Museums in Miami
Not only is Miami a beach city, it is also host to a vast number of culturally diverse museums.
So after soaking up the luscious sun, why not check out the museum scene?
The Wheel Deal
If you’re tiring of roller blading, jogging or strolling around Miami, you can jump on a CitiBike and ride over to the Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection (dezercollection.com) to get your fill of wheels. A visit to the Classic Cars exhibit will take you down an automobile memory lane of American and European “classic” blasts from the past.
If movies are your thing, there’s the Batman section in the Hollywood Building where the iconic Batmobiles that the cave dwelling character drove, along with cars that Her Majesty’s agent 007 used during his chase or flight scenes in the James Bond movies.
Love, Sex and All Things Erotic
If you love love, being loved or wonder about love, then a visit to the World Erotic Art Museum (WEAM) in the heart of South Beach (SoBe) might be the perfect venue for Valentine’s Day, an engagement, anniversary or dare we say, a first date? This 12,000 square foot space with 20+ rooms offers a historical collection of more than 4,000 works of “erotica fine art” in the heart of SoBe. Think Adam and Eve, Marilyn Monroe and Lady Godiva!
WEAM was founded by Naomi Wilzig in 2005 when she was in her 60’s. The exhibits focus on a myriad of “unique” antiquated and contemporary pieces from a range of art mediums that depict the erotic from Hollywood, other cultures as well as alternative lifestyles. It’s good to remember that erotic does not equate with pornographic. It has aided in the development of civilization via fertility symbols and this museum helps to educate visitors on this important topic.
Reality Check: For We Are Living in a Modern World
If gazing at contemporary art is your thing, head on over to ICA Miami (Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami) where you can be stimulated by the works of Tracey Emin or to the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami where you can see a lot of great art from up-and-coming artists. The eagerly awaited opening of the Bass Museum in SoBe in Spring 2017 is sure to please art enthusiasts, too.
Outdoor Art Appreciation
A walk through the large scale outdoor “open air” sculpture garden at the Perez Art Museum Miami on Biscayne Blvd is always refreshing followed by a stop at Verde Restaurant, a great place to grab a bite to eat or drink while taking in the natural waterfront views of Biscayne Bay.
Another artsy area to check out is the new Faena District around 3201 Collins Avenue where you can see Damien Hirst’s woolly mammoth skeleton sculpture. Many Miami hotels such as the Delano with its Philippe Starck design and exaggerated design elements as well as Casa Claridge’s feature works of art or art influences in their interiors.
Wynwood Walls (thewynwoodwalls.com) features urban street art/graffiti and is best seen during the daylight hours and on a not so sunny a day as the glare might impede your view.
Also, be sure and check out Lincoln Road Theater and the Art Deco District with more than 800 or so cool buildings scattered throughout Miami.
For More Art Deco….
Visit Art Deco Museum & Welcome Center Miami Design Preservation League (mdpl.org) at 10th Street and Ocean Drive. This small museum will give you a taste for Art Deco and how it found a home in Miami from Paris. Art deco is more than just neat and colorful buildings found in the Miami area, it is a lifestyle design. The exhibits show how art deco style came to Miami and integrated into consumer goods such as furniture and clothing/accessories design. They offer a variety of walking tours for an additional fee.