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3-Day Cultural Treasures

Miami’s arts and cultural scene is internationally renowned; Art Basel Miami Beach draws more than 70,000 visitors a year, making it one of America’s leading art shows, while modern art and midcentury modern architecture continue to define the city’s famous aesthetic. Bal Harbour, situated at the northern tip of Miami Beach, has ideal access to many of the city’s best museums, galleries and botanical gardens. Visitors don’t have to go far to start: Bal Harbour’s public Beach Walk is home to exhibitions organized by the city’s Unscripted art program.

Day

1

MORNING
  • Get Some Space

    The Frost Museum of Science takes visitors on a journey from the human cell to outer space. Its Planetarium uses an immersive 16-million-color, 8K visual system and 3-D projection to delve into the problems and promise of asteroids, while the digital games of the health-focused MeLab explore viruses, diet and more.

MIDDAY
  • Art Attack

    The Pérez Art Museum Miami is a work of art in itself — visitors can take an architecture tour of the 200,000-square-foot building, which was designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning firm Herzog & de Meuron. Inside are rotating special exhibitions as well as a section dedicated to Latin American and Caribbean art, in honor of the region’s cultural heritage.

AFTERNOON
  • Hit the Walls

    Internationally acclaimed artists Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf and Osgemeos are among the dozens of muralists whose works adorn the Wynwood Walls, a project that covers more than 80,000 square feet of walls in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. (Vogue magazine named it “one of the 15 coolest neighborhoods in the world.”)

EVENING
  • Neighborhood Watch

    The “unassuming but elegant” motif at Joey’s is found not just in the décor (marble tables, polished concrete floors) but also in the menu. The restaurant — the first to open in Wynwood, back in 2008 — offers quietly sophisticated cuisine inspired Italy’s Veneto region, with a wine list to match.

Day

2

MORNING
  • Form Fitting

    The de la Cruz Collection contemporary art museum will dedicate most of 2018 to the exhibition “Force and Form,” in which works from nearly four dozen artists, including Salvador Dalí and Peter Doig, address issues of identity, gender, class, power and social values.

AFTERNOON
  • A Genuine Pleasure

    Rest and recharge at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. Local James Beard Award winner Michael Schwartz’s farm-to-table concept includes modern takes on comfort food. The menu features roasted vegetables, hearty sandwiches and pizzas, and a raw bar.

  • New Works, New Home

    The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, displays works by local and nationally renowned artists in its new permanent home, which opened in the Miami Design District in December 2017. The institute’s permanent collection includes works by Louise Bourgeois, Sterling Ruby and Julian Schnabel, while its ICA Performs stage presents new and recent works by performance artists.

EVENING
  • Net Royalties

    The fresh coastal cuisine at Artisan Beach House is rivaled only by its views of the Atlantic Ocean and Haulover Inlet. The restaurant inside The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami is renowned for its seafood selections, which include octopus, clams and mussels, oysters, snapper, monkfish and wahoo. After sundown, try a smoked rum and Coke, with Kirk & Sweeney 23-year-old rum and house-smoked Coca-Cola.

Day

3

MORNING
  • The Great Estate

    Step back a century and explore Vizcaya. Industrial heir James Deering’s Italian-inspired estate, built in the early 1900s for an estimated $26 million, now is a National Historic Landmark open for tours of the 38,000-square-foot main house, 10 acres of formal gardens and a collection of 2,000 orchid specimens.

  • Tropical Trek

    Stroll through The Kampong, a National Tropical Botanical Garden filled with exotic plants and flowering trees from around the world. Horticulturist and explorer David Fairchild, head of the USDA Office of Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction from 1897 to 1928, also collected tropical fruits, palms, vines and shrubs to plant on his estate, which is now a living campus for botany and horticulture students and fans.

AFTERNOON
  • Modern Masters

    In addition to a permanent collection that includes the works of Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Peggy Nolan and James Turrell, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami exhibits eight to 10 group and solo shows each year, including three of emerging or experimental artists. Additional programs include the “MOCA by Moonlight” Wednesday night series, and jazz and classical music programs.

EVENING
  • Shellfish Motives

    Order the oysters at Mignonette, a contemporary oyster bar. The seafood options are plentiful, from Oysters Rockefeller (with dandelion, Pernod and Parmesan) and buffalo scallops to lobster tail and caviar.