List of Miami Museums

by / Thursday, 09 July 2009 / Published in Miami

Here is a list of museums in the Miami, Florida area, including art museums, children’s museum, science museum and more!

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This post was first published in 2009 and has been updated several times — if you have new information about Miami museums, please leave a comment below! :)

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Formerly called the Center for Fine Arts and the Miami Art Museum, the Pérez Art Museum Miami is “a modern and contemporary art museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries.” Check out their website for updated information.

HistoryMiami

HistoryMiami, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is committed to preserving & celebrating Miami’s history through exhibitions, education, research and collections. Check the website for details: www.historymiami.org

HistoryMiami is located in the Miami-Dade Cultural Center, across from the Government Center Station.

Frost Art Museum

The Frost Art Museum is located on the Florida International University campus. Collection highlights include paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints from America and around the world.

See thefrost.fiu.edu/museum.htm for more information.

Museum of Contemporary Art

This museum as two venues: North Miami and Goldman Warehouse. Be sure to check out the live jazz on the last Friday of every month. Museum of Contemporary Art: www.mocanomi.org

Lowe Art Museum

Part of the University of Miami, Lowe Art Museum is the oldest art museum in South Florida. It’s collection includes 17,500 objects, and is famous for Renaissance, Baroque, American, Native America, and Asian art.

Bass Museum of Art

The Bass Museum collects and displays all types of art from around the world. Run by the city of Miami, the museum also has a cafe that offers free WiFi.

Hours vary by season so please visit the website for details: www.bassmuseum.org.

Jewish Museum of Florida

This museum tells the story of the Jewish experience in Florida since they first came in 1763. With over 100,000 artifacts of all sizes, from old photos to restored synagogues, this museum is a great place to learn for anyone interested in the history of Jews in Florida.  Just one block from our Miami hostel!

See their website for current information: www.jewishmuseum.com.

Miami Science Museum

Science museums are fun for people of all ages, and the Miami Science Museum is no exception. A great place for people of all ages to learn about science and technology, admission prices include access to all galleries, planetarium shows and the wildlife center.

The Miami Science Museum has information on their website: www.miamisci.org.

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

This 83-acre garden is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Miami and southern Florida. Visitors can learn all about tropical plants, from home-gardening to commercial agriculture, but the best part of the garden may be the market, where you can try the living collections!

More information at: www.fairchildgarden.org.

Jungle Island

More than 1,100 tropical birds of species from around the world live at Jungle Island. The center puts on different shows and events throughout the year, so be sure to check the schedule before visiting.

Jungle Island is open 365 days per year!

For more information see www.jungleisland.com.

Miami Children’s Museum

The Miami Children’s Museum offers state of the art exhibits for the whole family. Please see their website for information about special displays and events.

For more information, see www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Both a National Historic Landmark and a country-run museum, Vizcaya is housed on 10-acres of spectacular gardens. Many renowned visitors to Miami-Dade County have been hosted here, including kings, queens and popes.

Check out www.vizcayamuseum.org for more information.

Wings Over Miami Museum

“Wings Over Miami Air Museum serves as a tribute to those veterans and aviators who pioneered civilian and military aviation. The museum is for the education and enjoyment of all the community.

With this goal in mind, the museum both displays and flies military and classic aircraft to share the rich history of flight. It provides an operating legacy of aircraft with an insight to the stories of the pilots who flew them.”

See their website for more information!

The Wolfsonian

The Wolfsonian–Florida International University is a museum, library, and research center that uses objects to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design, to explore what it means to be modern, and to tell the story of social, historical, and technological changes that have transformed our world. The collections comprise approximately 120,000 objects from the period of 1885 to 1945—the height of the Industrial Revolution to the end of the Second World War—in a variety of media including furniture; industrial-design objects; works in glass, ceramics, and metal; rare books; periodicals; ephemera; works on paper; paintings; textiles; and medals.

See their website for more information.

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    13 Responses to “List of Miami Museums”

    1. Mrs. Guillen says :

      I would like to know if there is a museum in Miami that has a whispering gallery and if the focal points can be identified. At this time, I am teaching the ellipse and have mentioned to my students about whispering galleries and how if you stand at one focal point and another person on the other, one individual can whisper and the other person will hear what was whispered. I am interested if there is such a gallery in any museum in Miami. Please help me. Thank you

    2. Jazz Hostels says :

      I don’t know of any whispering galleries in Miami, but you might try calling the Miami Science Museum to see if they know.

      There is one in New York City.

    3. greg says :

      Incorrect link

      Miami Science Museum
      3280 South Miami Avenue
      Miami, FL 33129
      305-646-4200
      http://www.miamisci.org

      actually links to http://www.jewishmuseum.com/

    4. Jazz Hostels says :

      Thanks for letting us know. I’ve just fixed the typo.

    5. Nacho says :

      I am traveling to Miami on january, and I would like to know if it has a museum with something of the scond world war.
      Thank you for the attention

    6. Jean Shtrick says :

      Is there a new military or Naval museum being built in the Miami area??

    7. Suz Rice says :

      We are a small flying museum that focuses on military planes and vintage aircraft.

    8. Valentina says :

      Will the information for the Miami Art Museum and the Historical Museum of Southern Florida be changed on this website since most of the information is inccorect and/or has changed or is this something that needs to be changed by these respective museums? The MAM is not longer the MAM and no longer at the address given. The Historical Museum of Southern Florida has a name change and a few other things have changed as well. Just wondering who changes these types of things on this web site.

    9. Jazz Hostels says :

      Thanks for the updates–this post was originally written in 2009 and it seems that a few things have changed. We’ve been updating the page as we get feedback, so please leave a comment if you see anything that needs changing. Thanks! :)

    10. Mike says :

      The Wolfsonian
      1001 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139
      at the corner of 10th Street and Washington Avenue [in South Beach]
      Tel: 305.531.1001
      Fax: 305 531.2133

      Open daily noon-6pm (Closed Wednesdays)
      http://www.wolfsonian.org/

    11. Jazz Hostels says :

      Thanks! The Wolfsonian was just added. :)

    12. Ilantha says :

      Is there any museum in Miami focusing on Latino or Caribbean culture, history, or art?

    13. Jazz Hostels says :

      Hi Ilantha,

      You may be interested in this exhibit in 2014:
      http://www.pamm.org/exhibitions/caribbean-crossroads-world

      I recommend looking through the exhibits at HistoryMiami:
      http://www.historymiami.org/museum/exhibitions/

      There’s also the Centro Cultural Español:
      http://www.ccemiami.org/

      Another place to search is this longer list of museums on Miami.com:
      http://www.miami.com/south-florida-museum-guide

      Hope that helps!

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