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Miami Art Museums: Art Museums Around Miami

Below are our Miami Art Museum recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, museum history and other points of interest in Miami Art.

Bass Museum

Begun with the 1963 donation of 500 works of European art and an endowment to the city of Miami Beach by John and Johanna Bass, the eponymous Bass Museum aims to educate and inspire by drawing parallels between their historical holdings and contemporary art. The core collection includes European works on paper by Rembrandt, Dűrer, and Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Afro-Brazilian art. The renovated and expanded museum reopened in 2001. ...more...

Boca Raton Museum of Art

Part of the Centre for the Arts in Mizner Park, an upscale “lifestyle center” in downtown Boca Raton, the Boca Raton Museum of Art (BRMA) is a vital part of the city’s cultural life.  Its permanent collection boasts works by artists such as Degas, Matisse and Picasso, as well as important contemporary pieces by American and European artists in the Dr. & Mrs. John J. Mayers Collection of Modern Masters.  …more…

Frost Art Museum

This museum at Florida International University recently moved to a new, 46,000-square-foot space. It began in 1977 in a space of less than 3,000 square feet. Since then, it has built its physical space and permanent collection from private donations and through state and government agencies.

It includes exhibitions by artists in all media, including performance art. Recent exhibitions have featured the work of artist Jose Gurvich, artists’ portrayals of the …more…

Lowe Art Museum (Miami, FL)

The small but encyclopedic museum – founded in 1950, it’s the oldest in Miami – has more than 9,000 objects arranged chronologically. The Lowe’s permanent collection has particular concentrations in African, Ancient American, and European art. In particular, the museum is strong in European works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, courtesy of a donation by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. ...more...

Miami Art Museum

This museum was founded in 1984 as the Center for Fine Arts, and was only an exhibiting museum. Ten years after opening, it changed its name and began collecting art with a focus on 20th and 21st century art of the Western hemisphere. The permanent collection began with 300 works, and has continued to grow since then.

The museum’s comprehensive collection features works by the artists Chuck Close, Carrie Mae Weems, …more…

Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

Founded in 1955, this is Fort Lauderdale’s premier art museum. Its collection features art from a wide range of time periods in all media. It is one of South Florida’s top cultural destinations. Since 2003, it broke an area record for hosting more than one million visitors annually. Its permanent collection of more than 6,000 works takes into account many different types of art while focusing on South Florida and …more…

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA)

The Museum of Contemporary Art is an offshoot of Miami’s Center of Contemporary Art, which opened in 1981 in a small, single gallery space in North Miami. In 1996 it was expanded to a 23,000 square foot facility designed by renowned architect Charles Gwathmey, in conjunction with Miami architectural firm Gilabert-Navia.

In 2007, MOCANOMI expanded further, adding 20,000 sq. ft. to its facility and remodeling 4,000 sq. ft. of its original …more…

Norton Museum of Art (The NMA)

If you’re a fan of Gauguin, Matisse, Miró, Monet, Picasso, Hassam, Hopper, Manship, O’Keeffe, Pollock, or Sheeler, you won’t be disappointed by the NMA. With a collection of this caliber, as well as beautiful architecture, an ocean-side location, and a friendly staff, the NMA is an international destination for art appreciation.

Particularly noteworthy is the NMA’s Chinese art collection, one of the most impressive collections of its kind in the U.S. …more…

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

This National Historic Landmark attracts 185,000 visitors each year to its preserved mansion filled with art and artifacts. The home was built by agriculture industrialist James Deering in 1916, and is surrounded by 10 acres of gardens, a native tropical forest, and in the future, a restored historic village.

Vizcaya also has a stunning garden, and is a living educational tool to learn about architecture, interior design, and landscape design. Its …more…