On a list of the best cities in the world for art lovers, places like New York, Paris, and Rome immediately come to mind. But just a little ways down the list is Miami, a city with a great art scene that encompasses artistic influence from all over the world. Miami is a great destination for any art lover, and here are a few of the places any person with an interest in art needs to visit should they ever find themselves in South Florida.
Perez Art Museum
With a gorgeous waterfront location that has amazing views of Biscayne Bay, the Perez Art Museum is popular with tourists and locals alike, even those without a keen interest in art. Inside the museum are a wide array of collections and exhibitions that are as diverse as the culture and population of Miami itself. Perez Art Museum does a great job of displaying unique art from the 20th and 21st centuries, and does a great deal for art education in the Miami area.
Museum of Contemporary Art
This is one of the top art museums in Miami and the first place most art lovers go when they visit South Beach. That being said, the museum itself is rather small, with a mere 600 permanent pieces on display. However, the Museum of Contemporary Art is constantly rotating different exhibits and collections, giving guests something new and different to see every time they visit, and always with something that will pique the interest of visitors.
World Erotic Art Museum
This place isn’t for the faint of heart, nor is it for anyone who doesn’t hold a passion for art, but it is the most important museum in the world for this genre of artwork. The World Erotic Art Museum holds more than 4,000 pieces, some dating all the way back to 300 B.C., as the museum helps tell the history of erotic art, making it an important contributor to the art scene in Miami and the art world as a whole.
This is one of Miami’s smaller art museums, but true art lovers must find time to stop by while in the city’s Art-Deco District. The Wolfsonian covers the 100-year period from the 1850s to the 1950s, displaying furniture, rare books, paintings, textiles, and a many works of art in glass, ceramics, and metal. For such a small museum, the Wolfsonian offers a diverse array of exhibits that make it a most-stop spot on any art lover’s tour of Miami.
This is not a museum; rather it is a spontaneous outburst of artists creating beautiful artwork in a public space. Artists from all over the world have contributed to the Wynwood Walls, and if you pay a visit at night, you may see artists at work. The murals give life to the walls and to the surrounding neighborhood, and they are a testament to what is possible to achieve when a city like Miami supports its artists and wants to cultivate a progressive and meaningful art scene.