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Beyond Art Basel: The Best Places to See Amazing Art in Miami

Beyond Art Basel: The Best Places to See Amazing Art in Miami

Miami has become one of the art capitals of the world and it’s no surprise: the city’s vibrant energy and rich cultural diversity makes it a hotbed for up-and-coming artists (plus, it doesn’t hurt that there are a few wealthy patrons around town). 

The city’s elevated place in the art world has been further cemented with the emergence of Art Basel Miami Beach - the city’s premier art event. Every December, fans, patrons and contemporary artists alike come together to collectively explore the human condition via objects and experiences. Public spaces, hotels, restaurants and hotels turn into impromptu gallery spaces as art lovers around the world descend upon the city. 

In fact, there are so many opportunities to see world-class art throughout Miami, it's an excuse enough to plan a trip and immerse yourself in a full-on artcation. Of course, you’ll need a place to stay, and Stay Alfred offers two unique properties in Miami: Stay Alfred Little Havana and Stay Alfred Brickell. 

Stay Alfred Little Havana is located in the famous and historic namesake neighborhood and just off Calle Ocho. Travel apartments come in a variety of layouts, from a studio perfect for a business traveler who wants to tack on a few days to explore the city to a 3-bedroom loft great for families. 

Stay Alfred Brickell is a great home base with the best of Miami just a short rideshare away. These spacious travel apartments can sleep up to eight guests and offer sweeping views of the city. 

While Art Basel Miami Beach may be the star of the city’s art scene,  it only lasts one week. Not to worry, though… there’s enough art in Miami to more than fill the other 51 weeks of the year. But where do you start in a city so packed with opportunities to appreciate art? To get you started, we’ve created a hit list of Miami museums, districts and galleries you simply cannot miss if you consider yourself an art fan:

Perez Art Museum Miami - Located right on the water, this museum is home to a fantastic modern and contemporary art collection with a permanent collection including Rauschenberg, Baldessari and Hicks. Pro tip: make time to have lunch at Verde, the museum’s waterfront bar and restaurant - the menu is amazing! 

Outdoor art installation at Perez Art Museum in Miami

Art Basel Miami Beach - The big kahuna. Be warned our travel apartments book up way in advance during this week in December, and 2020 dates have already been announced. Endless art events throughout the city and quite a few posh parties. 

Miami Design District - This neighborhood is home to tons of galleries, shops, and restaurants - you could spend most of your day walking from block to block and encountering art around every corner. Plus, there are tons of sweet pop-ups with cookies, popsicles and ice cream to power you through all that art. 

Stay Alfred at Little Havana - That’s right! This property features its own art installation of stenciled paintings by New York artist Lauren Panepinto and installed by Miami artist Nicole Salcedo. 

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami - This free museum offers floor after floor of amazing contemporary art. Current exhibitions rotate so be sure to check out what’s on display - and don’t miss the sculpture garden in the back!

ICA Miami gallery

Tower Theater - Not a traditional art museum, we know, but danggit this theater always has an amazing calendar of art-house films, shorts, and festivals. Head over to Calle Ocho and support this amazing local institution. 

Rubell Family Collection - Home to one of the largest private collections of contemporary art, this is must-not-miss. Works include Cindy Sherman, Keith Haring and Jeff Koons. 

Emerson Dorsch Gallery - A local favorite that regularly hosts Miami-based artists, there’s no better gallery to get a flavor for the local art scene. 

de la Cruz Collection - This gallery is located on the same block at ICA Miami and is home to an expansive collection that covers three floors. This place is usually packed during Art Basel - we highly recommend visiting off-season during the week. 

de la Cruz Collection art gallery

Wynwood Walls - The Wynwood neighborhood is all the rage these days, and it’s a great area to get lost and walk the blocks from gallery to gallery. Check out the walls from amazing urban graffiti and murals by artists from around the world. Pro tip: do yourself a favor and stop by Zak the Baker and order one of everything. 

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse - This huge converted warehouse space houses an eclectic collection of contemporary art and is known for large-scale installations. 

The Bass - This Miami Beach darling specializes in contemporary art and is one of those spaces that’s just stunning to walk around. Make sure your phone is charged - you’re going to be taking a LOT of selfies. 

Share all of the amazing art you encounter while in Miami with #stayalfred. 

Ready to book your stay for Art Basel Miami Beach in 2020? Check availability at Stay Alfred Little Havana and Stay Alfred Brickell today.