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Miami Art, Musums and Galleries

Historically, Miami has been more known more for its beaches than for its art museums, but recently art has become an important part of Miami's cultural landscape. With many new museums seeing the light of day, it is safe to say that Miami has come into its own in terms of being an important art destination. There are many art museums that feature artwork from different cultures and various eras that are worth visiting while in Miami. Here are the top ten museums in the city.

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Miami Art Museum

One of the top museums in Miami is the Miami Art Museum, dubbed the MAM. It is located in the Miami Cultural Center in the downtown area and houses many incredible art collections from the 20th Century by different Western artists, with an emphasis on Latin American art. The current museum is one the small side, but will be relocating to a new location in 2013.

Museum of Contemporary Art

If you like Contemporary art, then you should pay the Museum of Contemporary Art a visit while in Miami. The MOCA has a great collection of art in its many forms, photography, paintings, videos, and always features exciting exhibits and shows.

Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables

One of the oldest art museums in Miami is the Lowe Art Museum located in Coral Gables. Housing over 5,000 years of artwork, you are sure to find something to inspire you. Here you will find art from every region in the world from Grecian antiquities, Ancient Egyptian and Ancient American artifacts to more contemporary glass pieces.

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Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum

Another fabulous museum to visit while in Miami is the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum. This venue concentrates on Latin American and Native American art and is a great place to explore the various cultures that make up Miami. There are also regular exhibits featuring local art.

The Rubell Family Art Collection

The Rubell Family Art Collection located in downtown Miami has over 1,000 valuable pieces of contemporary art by world-renowned artists. More than just artwork, this great art venue always holds lectures, artists' talks, and performances. Beware though; some of the artwork may be graphic and unsettling for some.

Bass Museum of Art

Another unique art museum in Miami is the Bass Museum of Art. It is centrally located on Collins Avenue and houses a solid collection of Northern European, Asian and other artwork from the renaissance era to contemporary. Be sure to check out the Egyptian gallery which features real mummies.

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Wolfsonian Museum

Another great museum in the heart of South Beach is the Wolfsonian. This is a design museum and features American and European art from the 19th century. There are various interesting media that will capture your attentions and pique your interest such as furniture, rare books, posters, ceramics, glass, textiles and paintings.

Miami's Children Museum

If your children at this point feel a little neglected and misunderstood, it's time to take them to the highly-rated Miami's Children Museum. Here they will be delighted at all the different collections and interactive exhibits geared towards them that look at things like; the Everglades Park, the sea, castles, pets, and other themes. The Meet Miami exhibit where children can explore the different local cultures is particularly enlightening.

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Miami Science Museum

Another museum your children will enjoy is the Miami Science Museum. There are many fun exhibits here that both kids and adults will enjoy that are of very high quality, and also very educational. Current exhibits include Earth from Space, Biscayne's Underwater Secrets, Newton's Theory, and much more. The museum also houses the Miami Planetarium and Wildlife Center.

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is one of Miami's most prominent historical landmarks and museums. The museum, which is the winter home of prominent American Industrialist James Deering, was built following the Italian renaissance style and French designs and has a lot of unique artwork from the 15th to the 19th Centuries. It is also surrounded by intricate and superbly kept gardens and fountains that have made this estate a Miami institution not to be missed.

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