Il Perez Art Museum Miami, known as PAMM, is Miami's contemporary art museum. It has been located in Downtown Miami in Museum Park since 2013, in a fairytale location with stunning views of Miami Beach. The building that houses the museum is a work of art in itself: stained glass windows, columns and hanging plants that help make the place spectacular.
- Where is it and how to get there
- Hours and prices
- A bit of history
- Building architecture and collections
Where is it and how to get there
The PAMM is located at 1103 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, on the east side of Museum Park, between the Frost Science Museum and Biscayne Bay. The best way to reach the PAMM by public transport is to use the Metromover. Get theOmni Loop to Museum Park station. The Biscayne Trolley instead it is the free bus line that reaches the Pérez Museum. The stop is called Museum Park.
If you are coming from outside Miami in train, get off at Miami Central Brightline Station and take the Omni Loop to Museum Park (15th stop) or, if you prefer, take an approximately XNUMX-minute walk to PAMM.
Even if you have a car, I recommend that you reach the PAMM by public transport. In fact, the parking of the museum (which also has a limited number of places) costs 8 dollars the first hour and 4 dollars the following up to a maximum of 40 dollars a day.
Hours and prices
The museum is open:
- from 10:00 to 18:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
- from 10:00 to 21:00 on Thursdays
- The closing day is Wednesday.
The ticket costs dollars 16 for adults and 12 dollars for children between 7 and 18, for students with a document and for those over 62. Children under 6 do not pay.
Il first Thursday of the month the Pérez Art Museum is free for the whole day, from 10:00 to 21:00, as well as the second Saturday of each month.
The museum offers free tours every day at 11am, 00pm, 12pm and Thursdays at 00pm. A free Spanish tour is offered on Saturdays at 14pm.
If you have purchased or are planning to purchase one of the Miami passes, it will be useful to know that PAMM is included in the Go Miami All-Inclusive Pass and also in the Go Miami Build Your Own Pass.
A bit of history
In 1984, the Center of Fine Arts was established in a complex of buildings reminiscent of the Mexican architectural style at 101 West Flagler Street, near HistoryMiami and the Miami Dade Public Library. In 1996 the Center of Fine Arts officially became MAM, Miami Art Museum, acquiring various important works and art collections and specializing in contemporary art.
In 2013, MAM moved to the Museum Park in Downtown Miami, whose works had begun in 2010. The new headquarters designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron want to remember Stiltsville, some wooden houses built on stilts in Biscayne Bay. The particular plants that descend from the ceiling were, however, an idea of the French botanist Patrick Blanc.
The construction of the new headquarters cost 220 million dollars, 100 of which financed by the municipality of Miami Dade and 120 million from private donors. Among these, the billionaire of Argentine origins residing in Miami, Jorge M. Pérez, donated 35 million dollars and for this reason the museum now bears his name: PAMM, Pérez Art Museum Miami.
Building architecture and collections
The building that houses the PAMM is on three floors for a total of almost 19.000 square meters, over 7.000 of which are located outside. The structure is set on an elevated platform and is covered by a curtain that goes beyond the walls of the museum creating a veranda and some outdoor terraces. The architects of Herzog & de Meuron collaborated with landscape architects to "bring the park into the museum”In innovative and surprising ways.
The galleries for the permanent collections are located on the first and second floors. The second floor also hosts temporary exhibitions, with large windows that allow natural light to enter the building and enjoy one view of the park and the bay. The outdoor veranda is graced with tropical plants with columns that create a multidimensional space.
Inside the museum there is also a restaurant and bar whose name cannot help but make you think of nature: Green. The restaurant can be booked even if you do not visit the museum and it could be an opportunity to admire the structure and the view as it overlooks the bay.
Among the permanent exhibitions you can admire, among others, the installations Sculpture Garden in the garden, the works offered by donors and sponsors of The Gift of Art, Hew Locke's colorful suspended boats. There are numerous temporary exhibitions by international artists and the museum is famous for its numerous events such as concerts and events related to national holidays such as Memorial Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, July 4th. Not only that, throughout the year the museum offers special programs for schools, mothers or fathers with babies from 0 to 18 months, for children between 3 and 5 years and for teenagers in order to bring people of any age.
If you want to find accommodation in the area, I invite you to read our article dedicated to where to sleep in Miami where you can find an overview of the hotels in Downtown Miami and the surrounding areas.