South Beach is a hub for arts and culture in Miami. Festivals, shops, restaurants, and museums all tell a story about the vibrant, artistic area. If it’s a rainy day or you’re looking for something else to do besides lay on the sand, a trip to one of South Beach’s museums is a must.
World Erotic Art Museum
1250 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, Fl
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight
The World Erotic Art Museum was established in 2005, and is the only museum in America dedicated solely to erotic art. The museum was founded by the late private collector Naomi Wilzig’s collection; she passed away in 2015. The museum currently houses more than 4,000 works from all over the world. Some of these pieces date back to 300 BCE. The mission of the museum is to familiarize the public with erotic art and educate the community on how this art has been part of society’s culture. The museum collects, preserves, and presents erotic art; it hopes to grow its collection. This museum features erotic artwork from famous artists, as well, including Picasso, Dali, Rembrandt, and Botero. Some featured artworks include: paintings, fertility amulets and figurines, and sculptures.
1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, Fl
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, closed; Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
The Wolfsonian is a museum that is a part of Florida International University (FIU); it opened in 1995. Currently, it showcases around 180,000 objects (furniture, industrial-design objects, glass work, ceramics, rare books, periodicals, ephemera, works on paper, paintings, textiles, and medals) from the 1850s-1950s. This museum’s mission is to illustrate how powerfully persuasive art and design can be, and how they tell a social, political and technological story of the time. Some collections topics include: Art Deco, Art Nouveau, arts and crafts, Colonialism, travel, modernism, health and fitness. One current exhibit, Margin of Error, runs through May 8, 2016 and explores the cultural responses to mechanical mastery and engineered catastrophes of the modern age. Later this year, an exhibit featuring modern Dutch design will open.
Jewish Museum of Florida
301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Another FIU museum is the Jewish Museum of Florida, which educates on the history of the Jewish experience in Florida, how the culture influences the Jewish population of the world and vice versa, and the issues of Jewish discrimination around the world. The museum collects, preserves, and showcases work of the Florida Jewish experience from 1763 to present day. Its core exhibit, MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florda, tells the 250-year story of Jewish people in Florida; this is shown through a timeline wall, photographs, audio-visual presentations, documents, artifacts and more. The museum also features different exhibits throughout the year, including: Florida Jews in the Military and Jewish Artists & Poets of Latin America.
Explore These South Beach Museums
Want a little bit of art and culture on your vacation in South Beach? South Beach museums are certainly eclectic, which accurately reflects the vibe of the city. After you spend some time viewing some beautiful paintings or learning a few historical facts, walk down the street, and wind down for the night at the Cavalier Hotel. The hotel is within walking distance from these well-known museums. To book your stay at the Cavalier, click here or call 305-673-1199.