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Though Miami is well-known for its fabulous beaches and sunny lifestyle, our city is also filled with some pretty amazing museums and cultural landmarks. Perfect for a weekend activity or a mid-week treat, Miami museums offer a rich escape and stimulating opportunities for learning. Next time you’re looking for a great way to spend an afternoon, check out these 5 great museums near the Shoreline for an enriching Miami experience!
Lucky for us, MOCA will reopen on April 21st with a special site specific art installation entitled Michael Richards: Are You Down?. The exhibit is a retrospective of the artist’s work, and features pieces from Richards’s extensive sculpture and drawing practice. On April 28th, tune in for a virtual tour of the installation hosted by the exhibit’s curators. For more information on tickets and planning your visit to MOCA, check here.
The Frost Science Museum is a great interactive spot to dig in and learn more about all things science. Divided across four buildings, including an Aquarium and Planetarium, discover the core science behind living systems, the solar system and known universe, the physics of flight, and much more. At the 250-seat Planetarium, take a visual joyride through space, swim through a coral reef, or explore a DNA strand. To make the most of your visit, be sure to check here for tips on planning your museum day.
Right here in North Miami, the Arch Creek Park & Nature Center Museum is a great place for learning more about Miami’s extensive Native American history. The park itself is the site of a unique (now reconstructed) limestone bridge once used by ancient tribes to cross an important creek spanning from the Everglades into Biscayne Bay. The native land of Tequesta Indians, the park’s accompanying nature center museum features artifacts from Native Americans and early pioneers and tons of fascinating information. Learn more here.
Originally built in the early 12th century in Sacramenia, Spain, the Ancient Spanish Monastery and accompanying cloisters were dismantled and shipped to the US in 1925 after being purchased by media tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Following a grueling reconstruction project, the monastery, cloisters, and gardens are now permanently on view right here in North Miami. Visit this architectural treasure and be instantly transported to an ancient and sacred place. Find more information on the monastery here.
Just south of the Shoreline, head to the Haitian Heritage Museum to learn more about the incredible history and heritage of the Haitian community that is an integral part of Miami. Founded in 2004 to commemorate Haiti’s Bicentennial, the museum features Haitian art, artifacts, films, and music to highlight and preserve the rich culture of the country. To learn more about the museum’s current exhibits and to plan your visit, check here.
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