Art in Miami Destinations

The Art in Miami class of the FIU Honors College with Professor John William Bailly provides students with an immersive experience into the Miami contemporary art world. Class meetings are off campus and students need to provide their own transportation. Generally admission fees are waived, but sometimes students may need to pay an admission fee.


Fleury at the Bass Museum of Art (Photo by Sabrina Anico / Courtesy of the Bass Museum of Art)

The Bass Museum of Art
2100 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Bass, Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum, creates connections between international contemporary art and the museum’s diverse audiences. The Bass shares the power of contemporary art through experiences that excite, challenge and educate.

The Bass is Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum. Focusing on exhibitions of international contemporary art, The Bass presents mid-career and established artists reflecting the spirit and international character of Miami Beach. The Bass seeks to expand the interpretation of contemporary art by incorporating disciplines of contemporary culture, such as design, fashion and architecture, into the exhibition program.  The exhibition program encompasses a wide range of media and artistic points of view that bring new thought to the diverse cultural context of Miami Beach.


Gonzalez-Torres at the de la Cruz Collection (Photo by JW Bailly / CC BY 4.0)

de la Cruz Collection
23 NE 41st St.
Miami, FL 33137

In the late 1980’s, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz started collecting from their home which they opened to the public by appointment only. From 2001 to 2007, Rosa founded and chaired the non-profit Moore Space, a kunsthalle located in the Design District. It was then that Rosa and Carlos started planning and building the present de la Cruz Collection on 41st Street, a 30,000 square foot museum which opened to coincide with Art Basel/Miami 2009. The Collection also organizes lectures, educational scholarships in NY for high school students of DASH, educational travel to Europe for college students of New World School of the Arts, and summer workshops for grade school children.

The de la Cruz Collection is a private museum and is not government funded.

Felix Gonzalz-Torres. Untitled, 1990. de la Cruz Collection. (Photo by JW Bailly / CC BY 4.0)


El Espacio 23
2270 NW 23rd St.
Miami, Florida, 33142

El Espacio 23 is a contemporary art space founded by collector and philanthropist Jorge M. Pérez. Located within a repurposed 28,000 square foot warehouse in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood, El Espacio 23 serves artists, curators and the general public with regular exhibitions, residencies and a variety of special projects drawn from the Pérez Collection.


Frost Art Museum in 2018 (Photo by JW Bailly / CC BY 4.0)

Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
Modesto Maidique Campus
10975 SW 17th Street
Miami, FL. 33199

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum’s mission is to provide transformative experiences through art; collect, exhibit, and interpret art across cultures; and advance FIU’s stature as a top tier research university. One of the largest academic art museums in South Florida, the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum provides the community with free access to world-class art that spans cultures and time periods. The museum started as a small space in FIU’s Primera Casa building in 1978. As the collection and programming grew, the university recognized the need for a dedicated museum space. The museum now resides in a beautiful 46,000 square foot building designed by Yann Weymouth and situated in the heart of FIU’s Avenue of the Arts. The museum opened its doors in 2008.

The museum presents an exhibition schedule as diverse as Miami’s population. We showcase artists from around the world and across cultures, disciplines, and genres. As a free museum, we provide our Miami community with access to a phenomenal arts education. In addition, the museum also showcases emerging and established local artists in select exhibitions throughout the year.

Purvis Young paintings at the Frost Art Museum. (Photo by JW Bailly / CC BY 4.0)


ICA Miami in 2019 (Photo by JW Bailly / CC BY 4.0)

Institute of Contemporary Art Miami
61 NE 41st St
Miami, FL 33137

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) is dedicated to promoting continuous experimentation in contemporary art, advancing new scholarship, and fostering the exchange of art and ideas throughout the Miami region and internationally. Through an energetic calendar of exhibitions and programs, and its collection, ICA Miami provides an important international platform for the work of local, emerging, and under-recognized artists, and advances the public appreciation and understanding of the most innovative art of our time. The museum is deeply committed to providing open, public access to artistic excellence by offering year-round free admission.

Carlos Alfonzo at the ICA Miami (Photo by JW Bailly / CC BY 4.0)


T. Eliott Mansa and Tim Buwalda look at the El Grecos at the Lowe Art Museum in 2019 (Photo by JW Bailly / CC BY 4.0)

Lowe Art Museum
1301 Stanford Dr
Miami, FL 33146

An integral part of the University of Miami, the Lowe Art Museum offers its diverse audiences opportunities and resources for engaging with contemporary culture through 5,000 years of human creativity. The Lowe touches lives and builds communities by serving as a laboratory for learning, a place for engagement and enrichment, and a site for self-discovery.

The Museum’s Permanent Collection represents five millennia of human creativity on every inhabited continent. All collection objects are works of fine art or culturally significant archaeological/ethnographic material. In addition, the Museum maintains a collection of public sculpture installed throughout the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus on behalf of its parent institution. 


Eliasson at the Margulies Collection (Photo by JW Bailly / CC BY 4.0)

Margulies Collection
591 NW 27th St
Miami, FL 33127

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse is a nonprofit institution located in a 50,000 square foot retro-fitted warehouse in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami. The Warehouse presents seasonal exhibitions from the collection of renowned collector Martin Z. Margulies as well as educational programs, special exhibitions and an international loan program. The Warehouse is operated and funded by the Martin Z. Margulies Foundation, a thirty-year resource for the study and enjoyment of the visual arts.

