Art buffs shouldn't miss this small but well-thought-out collection which focuses on art from the 1930s to the present day. The museum, known as MAM, was opened in 1984 and places an emphasis on the cultures of the Atlantic Rim - the Americas, Western Europe, and Africa - as this is where most Miami residents originally come from. The museum intends to reflect the city around it perhaps more than most art museums in other cities.
The museum's collection includes works from local artists such as Leonardo Drew and Nancy Graves, and there are also regular special exhibitions throughout the year.
Excitingly, construction of a new building in a dramatic location on Biscayne Bay is underway as the museum has outgrown its current location. In December 2013, the museum will become Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, the building’s most unique feature is the enormous amount of vegetation that will eventually cover all four sides of the building on the outside, and trees that are part of the structure with creeping vines wrapping themselves around the vertical supports.
The new museum will reopen named after real estate developer and founding board member Jorge Pérez who donated USD 35 million in cash and art towards its construction. The museum will kick off with a major exhibition from Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, and other new exhibitions will highlight key Cuban, Haitian and Brazilian artists.
The current museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, and closed on local and national holidays – check the website for details. Admission is 8 dollars and children under 12 and students are free. Admission is free for all every second Saturday of the month
Located in Downtown Miami, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bicentennial Park, PortMiami, and James L. Knight Center. Jungle Island is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.
Situated Downtown on Biscayne Boulevard, this high-rise Hilton is a half-mile from the Port of Miami, Bayside Marketplace, and American Airlines Arena. The Miami International Airport and South Beach are just 5 miles away.
This Miami hotel is across from the Port of Miami cruise-ship piers and the Bayside Marketplace. The Miami Convention Center is a half-mile from the hotel. Jungle Island is 1 mile away.
DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay sits on Biscayne Bay, adjacent to Margaret Pace Park, 1 mile from the Port of Miami, 2 miles from Miami's financial district, and 4 miles from South Beach.
Located in Downtown Miami, this apartment is within 2 mi (3 km) of Bicentennial Park, PortMiami, and Jungle Island. James L. Knight Center is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.
Located in the city's financial and business center, 2 blocks from Port of Miami, across from Bayside Marketplace, Bayfront Park, Flagler Street shopping, and close to the American Airlines Arena.
This 31-story hotel overlooking Biscayne Bay at the eastern edge of downtown Miami offers superb views, and is 1 mile from Bayside Marketplace, 2 miles from the Port of Miami.
Situated by the ocean, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bicentennial Park and Jungle Island. PortMiami and James L. Knight Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).