April 15, 2024

An Art Lover's Guide to Miami  

Over the first quarter of the 21st century, Miami has transformed from a regional art enclave to a global capital for contemporary art. Art Basel’s first art fair in Miami took place in 2002, and in the 20 years that followed, our city’s population boomed, increasing by 22%. During this time, artists and art enthusiasts created close-knit communities that encouraged prolific creativity.

Today, people travel from around the world to discover Miami’s famous galleries, museums, and street art scene. And the good news is that there’s incredible food to help fuel artistic adventures! At Miami Culinary Tours, we have combined the best of both on our Miami Food and Culture Tours, including the Wynwood Food and Street Art Tour and the Miami Design District Walking Food Tour.

If you want to explore our city’s art scene on your trip, this art lover’s guide to Miami is for you! Scroll down to get started — and if you have any questions for us as you read, please just get in touch for the answers you need.

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The Art Scene Orbits Around Miami Design District and Art Basel 

The beauty of Miami’s art scene is that it isn’t restricted to a single place. You can seek it out at museums and galleries, or you may just stumble on a street art piece that makes your heart sing. But there’s no doubt that the Miami Design District and Art Basel are two of the cornerstones on which our city’s art scene stands.

The Design District is a hub of creativity and innovation that beckons art enthusiasts with its eclectic blend of contemporary galleries, high-end fashion boutiques, and culinary delights. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) is a beacon of artistic excellence here, showcasing cutting-edge contemporary art in a stunning architectural setting. Thought-provoking public art adorns the Design District too, including Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic ‘Fly’s Eye Dome’.

On our Miami Design District Walking Food Tour, one of our local expert guides will lead you on a deeper dive into the district's culinary landscape. There’s no better way to sample delectable bites while soaking in the vibrant atmosphere.

And then there’s the cultural phenomenon that is Art Basel Miami. Every December, the city transforms into a mecca for artists and art aficionados. Most attention focuses on the Miami Beach Convention Center, which showcases the works of renowned artists and emerging talents. But the energy is palpable across the city as the streets come alive with vibrant installations, immersive experiences, and awe-inspiring exhibitions.

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Discover Wynwood's World-Famous Street Art Scene

No visit to Miami is complete without immersing yourself in the colorful tapestry of Wynwood's street art scene. Home to the iconic Wynwood Walls — an open-air graffiti museum conceived in 2009 to turn warehouse walls into giant canvases — this dynamic neighborhood boasts an ever-evolving outdoor gallery that celebrates Miami’s creative spirit.

While the creations on the Wynwood Walls are carefully preserved, the surrounding area has an unpredictable nature. Like all the best street art scenes, you never know what you might find on any given visit. Stroll through streets adorned with larger-than-life murals, graffiti art, and urban installations, each telling a unique story and reflecting the city’s diverse cultural landscape. 

Our Wynwood Food and Street Art Tour offers the perfect opportunity to fuel your artistic exploration with mouthwatering bites from local eateries while uncovering the hidden gems of Miami’s fastest-growing artistic neighborhood. Prepare to enjoy works of art on the walls and your plate!

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The Rubell Museum and Superblue are on the Same Street!

Located on the same street in the historic Allapattah neighborhood, the Rubell Museum and Superblue offer immersive art experiences that push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.

The Rubell Museum, housed in a former DEA warehouse, showcases one of the world's most extensive private contemporary art collections, featuring works by emerging artists alongside established masters. Meanwhile, across the street, Superblue invites visitors to step into a world of immersive art experiences, where digital technology and traditional mediums converge to create captivating installations.

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Immerse Yourself in South Beach's Art Deco Architecture

As you venture to South Beach, prepare to be mesmerized by Miami's iconic Art Deco architecture. From the pastel-hued facades of Ocean Drive to the whimsical details of the Colony Theatre, every building tells a story of Miami's glamorous past and enduring allure. This is the side of our city made famous in the movies!

Take a stroll through the Art Deco Historic District — between 5th Street and 23rd Street, along Ocean Drive, Washington Avenue, and Collins Avenue —  where meticulously preserved buildings transport you back to the golden age of Miami Beach. 

Our South Beach, Miami, Food and Art Deco Tour offers a delightful blend of culinary delights and architectural wonders, allowing you to savor the flavors of Miami while admiring its timeless beauty.

For some pre-tour reading, check out our blog How to See the Art Deco District in Miami.

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Experience Artistic Inspiration at Kimpton EPIC Miami

For art lovers seeking an immersive experience, consider staying at the Kimpton EPIC Miami, where the Art in Residence program promotes the works of local artists. This means guests can enjoy an insider’s look at the Miami art scene even at their hotel.

During the year-long exhibit, the hotel’s 16th floor becomes an exhibition space with a rotation of creations from emerging and established artists from diverse backgrounds.

Whether you're an artist yourself or simply appreciate the transformative power of art, the Kimpton EPIC Miami offers a unique opportunity to connect with Miami's vibrant creative community.

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Don’t Miss Out on Our Immersive Miami Food and Culture Tours

We hope this art lover’s guide to Miami has inspired you to visit us here in Magic City. Our Miami Food and Culture Tours are immersive, sensory experiences that connect you with the authentic side of our city. Spots book up fast, so secure yours to avoid missing out! If you need an exclusive event for a private group, we also provide customized Private Miami Food and Culture Tours designed around you.

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