In 1998, Martin Z. Margulies along with his longtime curator Katherine Hinds began looking for a suitable space to display the growing collection of photography, video and installation works, and sculpture of the Margulies Contemporary Art Collection. In 1999, the first phase of the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse opened to the public with an event to benefit the Lowe Museum at the University of Miami. After a series of expansions, the Warehouse now comprises 50,000 square feet of exhibition space with set hours each week. The Warehouse is open to the public October–April, during which time we welcome thousands of students and visitors from all over the world.

Ernesto Neto. É ô Bicho!, 2001. Margulies Collection. (Photo by JW Bailly / CC BY 4.0)


The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
770 NE 125th street
North Miami, FL 33161

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is dedicated to making contemporary art accessible to diverse audiences – especially underserved populations – through the collection, preservation and exhibition of the best of contemporary art and its art historical influences.

The Museum of Contemporary Art expanded from the original Center of Contemporary Art, which was inaugurated in 1981 in a modest single gallery space. The Museum opened a new building in 1996 designed by Charles Gwarthmey of GSNY, who worked in conjunction with Miami firm Gelabert-Navia in the creation of the space. The museum is a site for discovering new artists, contemplating the work of contemporary masters, and learning about our living cultural heritage.


Miami in Miami of FIU at the Norton Museum of Art (Photo by JW Bailly/CC BY 4.0)

Norton Museum of Art
1450 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
The Norton Museum of Art was founded in 1941 by Ralph Hubbard Norton (1875-1953) and his wife Elizabeth Calhoun Norton (1881-1947). Norton was an industrialist who headed the Acme Steel Company in Chicago. He and his wife began collecting to decorate their home, but then he became interested in art for its own sake and formed a sizable collection of paintings and sculpture. In 1935, Mr. Norton semi-retired, and the couple began to spend more time in the Palm Beaches. They contemplated what to do with their art collection and eventually decided to found their own museum in West Palm Beach, to give South Florida its first such institution. In 1940, construction began on the Norton Gallery and School of Art located between South Olive Avenue and South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. Mr. Norton commissioned Marion Sims Wyeth of the distinguished firm of Wyeth, King & Johnson to design the Museum. The Art Deco building opened to the public on February 8, 1941. Norton continued to add to his collection until his death in 1953, and the works that he and his wife gave the Museum form the core of the institution’s collection today.

The Museum’s permanent collection now consists of more than 8,200 works in five curatorial departments: European, American, Chinese, Contemporary and Photography. Since 1954, many distinguished additions have been made thanks to the endowment Mr. Norton created for the purchase of works of art. They include masterpieces such as Stuart Davis’s New York Mural (acquired in 1964), and Jackson Pollock’s Night Mist (acquired in 1971).


PAMM in 2018 (Photo by JW Bailly / CC BY 4.0)

Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
1103 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132

Our mission is to be a leader in the presentation, study, interpretation, and care of international modern and contemporary art, while representing Miami-Dade and cherishing the unique viewpoint of its peoples. Through our exhibitions and programs, we aim to encourage everyone to see art as an incentive for genuine human interaction, communication, and exchange.

Visit Miami’s flagship art museum, and learn about modern and contemporary, international art at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Exhibitions highlight Miami’s diverse community and pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas. In addition to exploring the galleries, visitors can: enjoy waterfront dining at Verde restaurant; shop a unique selection of art books, furnishings and handmade items at the museum’s gift store; and take in the spectacular views of Biscayne Bay and the elaborate hanging gardens. Designed by Pritzker Prize winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, PAMM provides an educational and civic forum for the County’s residents and visitors alike.

Soto. Penetrable BBL Blue 2/8, 2015. PAMM. (Photo by JW Bailly / CC BY 4.0)


Cattelan. La Rivoluzione Siamo Noi, 2000. Rubell Museum. (Photo by JW Bailly / CC BY 4.0)

Rubell Museum
1100 NW 23 ST
Miami, FL 33127

For more than 50 years we have been on an incredible mission: searching for new art and art that has been overlooked. Now, with the opening of the new Rubell Museum, we will be able to share the remarkable range of art we fell in love with along the way,” stated Mera Rubell. “Rather than presenting a single narrative or survey, we wanted to let the many voices that contribute to contemporary art speak for themselves and with each other. In retracing our steps, we hope visitors will discover, as we did, that creativity thrives where artists energize each other’s practices, and wrestle with shared issues and artmaking in new ways.

Kusama. Where the Lights in My Heart Go, 2016. Rubell Museum. (Photo by JW Bailly / CC BY 4.0)

Bailly Must: The Rubell Museum has two Yayoi Kusama rooms.

s of Vizcaya—the Spanish caravel and the seahorse (Bailly votes seahorse).


The Wolfsonian-FIU on South Beach (Photo by Lynton Gardiner/Courtesy of The Wolfsonian–FIU, Miami Beach, FL)

The Wolfsonian FIU
1001 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Rooted in the greatest century of growth and change humanity has ever known—1850 to 1950—The Wolfsonian traces the odyssey from agrarian to urban, colonial empires to Cold War superpowers, the first spike of the Transcontinental Railroad to the advent of television.

With more than 200,000 objects, our collection contains a vast universe of ideas: household appliances that sped the pace of work; designs that bridged cultures; architectural plans fueled by ambition; and propaganda that helped turn the tides of war. Our core focus is material from Europe and the United States, extending to regions of Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

Fountain at the Wolfsonian-FIU (Photo by Lynton Gardiner/Courtesy of The Wolfsonian–FIU, Miami Beach, FL)

Sofia Guerra
, Monica Perez, & John William Bailly 22 November 2022

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