Pérez Art Museum Miami

Museum in Downtown Miami

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The Pérez can claim fine rotating exhibits that concentrate on post-WWII international art, but just as impressive are its location and exterior. This art institution inaugurated Museum Park, a patch of land that oversees the broad blue swath of Biscayne Bay. Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron designed the structure, which integrates tropical foliage, glass and metal – a melding of tropical vitality and fresh modernism that is a nice architectural analogy for Miami itself.

PAMM stages some of the best contemporary exhibitions in Miami. The permanent collection rotates through unique pieces every few months drawing from a treasure trove of work spanning the last 80 years, which is assembled in exhibitions that are always thought-provoking. The temporary shows and retrospectives bring major crowds (past exhibitions have included the works of famed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and kinetic artist Julio Le Parc). Meanwhile the outdoor space also functions as an open-air sculpture garden.

If you need a little breather amid all this contemporary culture, PAMM has a first-rate cafe, or you can simply hang out in the grassy park or lounge on a deck chair enjoying the views over the water.