Arts & Culture
Downtown Miami has truly become an international center for arts and culture. Nowhere else in the region will you find such a diversity of major cultural institutions. Downtown is home to the Adrienne Arsht Center, the new art and science museums at Museum Park, the AmericanAirlines Arena, the MDC Museum of Art & Design, and the Olympia Theater-among many others.
Over the last year and a half Downtown has experienced an influx of artists moving their workspaces to the area-with more than 50 artist studios opening in the area, in addition to several artist run spaces such as Primary Projects, Dimensions Variable, Bas Fisher Invitational and Turn-Based Press.
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101 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130 / MetroMover: Government Center
P: 305.375.1492 / www.historymiami.org
HistoryMiami is the premier cultural institution committed to gathering, organizing, preserving and celebrating Miami's history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. This is accomplished through exhibitions, city tours, education, research, collections and publications. HistoryMiami advocates for helping everyone understand the importance of the past in shaping Miami's future.
Miami Children's Museum
980 MacArthur Cswy, Miami, FL 33132
P: 305.373.5437 / www.miamichildrensmuseum.org
Miami Children's Museum, (MCM) a non-profit educational institution, is dedicated to enriching the lives of children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. The Museum's primary audience is children ages three months to 12 years, their families, caregivers, and educators. Through arts and educational programs, MCM seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami's changing and diverse community by becoming the "town center" for Miami-Dade County's children and families.
Open Everyday, 10am-6pm
MDC Museum of Art + Design
600 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 / MetroMover: Freedom Tower
P: 305.237.7700 / www.mdcmoad.org
MDC Museum of Art + Design is Miami Dade College's flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, located within the historic MDC Freedom Tower in downtown Miami. With a mission to promote the appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement, original works of art, design, and related creative processes; the Museum provides residents and visitors access to unique cultural, historical, and educational exhibitions that enrich our community, while building and preserving its expansive permanent art collection. As an admission-free institution, the MDC Museum of Art + Design is one of the largest and most accessible institutions in the South Florida area devoted to visual arts and design.
Closed on school and national holidays
Miami Science Museum
3280 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129
P: 305.646.4200 / www.miamisci.org
Miami Science Museum, a Smithsonian Institute Affiliate, features a Wildlife Center with native birds of prey and reptiles, a Planetarium with daily star and laser shows, live science demonstrations, exhibit galleries and an enhanced Sea Lab exhibit containing a 3,000-gallon tank where hundreds of brightly colored fish dart amongst beautiful corals. At special areas, visitors can touch starfish, sea urchins, brittle stars and other sea creatures from the Indo-Pacific. Other exhibits include the Energy Tracker, featuring the Energy Dance Floor that captures visitor movement, converts it to electricity to power music and lights, an Energy Playground with a human yo-yo. Laser shows every first Friday of the month.
Box Office, 10am-5:30pm
Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
Museum Park, Miami, FL 33130
P: 305.375.3000 / www.pamm.org
Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), a 29-year-old South Florida institution formerly known as Miami Art Museum (MAM), has opened it's new state-of-the-art campus in downtown Miami's Museum Park. Designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, the new facility is a model for sustainable museum design and progressive programming. Located alongside beautiful Biscayne Bay and adjacent to the 20-acre Museum Park, PAMM features 200,000 square feet of sprawling galleries, shaded outdoor verandas, a waterfront restaurant and bar, a museum shop, an education center with a library, media lab and classroom spaces, and more.
Thurs Evening, 6-9pm
1018 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136 / MetroMover: Eleventh Street
P: 305.455.3380 / www.cifo.org
This non-profit organization was established in 2002 by Ella Fontanals-Cisneros and her family to support art and artists who are exploring new directions in contemporary art. The Cisneros Foundation (CIFO) fosters cultural understanding and educational exchange through primary initiatives: Grants and Commissions programs for emerging and mid-career visual artists from Latin America; an exhibitions program showcasing work by Latin American artists and international contemporary art from the Ella Cisneros-Fontanals Collection at CIFO Art Space; and foundation-initiated support for other arts and culture projects.
Gallery tours & viewings by appointment
Not-for-Profits & Foundations
Aluna Art Foundation
172 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130 / MetroMover: Government Center
Aluna Art Foundation is a non-profit organization, created to widen the margins and thoughts on contemporary art in Miami. Aluna's curatorial vision has been devoted to supporting the development of contemporary artistic practices within the city provoking constant dialogues. After the fall, the Foundation will expand the dialogue between the local and the international art context, with projects that will allow unknown or unrepresented artists to share visions with recognized artists. Mad Cow is a project room for performances and experimental video-installation.
