Did you know that the month of May is Miami Museum Month? This means visitors and locals can take advantage of “Buy One, Get One Free admission,” a “Join One Museum, See Them All” and other special offers at participating museums during Miami Museum Month.
This comes right on time as the grand opening of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum happened just this week. Over 25 museums are participating in Miami Museum Month – who knew we even had that many museums in town!
Here’s a couple of the museums we think you should check out:
- Rubell Family Collection – This museum, one of the world’s finest contemporary art collections, features paintings, photographs, sculptures and videos from 1980 to the present. General admission is $10, $5 for students with I.D. and 18 and under.
- Wings Over Miami Air Museum – Located at the Miami Executive Airport in southwest Miami, this museum serves as a tribute to those veterans and aviators who pioneered military and civilian aviation. Military memorabilia from World War II and other conflicts are on display. Exhibits include aircraft from the World War II era to more familiar modern aircraft. Mainly on weekends, one may see classic and warbirds aircraft in flight as well as in the museum’s hangar. Throughout the week, the hangar is often busy with aircraft restoration activities. The gift shop features model kits, videos, and clothing for adults as well as children.
- Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science – The groundbreaking Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is slated to open on May 8, 2017 in downtown Miami’s Museum Park. Poised to be one of the only institutions worldwide boasting both a state-of-the-art planetarium and cutting edge aquarium, the 250,000 square-foot facility sits on four acres of land overlooking Biscayne Bay surrounded by downtown Miami’s dazzling skyline. The museum’s thought-provoking exhibitions span six levels inside a North and West Wing with rooftop observation decks housing both a telescope for stargazing and an urban garden. The museum’s permanent exhibitions are dedicated to South Florida’s biodiversity, the physics of light, aviation, the human mind and body and more. As visitors descend to the second and ground floor, they plunge into the ocean’s subaquatic depths, viewing aquariums dedicated to tropical fish and coral, finally reaching the 30-foot wide oculus of the Gulf Stream Aquarium in order to peer up at the giant fish swimming overhead.
- Coral Gables Museum – The Coral Gables Museum, in downtown Coral Gables, is housed in a historically designated coral stone building. The Museum celebrates the civic arts of architecture, urban design and planning, sustainable development and preservation – architectural, cultural and environmental. Original exhibits, monthly bike and Saturday morning walking tours, special events and programs round out the Museum’s offerings.
- Vizcaya Museum & Gardens – Named after one of the most captivating shorelines on the Spanish coast, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens captures European extravagance in an enchanting American context. The home’s designer, Charles Deering, was a prolific industrialist who explored uncharted territory in the creation of this ambitious home, planting his Renaissance-inspired estate at the heart of Miami’s tropical hardwood hammock. Though he only wintered at Vizcaya from 1916 to 1925, Deering’s adventurous spirit lives on to this day. The estate’s very emblem – “The Caravel” – commemorates a ship used during the “Age of Exploration.” Deering was an avid seafarer and welcomed his guests by boat as well as by car. Just a few steps from the Yacht Landing, the swimming pool served as a refreshing remedy for a long hot day on the Bay. In addition to his maritime passions, Deering had a penchant for pop-culture and enjoyed watching Charlie Chaplin films in the open-air courtyard. Vizcaya has since become a star in its own right, appearing in films like “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “Bad Boys II,” and “Iron Man 3.” While you won’t be able to take a dip in the pool, you can relive the courtyard cinema experience by catching a flick on Viewing Vizcaya nights. With customizable tour options and affordable ticket prices, there are plenty of ways to become part of Vizcaya’s legacy. The property is open every day from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, except Tuesdays, Christmas and Thanksgiving. For more information head to vizcayamuseum.org.
- Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami – An art-collecting museum known for its provocative and innovative exhibitions, and for seeking a fresh approach to examining the art of our times. Offers an active exhibition schedule, presenting eight to 10 exhibitions annually along with a variety of public educational programs, including “MOCA by Moonlight”, its new series of Wednesday evening lectures, forums, and art classes. Galleries and MOCA Shop open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m, Sunday noon – 5 p.m. Last Friday of every month, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., when the Museum hosts its “Jazz at MOCA” concert series. Adults $5, seniors and students $3. Free for members, North Miami residents and children under 12. Jazz at MOCA performances are free.
This is an incredible opportunity to museum hop and experience Greater Miami’s uniquely diverse cultural scene. Make sure to make the most of this month and get out there to explore!