4 Must Visit Museums in Miami

Picture of a beautiful pink orchid at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida.

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For most people, a vacation in Miami is all about having fun in the sun, but that’s not all the city of Miami has to offer. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a huge part of Miami’s appeal, but the city also has plenty of places one can go for culture and perhaps even some education. Just as Miami is littered with beautiful beaches, there are also a plentiful amount of wonderful museums, and here are just a few that visitors to Miami should be encouraged to visit during their stay.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

The first museum that’s worth checking out is Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Aside from being one of the most beautiful and romantic spots in Miami, this place is perfect for anyone who enjoys fine art or architecture. The museum is actually a house built by James Deering, an agricultural industrialist, in the 1910s. There are over two dozen rooms for viewing artwork from the Italian Renaissance as well as the house’s original furnishings, making it a great place to see art and learn about the history of Miami. If that’s not enough, the gardens surrounding the house are breathtaking, as is the view of the bay where the museum is located.

Museum of Contemporary Art

This is just one of several great locales for an art lover in Miami, but it also has plenty to offer for those who wouldn’t know a brilliant piece of art if it were staring them in the face, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, there are plenty of brilliant pieces staring guests in the face. The museum offers over 600 pieces, including work by some of the best-known artists in the United States and throughout the world, as well as work by young and promising artists who could be the future stars of the art world. There are also temporary exhibits that are constantly changing, so that frequent travelers to Miami can stop by every time they’re in town and see something new.

Perez Art Museum

This place is the ultimate blend of a top-rate art museum and a beautiful water-front park. The Perez Art Museum is a fine place to go for viewing great pieces of modern and contemporary art, with a special emphasis on artists from the Caribbean and Latin America, two cultures with tremendous influence in the city of Miami. Of course, the artwork is only part of the reason to visit the Perez Art Museum. The museum is located right on Biscayne Bay, giving guests a beautiful view outside the museum and a plush green park in which to take a stroll either before or after seeing all the exhibits Perez Art Museum has to offer.

HistoryMiami

It’d be wrong to visit a place like Miami and not attempt to learn about the rich history and culture of it, and you can do just that at HistoryMiami. This museum does an amazing job of bringing together everything that encompasses life in Miami and South Florida throughout its history. HistoryMiami is home to thousands of artifacts from archaeological sites, home furnishings from throughout the 20th century, important maritime objects, and much more. The museum’s research center gives visitors access to over a million photographs, drawings, and documents that will help give you a better understanding of the history of South Florida. HistoryMiami also offers a wide array of historical tours of the city of Miami. These tours can be done on foot, bus, boat, or bike, and the museum will even design a customized tour so you can see exactly what you want to see. After a trip to HistoryMiami, you’ll never look at South Florida the same way again; it’s more than sunshine and beautiful beaches.