanding institution of international contemporary art will unveil in early 2017 a redesigned interior, additional exhibition and public spaces, and a new Creativity Center for its many educational offerings all ages. Among the Bass’s newest acquisitions is Ugo Rondinone’s “Miami Mountain,” a 41-foot-tall column made of brightly colored boulders that now resides in Collins Park.
Don’t miss: The Adult Art Club, which presents screenings of art-related documentaries and studio assignments based on work by well-known artists.
The Bass, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-436-8133
The Frost Art Museum: The Frost Art Museum is a cornerstone of Florida International University, which is South Florida’s largest public university. Its permanent collection ranges from pre-Columbian objects to 21st century fashion, from European prints of the 1960s and ‘70s to new works from Latin America and the Caribbean. Admission is free and open to the public.
Don’t miss: Frost’s Sculpture Park, which is open 24 hours a day.
Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St., Miami, 305-348-2890
Lowe Art Museum: The University of Miami’s art museum, the Lowe collects works from around the world and is the largest collecting art museum in South Florida. Those looking for the most comprehensive collection of western and non-western art in the region should head for the Lowe. Its newest addition, the Palley Pavilion, holds $3.5 million worth of contemporary works in glass, ceramics and fiber.
Don’t miss: Lowe After Hours, the first Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. The casual event features cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables, 305-284-3535
Museum of Contemporary Art: The mission of this North Miami institution is to make contemporary art more accessible to a range of audiences. How does MOCA accomplish that goal? Through provocative exhibitions and a range of innovative outreach programs designed for specific populations, including teenage girls, underserved neighborhoods, and mentally and physically challenged Miami residents.
Don’t miss: The art history lectures on Saturday afternoons, the monthly films and the dialogues with curators and artists.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami, 305-893-6211
Perez Art Museum Miami: Progressive. International. Contemporary. The Perez Art Museum Miami (affectionately known as “PAMM”) was an immediate hit with Miamians when it burst onto the cultural scene in 2013. PAMM not only presents quickly rotating exhibitions but also offers tours, art talks, salon series and happy hours. One of its most notable features is its Hanging Gardens, which contain 54,700 plants.
Don’t miss: Verde, PAMM’s waterfront restaurant and bar, which serves up glorious views of Biscayne Bay alongside seasonal bites, handcrafted cocktails and specialty coffee drinks.
Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-375-3000
The Wolfsonian: Devoted to exploring the persuasive power of art and design, the Wolfsonian is home to roughly 180,000 decorative objects, pieces of furniture, books, prints and works of art from the 1850s to the 1950s. Selections from its permanent collection as well as rotating exhibitions are on display at the Wolfsonian’s renovated 1927 Mediterranean Revival Building (a former storage company), which is itself a seven-story photo opp.
Don’t miss: Free Fridays, from 6 to 9 p.m. every week.
The Wolfsonian, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-531-1001
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