We all know Miami for its glorious beaches and boisterous nightlife, but believe it or not, there’s more to Miami than bikinis and bars—much more. Now, with Miami Museum Month quickly approaching, it’s a better time than ever to explore the diverse culture and captivating history of Miami. During May only, all visitors and locals will be offered “Buy One, Get One Free” admission at participating museums. What’s more, throughout the entire month, a membership at any participating museum will work as a free pass to all other museums. So in between your beach days and late nights, enhance your vacation with some infamous Art Deco, historic railroad cars, unique cultural experiences, beautiful botanical gardens, and fascinating tributes to local heritage.
The 2012 Miami Museum Month participants include: the Ancient Spanish Monastery, ArtCenter/South Florida, Bakehouse Art Complex, Bass Museum of Art, Coral Gables Museum, Dezer Collection Automobile Museum, Gold Coast Railroad Museum, the Haitian Heritage Museum, HistoryMiami, the Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach, Jewish Museum of Florida, Lowe Art Museum, Miami Art Museum, Miami Art Museum, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Miami Children’s Museum, Miami Science Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Wings Over Miami Air Museum, The Wolfsonian-FIU, and the World Erotic Art Museum.
Here’s a closer look at just a few of the top-of-the-line museums participating in the fun.
Miami Science Museum
The Miami Science Museum has it all, from an impressive wildlife center to a state-of-the-art planetarium and everything in between. The Museum features tons of fun, interactive exhibits for visitors, including an the Energy Dance Floor that converts energy to electricity, a 3,000-gallon touch tank where stingrays weave among the coral, and an enormous high-tech model globe for which you have total control of the weather!
Lowe Art Museum
As the oldest art museum in Miami, the Lowe is a trusted favorite. The Lowe Art Museum’s immense collection spans 5,000 years of world art from classic to contemporary. In addition to the vast collection of permanent works, the Lowe features ever-changing temporary exhibits that are always a special treat. Right now, displays include the UM Faculty Exhibition (the Lowe is located on the University of Miami campus) and Saintly Blessings: A Gift of Mexican Retablos from Joseph and Janet Shein.
Miami Children’s Museum
At the Miami Children’s Museum, visitors of all ages are encourages to learn, imagine, and create as they roam and play among the museum’s myriad of interactive exhibits. The arts, culture, and community are the focus of the Museum, all of which are explored through fun exhibits like the two-story sandcastle of dreams, a 30-foot climbing wall (Mt. MiChiMu), the World Music Studio, and a 900-gallon marine tank.
Wings Over Miami Air Museum
This unique Miami exam displays military and classic aircraft to share the rich history of flight. Moreover, it is a tribute to the war veterans and aviators who pioneered civilian and military aviation. The museum’s collection of aircraft inside and outside the hangar includes vintage aircraft, military trainers, jet aircraft from the Cold War era and more. Most of the collection is in working condition and is flown regularly on weekends.
See the Best of Miami for One Low Price
Museums are fantastic, but that’s not all Miami has to offer. You haven’t truly experienced Miami until you’ve seen the fascinating southern Florida wildlife and eco-systems. With our Go Miami Card, you’ll get admission to Jungle Island, the Everglades Farm and Airboat Ride, The Key Largo Princess Glass Bottom Boat, and over 30 other attractions for one low price and with the convenience of a single pass.