The art of travel: Miami
From Wynwood to Little River, get your creative fix with Miami’s cutting-edge collection of museums, galleries, and street art.
It’s undeniable: a certain energy exists in Miami. Dynamic and exhilarating, this oceanside city is the meeting point of many influential cultures, providing diverse perspectives in the artistic community.
Get lost in high-level art
If Miami is anything, it’s respectful of the past while celebrating today’s most exciting artists. Sitting against Biscayne Bay, the Perez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami) is at the center of this movement. Visually stunning pieces greet you immediately, starting with Rafael Soto’s Penetrable BBL Blue 2/8 at the entrance. In the up-and-coming neighborhood of Allapattah, the Rubell Museum (1100 NW 23 Street, Miami) features one of the nation’s largest private collections of contemporary art, including two of Yayoi Kusama’s famous Infinity Mirror Rooms. A newer addition to the Miami art scene is the Institute of Contemporary Art, featuring work by many iconic artists, including Cindy Sherman, Catherine Opie, and Miami’s own Purvis Young.
Home of the hip
At the Wynwood Arts District, there are more than 70 galleries and an ever-changing landscape of public art. Once dominated by manufacturing warehouses, this district has been transformed by larger-than-life murals, art galleries, and chef-driven restaurants. Works by emerging and established artists make up the highest concentration of street art in the U.S. Within the district is Wynwood Walls (266 NW 26th St, Miami), a collection of six buildings that feature rotating murals and sculptures, and the Museum of Graffiti (299 NW 25th St., Miami), which celebrates the pioneers of the art form.
The pinnacle of public art
Much like its neighbor to the south, the Miami Design District has recently become one of the city’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods. The 18-block community features prized boutiques and brands, like Harry Winston and Louis Vuitton, along with some of the most prestigious public art in the city. Anchored by the 24-foot-tall Fly’s Eye Dome by Buckminster Fuller (140 NE 39th St., Miami), the Miami Design District is as Instagram-able as they come. Overlooking Fly’s Eye Dome is Le Corbusier, a fiberglass sculpture by Xavier Veilhan. Inside the Moore Building is Zaha Hadid’s Elastika, an architectural wonder that connects the floors inside the building’s atrium.
Arts neighborhoods on the rise
Gritty and informal, Little Haiti and Little River may be unexpected places to find high-quality art. But you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the areas’ concentration of art-focused initiatives and cultural centers. Removed from the flashier parts of the city, Little Haiti features impressive galleries like Nina Johnson (6315 NW 2nd Ave, Miami), named after the woman who’s become a pillar in Miami’s art community. Meanwhile, Little River is home to Manolis Projects (335 NE 59th St., Miami), which is known for unique paintings, sculptures, and limited-edition works by contemporary artists.