The Best of Miami Culture

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

This flagship contemporary Miami museum is home to some of the city’s best art that highlights the area’s increasingly diverse community. For instance, John Duckley’s “Neither Day nor Night” exhibition includes works that reflect on his earlier days in Jamaica and the Caribbean—both significant sources of Miami immigration—and the harsh social and economic factors that defined them. PAMM is also situated ideally on the beautiful Biscayne Bay, allowing visitors to take a break from browsing to enjoy the wonderful views of the water and decorative hanging gardens. Visitors will also find a unique gift shop with a selection of furnishings and art books, as well as American bites at the on-site waterfront restaurant, Verde.

Faena Theater

Faena Theater, situated in South Beach’s premier Faena Hotel, boasts a majestic setting for live performances and events including weddings, dinners, and special receptions. The lavish gold-leaf and red velvet décor, abundant curtains, and statement chandelier resemble opulent European historic opera houses, providing an unforgettable backdrop for spectators and guests. The Faena Theater has also recently introduced “Sensatia,” an interactive multimedia performance in collaboration with Quixotic. The special and enlivening show, available through November 25, portrays the tale of the awakened passions of an uninspired ballerina and an overworked violinist as they delve into a fantasy cabaret.

HistoryMiami Museum

The HistoryMiami Museum is an unrivaled cultural institution for preserving Miami’s history as a melting pot for America. The organization aims to educate people on the city’s past through its display of telling exhibitions and artistic endeavors to shape a positive future. One exciting new photography exhibition is “South Beach, 1974–1990: Photographs of a Jewish Community,” which displays photographs taken at a time when South Beach was predominantly an elderly Jewish community. Another notable exhibition is “Hurricane Andrew: 25 Years Later”—an eye-opening look back on the most destructive storm to hit South Florida.

Rubell Family Collection

The Rubell Family Collection was initially established in New York City in 1964 by Mera and Don Rubell, subsequently expanding its walls to Miami in 1993. Following the expansion, the Rubells, with their son Jason, established the Contemporary Arts Foundation in order to support the museum’s ultimate goals. The foundation regularly features thematic exhibitions accompanied by catalogs for in-depth analysis. An upcoming exhibition, opening on December 27, includes “Still Human,” presenting the work of 25 artists who confront the complex consequences of the digital revolution and recent technological advances in society. “Allison Zuckerman: Stranger in Paradise” is another exhibition coming out the very same day, with works that utilize paint and digitally manipulated images to transform historical paintings into a hybridized portrait representing the new Internet culture. Both exhibitions will remain open through August 25, 2018.

Wynwood Walls

In 2009, the late Tony Goldman, acclaimed real estate developer and community revitalizer, envisioned the transformation of the warehouse district of Wynwood. His idea was simple: use the large stock of windowless warehouse buildings as giant canvases for outstanding street art. Ever since, Wynwood Walls has attracted the world’s greatest graffiti and street artists to Miami. Since Goldman Properties founded the site, Wynwood Walls has welcomed over 50 artists who have transformed over 80,000 square feet of dull walls into artwork. The Wynwood Walls is now a must-see destination, enticing visitors from all over the world.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

The enchanting Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark that preserves the extravagant estate once owned by agricultural industrialist James Deering as a winter getaway. The estate includes the Main House with 34 rooms featuring over 2,500 displays of art, 10 acres of thriving European-inspired formal gardens, a significant orchard collection, and 25 acres of endangered primary growth forests. Today, Vizcaya engages its visitors to teach them about art and the environment, and ultimately inspires broad participation in advancing the organization’s mission. The museum’s board plays a significant role in the landmark’s preservation as well, largely by hosting lavish events at the storied estate such as the upcoming 61st Annual Vizcaya Ball on November 18th—all proceeds supporting the organization.