Explore Downtown Miami's Vibrant Arts Scene

PAMM at Night
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By: Kara Franker

Downtown Miami’s vibrant arts and culture scene continues to evolve at a rapid pace.

What started as a handful of artistic spaces only a decade ago has exploded into more than 30 thriving arts and culture organizations and more than 60 artist studios in Downtown Miami alone. And the community momentum shows no signs of slowing down.

Art is everywhere in Miami—from the walls that line the Miami Riverwalk to the impressive sculpture "Slide Mantra" by Isamu Noguch standing in Bayfront Park. Downtown Miami is home to a wide range of art in unexpected places, including pedestrian walkways, inside hotels and even showcased in several other public places.

Let’s take a closer look at the dynamic offerings Downtown Miami has in the form of unique art and cultural experiences.


Situated directly on Biscayne Bay and housed in a state-of-the-art campus designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) features 200,000 sprawling square feet of artistic wonder. It’s a playground for adults and kids alike. Think experiential art, up-close-and-personal exhibits, forays into film and education, and a shaded outdoor veranda with hanging gardens and panoramic water views. PAMM is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and open late on Thursdays, until 9 p.m.. The museum is closed on Wednesday.

Situated in the heart of Downtown, HistoryMiami is located on historic Flagler Street and preserves exhibitions showcasing Miami’s rich history. For a unique and educational take on Miami’s past, book one of the many city tour options (walk, bike, boat or coach) and learn from a distinguished historical scholar. Additionally, HistoryMiami is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays.

Nestled inside the historic Freedom Tower in Downtown, the MDC Museum of Art + Design showcases visual art and design. Attend one of the many year round events, including lectures, symposiums and art exhibitions. Group tours are available and museum hours are 1-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; and 1-8 p.m. Thursdays.

Centro Cultural Español (CCEMiami), is a step into the artistic side of Hispanic culture through music, theater, art and dance. This 

Private & Non-Profit Art Collections

For a look at stunning art collections maintained by private and non-profit organizations, visit:

  • Aluna Art Foundation at 172 W. Flagler Street
  • Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD) at 310 SE 1st Street
  • National YoungArts Foundation at 2100 Biscayne Boulevard
  • Avant Gallery at 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way in the Epic Hotel Suite 102
  • Nina Torres Fine Art at 1800 N. Bayshore Drive

Performance Spaces

Dress up for an afternoon at the theater, ballet, opera or take in a live music show. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is a state-of-the-art performing arts center located in the heart of Downtown. The center is comprised of the 2,400-seat Ziff Ballet Opera House, an intimate Carnival Studio Theater, 2,200-seat Knight Concert Hall and spacious Thompson Plaza designed for outdoor performances. The Adrienne Arsht Center hosts greats like the Cleveland Orchestra, Miami City Ballet, the Florida Grand Opera and New World Symphony.

Nearby, the Olympia Theater at Gusman Center offers a majestic escape into a historic venue featuring ornate decor and gold balconies. It’s the crown jewel of the South Florida art and entertainment facilities. Dating back to 1926, the theater has hosted such greats as the Vaudeville stars, Elvis Presley and Etta James.

The modern day Mecca for major entertainment events is AmericanAirlines Arena, located on the edge of Biscayne Bay. Not only is the arena home to the Miami HEAT NBA basketball team, it also hosts some of the biggest musical headliners in the world—from Gloria Estefan to Juan Gabriel and Miley Cyrus to Madonna.

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