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From splashy international art fairs to a dynamic gallery scene and thrilling performing arts, Greater Miami is a world-class destination for arts and culture.


Greater Miami has a well-deserved reputation as a world-class destination for arts and culture, overflowing with everything from opera to Broadway shows, and from stunning architecture and traditional museums to edgy public art and a calendar full of arts festivals. View our Fall Arts & Culture Guide


Every year in early December, the international Art Basel Miami Beach art fair draws thousands of artists and collectors to our shores. The week surrounding it – Miami Art Week – is filled with satellite fairs, art shows and other events that showcase local artists. All year long, the destination’s dynamic gallery scene encompasses mainstream, thought-provoking and emerging artists. Galleries abound in areas including the Miami Design District, Allapattah, Little Haiti, Downtown Miami and South Beach.


In the Wynwood Arts District, a kaleidoscope of works by groundbreaking artists can be seen throughout the neighborhood and at Wynwood Walls, an outdoor museum dedicated to street art. In Downtown Miami, the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is a must-visit for its impressive collection of contemporary art of the Americas, as well as for its breathtaking architecture by Herzog & de Meuron, with Biscayne Bay as its backdrop.


Greater Miami is also a dynamic destination for the performing arts. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Miami hosts touring Broadway shows as well as performances by its resident companies: Miami City Ballet, Florida Grand Opera and the New World Symphony. The New World Symphony also performs at the New World Center, its cutting-edge space in South Beach designed by Frank Gehry. With all of this culture set in our subtropical natural beauty, it’s easy to think of the destination itself as an art gallery and performance space.


Greater Miami’s science and history museums open up new worlds for exploration. At the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Downtown Miami, you can visit the planetarium and check out the 500,000-gallon aquarium. Just across Biscayne Boulevard, the Freedom Tower is the place to learn about Miami’s Cuban diaspora. The historic building is also home to the Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) at Miami Dade College. Continue your exploration of Miami’s rich Caribbean and Latin American culture in neighborhoods including Little Havana and Little Haiti, as well as its fascinating Black history in Historic Overtown.


No matter which activities you include in your itinerary, you’ll find that Greater Miami’s arts and culture scene is like no other.

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