Message from Franklin Hill Perrell and Debbie Wells
Since many of our Artful Circle members travel to Florida, we compiled a list of must-see museums and cultural sites in South Florida, If you are spending time down south, treat yourself to a visit to any of these spectacular places. See art there all year round – more than just during their famous Art Basel.
In the future, Franklin and Debbie will be spending more time in the winter months down south, so stay tuned for announcements about Artful Circle activities in Florida, including museum, art fairs and more!
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
West Palm Beach
This former residence of sculptor Ann Weaver Norton is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the house, art studio and tropical gardens showcasing more than 100 works by the artist.
Bass Museum of Art
SInce 1969, the Bass Museum of Art has focused on exhibitions of contemporary art that reflect the spirit and international character of Miami Beach. Originally a library built in the 1930’s, its recent renovations make it a shining star in Miami’s historic Art Deco District.
Boca Raton Museum of Art
Located in glamorous Mizner Park, this museum and sculpture garden maintains the reputation of being one of South Florida’s leading cultural institutions.
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Be magically transported to the days of gracious living, when Florida was one America’s last frontier outposts. Explore the grounds and see art by Frederic Clay Bartlett, as well as his world-class collection with works by master such as Seurat, Picasso and Gauguin.
Cornell Museum of Art
Renovated in 2017, the Cornell Art Museum is housed in the Delray Elementary School building of 1913 on the Old School Square campus in Delray Beach’s historic arts district.
Deering Estate at Cutler, Miami
Located along the edge of Biscayne Bay, the 444-acre Deering Estate at Cutler is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. Take a tour of the historic houses, as well as exploring its lush natural areas.This cultural center was the dream of the late industrialist Charles Deering, an avid art collector, artist and philanthropist.
Explore Florida’s Gilded Age treasure – Whitehall! Built as Florida’s first museum and one of America’s most technologically advanced homes of the era. See this Beaux-Arts gem, including Flagler’s private railcar, an extensive lace collection and special exhibitions throughout the year.
Institute of Contemporary Art
A significant permanent collection of art of our times awaits you in this new three story modern architectural wonder in Miami’s Design District. See works by the greats, from Sol LeWitt, Yves Klein, Dan Flavin, Dieter Roth, Roy Lichtenstein, and more.
Jewish Museum of Florida
Located within Florida International University, this museum is housed in two of Miami’s historic synagogues. Its collection consists of over 100,000 artifacts, photographs and ephemera.
Lowe Art Museum
Operated by the University of Miami, this museum contains art from every continent from antiquities to modern art, including a glass art collection not to be missed.
Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
Located in a warehouse in the dynamic Wynwood Arts District, enjoy the world-class collection of Martin Z. Margulies featuring contemporary art, photography, video, and art installations.
Morikami Japanese Museum & Gardens
Get your taste for Japanese arts and culture experience in the United States! Morikami’s historical exhibitions, bonsai gardens and tea house are just a few of the highlights to discover as you leisurely explore the grounds. It’s a relaxing, educational and beautiful way to spend a day.
Norton Museum of Art
West Palm Beach
Now the largest in the state, the museum houses over 7,000 works, including of Europe, America, and Asia. Its mission is “to preserve for the future the beautiful things of the past.” Plus- don’t miss their Dale Chihuly glass ceiling installation!
NSU Art Museum
The museum, now part of Nova Southeastern University, is located near the vibrant Las Olas and the Riverwalk promenade. Highlights include art by the American Impressionist William Glackens, leading Latin American artists and more.
Perez Art Museum Miami
This sleek waterfront museum features top notch contemporary international artwork within. Savor spectacular views of Biscayne Bay and the hanging gardens outside.You will soon discover why it is considered the flagship art museum of Florida!
Society of the Four Arts
Celebrate the four arts – literature, music, drama, and art – at Palm Beach’s best-loved destination for exhibitions, concerts, films, lectures, workshops and more. Be sure to walk through the magnificent Philip Hulitar Sculpture Gardens while you are there.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Often called “The Hearst Castle of the East,” this waterfront Renaissance-inspired estate combines European extravagance with its lush tropical surroundings.
Weiner Museum of Decorative Arts
Enter the Gallery of Amazing Things and prepare to be dazzled by MWODA’s collection of ceramic art and studio glass. Peruse stellar displays of the finest European pottery and porcelain from the last two centuries, including Wedgwood, Royal Doulton and Lladró. Also enjoy the stunning glass artworks by Lalique, Dale Chihuly and more.
West Palm Beach
Whitespace is a private contemporary art museum, gallery, exhibition space and loft-style home of Elayne and the late Marvin Mordes. Their collection of modern art is beautifully showcased in this unique venue.
Beth Rudin DeWoody’s The Bunker
West Palm Beach
No website yet – keep goggling for info! This just in…Top art collector Beth Rudin DeWoody recently renovated a former Art Deco style munitions factory building to exhibit her eclectic modern and contemporary art collection.