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