If you’re heading to Miami to dodge the chilly weather or to attend the Art Basel international art show this weekend, we have some exciting news to share. You not only get the pleasure of enjoying Miami’s premier art show and relaxing on South Beach, but can now visit the new Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).
The new 200,000-square-foot building opens its doors to the public this week. Located on Biscayne Bay, between the Arsht Performing Arts Center and the American Airlines Arena, PAMM features large, shaded verandas, a park and galleries with views of the bay, an education center and Verde, a waterfront restaurant.
Designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron, Perez Art Museum Miami is worth $220 million. A Miami businessman and Jorge Perez donated $40 million worth of art and cash to help launch the museum.
According to CBS Miami, Perez Art Museum Miami officials believe that Miami’s first major art museum will become a hub for world-class art exhibitions and educational programs.
Opening exhibitions include a major retrospective of works by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, an exhibit highlighting Cuban modernist painter Amelia Pelaez and art from the Miami-based collection of Ruth and Marvin Sackner.
PAMM has special hours during opening week (Dec. 4-8). Miami-Dade residents can get in free through Sunday, Dec. 8. For the general public, admission is free on the first Thursday and second Saturday every month. Otherwise, plan on spending $12 to get in for adults and $8 for seniors and children (ages 7 to 18).