When it comes to history, art, and science, Miami’s offering of museums is quite impressive. From historic sites to family-friendly museums that both entertain and educate your children, choice abounds in this Florida destination. There are things to try for aficionados of every cultural aspect, and you certainly won’t be bored. Although Miami might make you think of beaches with cooling blue waters, high-end dining, and shop-till-you-drop experiences, check out a few of the museums you should add to your list of things to explore.
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Museums for Lovers of All Styles of Art
When it comes to art museums, you definitely can indulge, no matter what style you like. The Miami Museum of Art will delight you with international displays from the Western Hemisphere, covering everything from the 1940s to present day. If you want to go back in time, visit the Wolfsonian Art Museum and its collection featuring pieces from 1885 to 1945. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for and would like a more eclectic collection, how about seeing everything from tapestry and Renaissance masters to voodoo art at the Bass Museum of Art? Another great choice is the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, featuring over 400 permanent installations by artists including Larry Rivers, Claes Oldenburg, and Jasper Johns, and many other exhibitions that change annually.
Science Museums to Educate and Entertain
Founded in 1950, the Miami Science Museum, with its always-changing exhibits, a planetarium, and a wildlife center, is a must-see for all science lovers. It is always on the list of elementary schools in the area organizing field trips, so try to visit it when school is out. The Miami Children’s Museum is perfect for those traveling with kids, as it is considered one of the best in the city for people of all ages. Focused around educational play, the museum keeps everything fun while helping your kids learn something new.
Museums for History Buffs
If you love history and trains, then the Gold Coast Railroad Museum will definitely be on your list. The museum explores everything that has to do with railroad and trains history and how their evolution has contributed to the growth of the USA. Merrick House, the restored home and gardens of George E. Merrick, founder of the City of Coral Gables, and his family, is another important landmark, attracting thousands of tourists every year.
Another great historic place to visit is the Jewish Museum of Florida, which documents Jewish settlement and ongoing integration in Florida since 1763. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, another National Historic Landmark you should not miss, was built in 1916 by agricultural industrialist James Deering. With a house built right on the water and ten acres of gardens to explore, this is not only a beautiful but also relaxing venue to discover.
Regardless of what type of museums you prefer, you have quite a bit of exploring to do in Miami. Make sure you choose a relaxing venue from–Courtyard by Marriott Miami Dadeland is one of our favorites–available to you, and find out everything you can about these amazing museums.