ArtCenter/South Florida - Downtown
1035 N Miami Ave, Suite 300, Miami, FL 33136 / MetroMover: Eleventh Street
P: 305-674-8278 / http://www.artcentersf.org/
Established in 1984, ArtCenter/South Florida is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization that advances the knowledge and practice of contemporary visual arts and culture in South Florida. ArtCenter/South Florida creates opportunities for experimentation and encourages the critical exchange of ideas through residencies, exhibitions, public programs, education and outreach. The residency programs include a Studio Residency Program, a Visiting Artist & Curator Program, a PRINTshop Residency Program, and ARTSail Residency & Research Program. In 2016, ArtCenter/South Florida launched a live/work studio space and an educational platform for critical dialogue.
This Location is open during special events only.
The Artisan Lounge
500 NE 1 Ave, Miami, FL 33132 / MetroMover: College North /www.theartisanlounge.com
The Artisan Lounge is a new and innovative studio and gallery space for both emerging and seasoned professionals, supported by Christ Fellowship Miami who believe in the power and importance of the arts and community. The Artisan Lounge exists to serve Miami artists and to be a catalyst and influence the growth of the community.
1490 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 / MetroMover: Adrienne Arsht Center
P: 305.448.9677 / www.ccemiami.org
Centro Cultural Español de Cooperacion Iberoamericana (also known as CCEMiami), is a non-profit organization that aims to promote and make tangible the cultural presence of Spain and Latin American countries in Florida by means of a culturally relevant and multidisciplinary annual program. CCEMiami emphasizes the support of local creativity, collaboration with other cultural local institutions and the promotion of those values that contribute to the improvement of coexistence and respect of human and cultural rights. CCEMiami, founded in 1996, belongs to the network of Cultural Centers that AECID (Spanish International Agency for Cooperation and Development) has throughout Latin America.
Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD)
100 NE 1 Ave, Miami, FL 33132
P: 305.448.7488 / www.miamicad.org
The Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD) is the place for everyone interested in design and the built environment, with community meeting space and educational programs to enhance public appreciation for architecture and design. MCAD is home to AIA Miami as well as a Downtown Miami Visitors' Center, in partnership with the Miami Downtown Development Authority. The Visitors' Center will be "everything" Miami-cultural events, attractions, maps, history and more.
National YoungArts Foundation
2100 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137
P: 305.377.1140 / www.youngarts.org
National YoungArts Foundation identifies and supports the next generation of artists, and contributes to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts. YoungArts provides emerging artists with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation's most outstanding emerging artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts. YoungArts opened its doors to the organization's first national headquarters, creating a permanent home that will allow YoungArts to carry forward an unprecedented expansion of activities.
1723 NE 2 Ave, Miami, FL 33132 / MetroMover: Adrienne Arsht Center
P: 305.374.8882 / www.artopiamiami.com
Artopia Arts Center is a multidisciplinary space offering visual arts education, programming and entertainment for all ages. Artopia forges a new framework for understanding the momentous changes in Miami's cultural life. Artopia's program promotes cultural development in the art community by supporting innovative visual art projects. Artopia is undergoing a programmatic renovation process transforming its exhibition spaces for; contemporary art, emerging art, an art lounge for dialogues, an art preservation/ framing department, a small format shop and a master's gallery.
270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131 / MetroMover: Knight Center
P: 786.220.8600 / www.avantgallery.com
Avant Gallery is a 3,000 square foot showroom that offers a curated selection of extraordinary ‘objet d’art’ with limited availability and unlimited personality. The gallery exhibits an evolving collection of furniture accent pieces, lighting, sculpture, wall and floor decor, fine art, photography, mixed media design, and other unique collectibles by world-renowned as well as emerging talent. The gallery’s mission is to make work that falls within the disciplines of art, design, and manufacturing accessible, and to to electrify ones spirit by delivering inspiration through forward-thinking art and design.
117 NE 1 Ave, Miami, FL 33132 / MetroMover: First Street
P: 305.849.4898 / www.cu1gallery.com
CU-1 places an emphasis on the integration of art and life. Rather than a gallery where art hangs lifelessly on walls, CU-1 encourages a holistic experience of the works on view. As part of its mission to celebrate art and bring it to life, CU-1 will offer events on a regular basis in conjunction with its exhibitions, such as wine tastings, live music, fashion happenings, dinners, and more, much of it in partnership with other local establishments. CU-1 Gallery was founded by a group of individuals from Germany, all of whom met through photography.
