Beauty and brains come together at these museums that combine art and science in Miami
Miami is known for its stunning beaches, an abundance of waterfront dining and green space, distinctive skyline, and abundant Art Deco buildings, but it also boasts a rich cultural heritage. The city is packed with museums and galleries showcasing everything from ancient artifacts to cutting-edge works of modern art, not to mention some truly fascinating displays of science and space. You just need to look in the right places.
Looking for a change of pace from Miami's renowned nightlife or trying to figure out what to do on a gloomy day? You'll find whatever it is you're looking for, from art to history to kid-friendly activities, in the Magic City.
Here are 4 ways to enjoy art and science in Miami
This urban wall adorned by graffiti artists and muralists, sprawled across warehouses and storefronts, provides a good counterpoint to the museums in Miami. Unsurprisingly, this vibrant area is known as the most Instagrammed spot in the city. Twenty minutes are all you need to see all the murals at Wynwood Walls, including work by Shepard Fairey (the artist behind Obama's "Hope" poster) and sculptures made with recycled materials. The outdoor area is compact and simple to navigate, with plenty of rocks and benches to get your art and science fix.
PérezArt Museum Miami (PAMM)
The largest art museum in Miami is itself a work of art, showcasing the architectural talents of its designers. This museum is unlike any other with its spacious galleries, curving walls, and hanging gardens containing more than 54,000 plants. PAMM's beachfront steps are also a gathering place for Miami's artistic community, hosting everything from drag acts and indie bands to panel discussions with renowned artists.
Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Located in Bayfront Park in the heart of Downtown Miami, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is a massive and comprehensive establishment. The museum welcomes families and boasts cutting-edge exhibits like a breathtaking planetarium. The kids will have a blast bouncing through different levels, playing with the interactive displays, and checking out the wildlife exhibits. Take the elevator to the 6th floor and enjoy the spectacular views of downtown Miami from the rooftop deck when taking a break from learning about art and science.
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)
Found in the heart of the Miami Design District, this is a cornerstone of the Miami art and science community. The Spanish architectural team Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos developed ICA's striking metallic exterior. The museum has both permanent and periodic displays that highlight the work of up-and-coming artists, including many Cuban and Latin American creators.
This museum is ideal for the tourist who only has a few hours to take in Miami's artistic space. The spacious, well-lit interiors are just as cutting edge as the building's sleek facade. The museum's permanent collection features notable pieces by Picasso, Klein, and Lichtenstein.
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