Thanks to a generous $35 million donation, the Miami Art Museum is now called the Perez Art Museum Miami, and has a shiny new home to match the label change. The Museum serves as the anchor to new 29-acre Museum Park, which overlooks glimmering Biscayne Bay. The updated digs were designed by Pritzker-Prize winning architects Herzog & de Meuron and are dedicated to international art of the 20th and 21st centuries, laid out across three stories. At more than triple the floor space of their previous home, the Perez is modern and contemporary, housing more than 1,300 works across a range of media. There is also Verde, a lovely waterfront restaurant and bar, where the menu is locally-inspired and created with seasonal ingredients.
Today’s Groupon quenches your thirst for creative juice with a 40-gallon pitcher of art: $9 gets you three tickets to any event at The Wallflower Gallery, a one-stop art stop that features art exhibits, comedy routines, poetry readings, musical performances, and a photography studio. Admission to events is typically $5 a person, though some are $8 or $10, so even if you pick the less expensive events you’re still getting a 40% discount. Though some events are free, you’ll also get 10% off a huge selection of ornaments, bags, jewelry, candleholders, boxes, and more at the gallery’s art store. Your Groupon is good for admission to any one event for up to three people, making it a fun outing for groups, families, bowling team victories, or dates. (You cannot use your Groupon to gain admission into three different Wallflower Gallery events, and you cannot use your Groupon on two separate occasions.)
The Miami Children’s Museum is the one place you will never hear adults telling kids not to touch stuff. This safe space for young ones is all about interacting with the exhibits and having fun, by way of some fourteen galleries that boast permanent exhibits including a six-foot piggy bank and a 900-gallon marine tank in the ocean odyssey section. In addition to the permanent exhibits, there is a constant rotation of traveling showpieces, which have included all manner of educational entertainment, including a literacy adventure through childhood, where the worlds of seven picture books come to life. And one weekend a month the museum hosts Sensory Saturday, an environment specifically created for children with special needs to come and explore the museum.
The Patricia and Philip Frost Museum has spent most of its life outgrowing its digs. It debuted in 1949 as a children's museum, which took off quickly and soon expanded into the Museum of Science and Natural History in 1952. In 1960, it again needed more space and moved to its current site, and now an even larger space is being built, set to open in 2016.
But throughout all its physical changes, its mission remains the same, "We inspire people of all ages and cultures to enjoy science and technology, in order to better understand ourselves and our world."
Size: as of now, the site stands at 48,000 square feet; plans for the new space will expand that to 250,000 square feet over five levels
Eye Catcher: tour the Wildlife Center, where the staffers care for injured wildlife?specifically majestic birds of prey?and release them back into the wild
Permanent Mainstay: the Planetarium, where PBS's Jack Horkheimer: Star Gazer was filmed, boasts a 65-foot-diameter domed projection screen
Don't Miss: in the late afternoon, the planetarium hosts Legends of the Night Sky Laser Show, which teaches kids how to find constellations using lasers and Greek myths
Hands-On Experiments: in Nano, kids manipulate large-scale mechanisms as they familiarize themselves with the principles behind nanoscience
Special Programs: the museum?s Sea Lab features beautiful underwater creatures and coral reefs. Guests can get up close and personal as they reach out to touch a starfish or a sea urchin or have a cleaner shrimp nibble at their nails
Spearheaded by Max Fishko and Jeffrey Wainhause?the minds behind the Art Market fairs in San Francisco, Houston, and the Hamptons?The Miami Project is a new event that celebrates rising and established artists from around the world. The gathered galleries display and sell paintings, sculptures, photographs, and photographed paintings, creating a temporary museum of international contemporary art.
O Cinema is one of Miami’s most celebrated independent movie houses. Its goal is to provide an offering of films that otherwise might not be seen in Miami – foreign features, independent movies, artsy shorts and stunning documentaries. The Wynwood location of this small Miami chain is more diminutive than your usual cinema multiplex, but the art house feel makes you feel closer to the film itself. There are actually three different screening areas throughout the facility, and on those ever-present warm nights the O Cinema team might even put together a free outdoor screening. And, since the theater is located in Wynwood, there’s an adjoining space for art installations right on site.