Guest Post: Discover The Cultural Side of Miami, Florida

Every year, millions of visitors are attracted to Miami-Dade County as a result of the beautiful beaches, subtropical climate and vibrant nightlife of south Florida. The cultural attractions of the city are also captivating. Since 2010, the museums of the city have been offering the millions of residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy educational and entertaining programming. Moreover, there are a myriad of distinct architectural wonders in the city that they can admire while taking leisurely strolls.

Visitors get a taste of the art leanings of the city the moment they arrive at the Miami International Airport. The concourses of the airport are renowned for exhibiting works of world-renowned artists. Cutting-edge art from established and emerging artists is the emphasis at the Museum of Contemporary Art in the city. Works of important artists from the 20th and 21st century make up the collection at the Miami Art Museum, where artwork reflecting the diverse population of the city is the focus. There are museums in local universities as well that are open to the public. For instance, a large collection of pre-Columbian art, printmaking works and works by Caribbean and Latin American artists be viewed at Florida International University’s Frost Art Museum. Similarly, works of arts from various continents are a part of the collection at the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami.

Additionally, more intimate gatherings to appreciate art are provided by a number of galleries in Miami. Cheese and wine gatherings and meet-the-artist events are hosted at these galleries. The Brickell area, the Miami Design District, the Wynnewood area and other neighborhoods around Miami are included among clusters of these smaller venues. Functioning as alternative art spaces, cutting-edge performance art is also hosted at some galleries. During the evening, gallery walks are also organized by neighborhood business associations so people can enjoy appetizers and wine while visiting many galleries at once.

Performing Arts
Various large entertainment venues and performing art companies are also there in Miami. Throughout the year, a wide range of performance is also included among cultural attractions, from theater to dance companies. In the Colony Theatre, performances by the renowned Miami Contemporary Dance Company can be viewed. Performances by other well-known dance companies, such as the IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Company and the Momentum Dance Company can also be viewed at venues throughout Miami, such as the Colony, and other cultural centers and public buildings neighboring it. Dance classes for adults and children are also offered by these companies.

Historic Buildings And Homes
Miami, especially because of its historic Miami hotels, is well-known as a center of Art Deco architecture. The list on the National Register of Historic Places also contains the Art Deco Historic District in Miami. The largest cluster of Art Deco architecture is featured there, which includes hundreds of commercial and private buildings from the 1920s and 1940s. Walking tours of the area can be taken and bold geometric shapes and pastel buildings organized by the Miami Design Preservation League can be viewed there too. Historic buildings that range in style from Mediterranean Revival to Art Deco can also be found at the Biscayne Boulevard Historic District.

Historic Churches
Two very old religious institutions are housed in downtown Miami. The Gesu Church is the oldest parish in Miami and Catholic residents have been worshiping there since the late 1890s. The Mediterranean Revival style cathedral is built on land that was donated by Henry Flagler in the 1920s. It features an ornate alter, a portico and a tower. The Greater Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church was established in 1896 by Miami’s African-American residents.

Miami definitely seems to have a sophisticated side and that is among the reasons it is such a popular travel destination. If you too want to discover this side of Miami, then you should definitely visit the city’s cultural attractions such as the ones above.

*Note: This is a sponsored guest post, written by Tony Buchanan on behalf of Go ahead and book your holiday today!

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