Lou La Vie Gallery
1444 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 / MetroMover: Adrienne Arsht Center
P: 305.974.1914 / www.loulavie.com
The entrance to the hip Lou La Vie gallery is in the parking lot of the 1444 building, which makes it feel like you are coming upon a hidden gem. The large gallery showcases a wide selection of Pop-inspired canvases by Ecuadorain-born, Downtown Miami-based artist, Leonardo Hidalgo. Using diverse media that ranges from photography, computer generated graphics, fabric and paint Hidalgo creates iconic pop culture assemblages often of famous facessome of whom have commissioned the artist for their portrait. These works are exhibited amongst a bevvy of shiny exotic cars including Ferraris and Lamborghinisthat the space also rents to the likes of Justin Bieber and other aspirants. If nothing else, Lou La Vie gallery is worth a visit for its star-studded appeal.
Michael Jon Gallery at DWNTWN Art House
100 NE 11 St, Miami, FL 33132 / MetroMover: Eleventh Street
P: 305.521.8520 / www.michaeljongallery.com
Located in Miami's DWNTWN Art House, Michael Jon Gallery focuses on presenting the artwork of emerging national artists.
Nina Torres Fine Art
1800 N Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33132 / MetroMover: Adrienne Arsht Center
P: 305.395.3599 / www.ninatorresfineart.com
Nina Torres Fine Art inaugurated in 2011 a new location on North Bayshore Drive, at the center of what promises to be Miami's most important cultural area: The Arts & Entertainment District. As the only waterfront gallery to open in the city, it aims to serve the local and international community as a meeting point where art enthusiasts, collectors, and the general public gather for interactive events in a bright welcoming space.
151 NE 7 St, Miami, FL 33132 / MetroMover: Freedom Tower
Primary Projects is a multidisciplinary project space, positioned at the heart of the Miami Worldcenter -downtown Miami, which aims to explore and promote multiple forms of aesthetic expression from established and emerging artists alike. Utilizing extensive, and wholly specific experience in producing street-level curatorial endeavors in Miami, the creative forces behind Primary unite the commercial and critical efforts of artists, curators, critics, professionals and patrons; the result is the vital presence of an intelligent, alternative arts environment with a bold urban sensibility delivered through a diverse range of media.
Sun-Mon by appointment
Adrienne Arsht Center
for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 / MetroMover: Adrienne Arsht Center
P: 786.468.2000 / Box Office: 305.949.6722 / www.arshtcenter.org
From opera to Broadway, dance to drama, symphonic to pop concerts, cabaret to comedy, jazz to world music and beyond, this center is home to the greatest artists and productions from around the world. With three state-of-the-art theaters: the 2,400-seat Ziff Ballet Opera House, the 2,200-seat Knight Concert Hall, and the intimate Carnival Studio Theatre; the beautiful Thompson Plaza for the arts, designed as a perfect stage for outdoor performances; a street-level Bombay Sapphire Lounge housed inside a historic Art Deco Tower and Prelude by Barton G, a full-service upscale restaurant, this is a premiere showcase for the performing arts and all types of events.
Box Office: Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm
601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 / MetroMover: Freedom Tower
P: 786.777.1000 / www.aaarena.com
Since its spectacular grand opening on December 31, 1999, the AmericanAirlines Arena -South Florida's Waterfront Showplace and proud home to the 2006, 2012 and 2013 NBA Champion Miami HEAT-has become one of the nation's premier facilities in sports and entertainment and a center of activity in South Florida. Built with state-of-the-art sound and lighting and HD and electronic media signage inside and out, the impressive 19,600-seat AmericanAirlines Arena ranks among the nation's top 10 venues annually for total ticket sales and among the top 5 for Latin entertainment.
174 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131 / MetroMover: Knight Center
P: 305.374.2444 / www.olympiatheater.org
Tucked into Miami's contemporary skyline, the Olympia Theater is an enchanting Mediterranean courtyard with shimmering stars and golden balconies. Majestic turrets and towers suggest another era when performances were events, and grand theaters provided a dream-like escape from the modern world. The Olympia Theater is not just a "venue"- it is the jewel of South Florida arts and entertainment facilities, affording its diverse community and international guests a unique cultural experience that defies comparison.
