When most think of Miami they think of sun, sandy beaches and partying it up at nightclubs, but often overlooked are the city’s amazing museums. Beyond the superficial shine, Miami is a spot for cultural exploration with incredible art and historic collections at some of America’s best museums.

Take a break from the beach to hit up some of WPH’s favorite museums.

Pérez Art Museum Miami

1103 Biscayne Blvd

One of the most important cultural institutions in the city, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) hosts the hottest modern and contemporary exhibitions in town. The museum holds over 1,800 works from great artists including Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella and Ana Mendieta. And its traveling exhibitions often explore Miami’s role as a hub and a bridge between Latin and North America.

WPH recommends joining one of the free 45-minute tours to get all the history behind the art by knowledgeable guides. After taking in the art, relax at the waterfront Verde restaurant, shop for unique books and gifts at the museum store, or admire the hanging gardens and views of Biscayne Bay.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

3251 South Miami Avenue

A mix of European luxury and enchanting American style, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is Miami’s unmissable cultural gem. This Natural Historic Landmark is a 34-room mansion, built in the 1910s, surrounded by acres of lush gardens with beautiful fountains and statues that are sure to get your friends talking when they see your Instagram. The estate, designed by Charles Deering a famous industrialist, is now a beacon bringing together the community through art, history and environment. Vizcaya features a Main House filled with an impressive decorative art collection, 10 acres of gardens, a native forest, mangrove shore, and a historic village that is being restored to tell Vizcaya’s full story and provide additional spaces for programs and community outreach, including those on agriculture.

From Popes to movie stars, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is a playground for celebrities and dignitaries. You will definitely love to wander the grounds and snap that perfect profile picture!

The Wolfsonian

1001 Washington Avenue

The Wolfsonian is a modern-era design museum in the heart of the Art Deco District, just meters away from WPH! A museum, library and research center that uses objects to illustrate the pervasive power of art and design, to explore what it means to be modern, and to tell the story of social, historical, and technical advances that have changed the world. It holds an impressively diverse collection comprised of graphic, industrial, and architectural design, furniture and paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, to name a few. Packed with Instagram-worthy exhibitions, it is well worth the visit!

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