May is Miami Museum Month, which means locals can snag some sweet savings to see the best stuff in our city's treasure chest. The gist of the deal is this: Residents score a buy-one-get-one on selected admissions, "join one, see them all" membership savings, or other offers depending upon the museum.
Either way, it'll save you some cash and is the perfect excuse to raise your cultural IQ. Here are ten museums to visit before the end of the month.
1. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Miami's downtown science mecca will celebrate its grand opening Monday, May 8, just in time for Museum Month. Experience a three-level aquarium, an artist-designed laser light show, an Everglades experience, and much more. Miami's floating laboratory — AKA the Science Barge — has also been added to the museum's list of assets. The new museum is also offering 10 percent off membership packages, so get one while the discount lasts.
Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: $28 per adult, $20 per child aged 2 to 11 (Miami-Dade residents receive 15 percent off admission)
2. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Through May 21, the North Miami hub for contemporary art is presenting "Synergism: Ekaterina and Victor Khromin." The artists, who began their careers in Soviet Russia, are known for creating a new method that combines drawing, sculpture, painting, and collage. MOCA will also host a free outdoor concert by the Haiti Jazz Roots Project at 8 p.m. Friday, May 26.
Hours: Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 1 to 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $5 per person, $3 for children and seniors, BOGO during May
3. Pérez Art Museum Miami
The city's waterfront jewel is displaying works by artist Toba Khedoori in her largest presentation to date. The exhibition includes almost 30 pieces, including two never before seen at a museum, and includes the artist’s more recent oil-on-canvas paintings, along with her earlier large-scale works on paper. Other current exhibitions are artists "Lawrence Weiner: Out of Sight," "John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night," "Youssef Nabil: I Saved My Belly Dancer," and "John Akomfrah."
Hours: Monday and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: $16 per adult; $12 for seniors, students, and youth; BOGO during May
The Wolfsonian is hosting two primary exhibits in May. The first is "Modern Dutch Design," a display of Dutch furniture, decorative arts, design drawings, posters, and bookbindings from 1890 to 1940 that explores the evolution of social and political life throughout that period. The second, complementary exhibit, is "More Is More," a wrapping of the Wolfsonian's façcade and lobby with colorful tapestry and batik-inspired patterns by artist Christie van der Haak.
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (free 6 to 9 p.m.), Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
Admission: $10 per adult; $5 for seniors, students with ID, and children aged 6 to 12; BOGO during May
If you want to see what Miami was like in the '90s, look no further than HistoryMiami's current exhibition, "Tropical Wildlife." The show includes photos of an eclectic collection of Miamians from 1991 to 1996, pulled from the "Tropical Wildlife" column of Tropic magazine, an old-school publication of the Miami Herald. The museum will also host several Hands on History events throughout the month, including “If You Decide to Go to the Moon" (May 6), “Roaring Rockets” (May 20), and “What’s Out There" (May 27).
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Admission: $10 per adult, $8 for seniors and students with ID, $5 for children aged 6 to 12; BOGO during May
6. Miami Children's Museum (MCM)
If you have little ones, MCM's lineup is chock full of activities all month. The museum is opening a new karaoke studio and also houses a giant piano made by the man who created the keyboard in the movie Big. Plus, there are read-alongs, meet-the-artist opportunities, story time, dance parties, and plenty of other activities. MCM is also offering a "join one, see them all" membership.
Hours: Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: $20 per person for adults and kids
7. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
This historic estate includes a main house with 34 decorated rooms, ten acres of formal gardens, and a plethora of collections, including European antiquities, American art commissioned in the 1900s, and 100-year-old plants. An extraspecial deal will be offered International Museum Day, May 18.
Hours: Monday and Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $18 per adult, $12 for seniors, $10 for students with ID, $6 for children 6 to 12, $2 off admission all month
8. Frost Art Museum FIU
The Frost is hosting several exhibitions throughout the month, including "Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists From Aboriginal Australia," presenting works by Nonggirrnga Marawili, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Yukultji Napangati, Angelina Pwerle, Carlene West, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Lena Yarinkura, Gulumbu Yunupingu, and Nyapanyapa Yunuping that cover topics as diverse as celestial bodies and local flowers. Also on display is Carol Brown Goldberg's science-, art-, and nature-inspired exhibition, "Tangled Nature," as well as the FIU Honors College's "Aesthetics & Values." As part of Miami Museum Month, the Frost is offering a "join one, see them all" membership perk.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
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9. Art Deco Museum
Created by the the Miami Design Preservation League, this museum is all about the glamourous architectural history of Miami Beach. Learn about the Mediterranean revival, art deco, and Miami modern (MiMo) styles found in Miami Beach architecture, plus hear firsthand stories from people who witnessed the area's development. Guided walks take place daily at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Hours: Monday through Wednesday and Friday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission: $5 per person, BOGO during May
10. Lowe Art Museum
The University of Miami's storied art museum will present five exhibitions throughout the month. They include "Unconscious Thoughts Animate the World: Selections From the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection," a selection by 30 leading female Cuban artists; "Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity," photos capturing the global phenomenon of black dandyism; "Emilion Sanchez in South Florida Collections," paintings by the renowned Cuban artist; and "Sean Cavanaugh: Under the Elders’ Gaze," a collection of watercolors that explore the intricacies of trees. "J. Tomás López: The Portrait Series," displaying images of members of Miami's art scene, opens May 25.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday noon to 4 p.m.
Admission: $12.50 per adult and child aged 12 or older, $8 per student and senior citizen, BOGO during May