300 NE 2 Ave, Miami, FL 33132 / MetroMover: College/Bayside
P: 305.237.3262 / www.prometeotheatre.com
The only conservatory-style Professional Actor Training Program in the nation. Since its inception 40 years ago, Prometeo's mission has been to preserve Hispanic culture through theatre. Prometeo offers a variety of classes and programs for children, adults and professionals as well as specialized workshops with master artists.
301 N Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 / Metromover: Bayfront Park
P: 305.358.7550 / www.bayfrontparkmiami.com
Bayfront Park Management Trust manages two downtown waterfront parks, which also serve as host sites for many special events. Bayfront Park is located in the heart of Downtown Miami on beautiful Biscayne Bay. It has 32 acres of lush greenery, with a small sand beach, tropical rock garden and waterfall, playground, fountain, Light Tower, and many different monuments. Special event facilities within the park include Klipsch Amphitheater and Tina Hills Pavilion. Bicentennial Park (future Museum Park), a 29-acre park, is also located in the heart of Downtown Miami on Biscayne Bay.
Instituto Cultural de Mexico
1399 SW 1 Ave, 3rd Floor, Miami, FL 33130 / Metromover: Brickell
P: 786.268.4910 / icm.sre.gob.mx/miami
The Instituto Cultural de Mexico in Miami (ICM Miami) is part of the Consulate General of Mexico. It has as its mission to disseminate the cultural richness and diversity of Mexico in South Florida. In its new location in the Brickell area, it has an art gallery and a library with publications on art, history, literature, among other subjects. In the gallery visual arts exhibitions, conferences, book presentations, movie screenings, and more take place. The ICM Miami also promotes the presence of Mexican artists and productions in festivals, art fairs and other projects.Mon-Fri 9:30am-2pm / 3:30-6pm
111 SW 3 St, Miami, FL 33130 / Metromover: Government Center
P: 305.206.4734 / www.mccormickplace-miami.com
Built in 1924 as a US Customs Warehouse of confiscated goods and a look-out post for the nefarious characters entering Downtown via Biscayne Bay and The Miami River, McCormick Place now serves as a mixed use of creative space available for events, gallery, and artist studios. The venue features indoor and outdoor areas for cocktail receptions, performances, and exhibitions. Exterior murals created by Stephen Gamson and Eleazar Delgado, as well as by Miami International University of Art & Design.
100 Chopin Plz, Miami, FL 33131 / Metromover: Bayfront Park
P: 239.949.5411 / www.expoships.com
SeaFair, based in Bayfront Park, is Miami's newest year-round cultural venue for fine art and contemporary art fairs, cultural events, and private corporate meetings. Designed and owned by Lee Ann and David Lester, founders of Art Miami, SeaFair is the world's first mobile mega yacht venue and one of the ten largest privately owned yachts in the United States, which is ground breaking in scale, ingenuity and style.
Miami International University
of Art & Design
1501 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 100, Miami, FL 33132 / MetroMover: Adrienne Arsht Center
P: 305.428.5700 / www.artinstitutes.edu/miami/
Miami International University of Art & Design is a multi-campus, career-oriented institution that provides students with academic preparation and practical skills through programs in the applied arts and design industries. The institution prepares its undergraduate students for entry-level positions and its graduate students for advancement in their chosen fields. The University is dedicated to fostering a culture that encourages creativity, research, and learning-centered endeavors.
Miami Dade College
300 NE 2 Ave, Miami, FL 33132 / MetroMover: College/Bayside
P: 305.237.8888 / www.mdc.edu
Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic, gastronomic, and literary offerings including: The Center for Literature & Theatre @ MDC, MDC Galleries of Art + Design - Centre Art Gallery, Teatro Prometeo, Jazz at Wolfson, Florida Moving Image Archive and the Miami Culinary Institute. The Wolfson Campus is also home to the renowned Miami Book Fair International, which has been recognized as the nation's finest literary festival. MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is nationally recognized for many of its academic and cultural programs.
New World School of the Arts
25 NE 2 St, Miami, FL 33132 / MetroMover: Government Center
P: 305.237.3135 / www.nwsa.mdc.edu
Celebrating its 25th year, New World School of the Arts (NWSA) is a world-class center of excellence in the visual and the performing arts providing a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, Music, Theater, and Art and Design, NWSA offers the high school diploma, the AA and the four-year BFA and BM college degrees.