Pérez Art Museum Miami

There’s a gorgeous new museum in town, and her name is PAMM.

She’s Swiss (or at least Swiss-designed), loaded (thanks for the $40 million donation, zaddy Jorge Pérez), and hurricane-resistant. But we all know it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, you’ll find a compact, Cuban-inflected collection of contemporary art that won’t eat up your whole afternoon. You won’t find much brand-name modern art here, and perhaps that’s for the best. Instead of Brillo boxes and balloon animals, PAMM offers a set of exhibitions that feels personal to Miami, from a well-timed soccer-themed showcase to a stunning collection of ship replicas (better than it sounds). It’s free first Thursdays and second Saturdays, and cheaper for students.

Best things to see at Pérez Art Museum Miami

The art (obviously)

The Pérez Art Museum Miami includes permanent installations as well as a rotating schedule of modern and contemporary art exhibits. The museum’s collections are comprised mostly of 20th- and 21st-century international art and aim to highlight Miami’s diverse communities and geographic location. Be sure to visit their calendar of events for an up-to-date schedule of current and upcoming exhibitions.

 

The hanging gardens

Designed by Patrick Blanc in cooperation with Herzog & de Meuron, the hanging gardens consist of 54,700 plants and 77 plant species. The gardens took 2.5 months to install and were designed to withstand hurricane-force winds up to a category 5 (!). Blanc created diagrams when planning the garden and planted each species based on its ability to withstand the sun, salt, and other environmental elements. He will still occasionally visit the gardens to assess their growth and make any design changes needed.

Best places to eat & drink near Pérez Art Museum Miami

Verde Restaurant and Bar

Located in the museum, Verde offers waterfront dining with stunning views of Biscayne Bay. The menu includes brunch, lunch, and dinner options prepared with fresh, local ingredients, plus specialty cocktails and an extensive wine list.

 

Fresh seafood with a view

You can’t visit Miami without indulging in some fresh seafood. Once you’ve had your fill of art for the day, go find a seat at any one of Miami’s seafood restaurants and dive head first into a plate of stone crabs. This local delicacy is in season from October to May—we think it’s worth planning your trip around that.

Pérez Art Museum Miami directions and parking

Best way to get to the Pérez Art Museum Miami

The Pérez Art Museum Miami is located in East Miami near the Freedom Tower and can be accessed by turning onto NE 11th St. from Biscayne Blvd. Taking the Metrorail to the Government Center Station and then transferring to the Metromover and riding it to the Museum Park Station is the best way to arrive via public transportation. Biking there is another good option—there are plenty of racks close to the museum.

 

Best parking near the Pérez Art Museum Miami

You can park in the museum’s parking garage (for a fee) during regular museum hours. Or, visit the Miami Parking Authority’s website to find addresses, hours, and rates for any of the many public lots surrounding the museum. The closest public lot is Lot C located at 240 Northeast 13th Street.

Pérez Art Museum Miami FAQs

What are the museum’s hours?

Monday-Tuesday: 10am-6pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 10am-9pm

Friday-Sunday: 10am-6pm

 

Is the museum wheelchair and stroller accessible?

Yes, the entire museum accommodates wheelchairs and strollers.

 

Can I store my stuff?

Yes, the museum offers free storage for backpacks, luggage, and other large bags.

 

How much did it cost to build the museum?

It cost $131 million to build the museum.

 

How do they water the hanging gardens?

Rainwater is collected and travels through the irrigation tubes and up to the plants.