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5 Cool Museum Exhibits You Should See in Miami

Need to chill indoors for a while? Miami's art scene is just what you need.

Museums and art galleries throughout Miami and Fort Lauderdale are not only a great way to learn about the history and culture of a particular area, but it's also the perfect opportunity to see the thought-provoking work of established and emerging artists. Now, there's no need to wait for Art Basel Miami Beach or Miami Art Week to roll around, to check out Miami's vibrant art scene. Here, we've rounded up the five fab museum exhibits you shouldn't miss. 

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Fashion and style is the focus of "Hot Couture: Florida Jews on the Fashion Scene," (Dec. 1, 2016-Nov. 5), which explores how generations of Jews that settled in Florida shaped the state's fashion industry. The exhibit takes a closer look at more than 100 years of history from design, manufacturing, inspiration, tradition and craftsmanship. From bikinis and golf shirts to wearable art and belts made out of local snakeskin, "Hot Couture" will get you ready for retail therapy in Miami Beach. 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.672.5044

"Hot Couture," Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU
Visit a stylish exhibition and learn the fascinating history of how Jews shaped Florida's fashion industry. (Courtesy Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU)

Coral Gables Museum

Housed in five rooms that were once the Coral Gables Police and Fire Station jail is where you will find “Creating the Dream: George Merrick and His Vision for Coral Gables.” This ongoing exhibition about the Gables’ founder and developer George Merrick traces how a 13-year-old farmer’s son became the master planner and developer of the "City Beautiful." This inspiring American story is perfect for history buffs and design enthusiasts. 285 Aragon Ave., 305.603.8067

Coral Gables Museum
Delve into pioneer life, architecture, Florida's Land Boom and more on the life of Coral Gables founder George Merrick at te Coral Gables Museum. (Courtesy Coral Gables Museum)

Museum of Discovery and Science

Explore the mysteries of Egypt, its culture and its people in "Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science" (Feb. 4-April 30) at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale. The trek northward is worth the trip to catch a glimpse of "Annie," a 2,300-year-old mummy, on loan from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. "One of the things I love you can see [is] she's wearing little thong sandals ... flip-flops, just like anyone would wear now," said Mimi Leveque, conservator of objects at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. 

Other cool highlights include animal mummies, an interactive field site area, a colorful replica of a life-size kneeling camel that visitors can climb into for a photo-op, art and artifacts dating back to 200 B.C. 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale, 954.467.6637

Mummy at Museum of Discovery & Science, Fort Lauderdale
Unwrap ancient Egypt through real Egyptian artifacts, mummies, archaeological dig sites and technology. (Courtesy Museum of Discovery & Science)

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami

The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami presents "Faces of Freedom" (Feb. 7-March 5) by Haitian-born master painter Jean-Claude Legagneur. Curated by Jorge Luis Gutierrez, the exhibition features more than 60 works of art, including paintings, drawings, videos and objects, on the theme of freedom. Legagneur’s oversized portraiture work has been described as "bringing out the emotion, flaw and beauty" and capturing the best of human expression.

Grannie Guitou by Jean Claude Legagneur
Grannie Guitou by Jean Claude Legagneur. Acrylic on canvas. 60x40 inches. 2003 (Courtesy Musem of Contemporary Art, North Miami)

Pérez Art Museum Miami

You don't have to visit Little Havana's Domino Park to enjoy this favorite pastime. Cool off indoors at the Pérez Art Museum Miami and see the renditions of 19 international artists as they pay homage to these small rectangular tiles marked with a number of circular dots in an upcoming traveling exhibition, "Spots, Dips, Pips, Tiles: An Exhibition About Dominoes" (June 30-Oct. 29) organized by the Hunter East Harlem Gallery in New York. Many people—especially the locals—would be surprised to learn that dominoes originated in China and not Cuba or some other Latin American country. Besides art, the show will feature a variety of media, installations and video. 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.375.3000


Detail of Something for Nothing (after Prof. Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts), 2016 (Courtesy Sarah Hotchkiss)
Detail of Something for Nothing (after Prof. Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts), 2016 (Courtesy Sarah Hotchkiss)