Well known for the Miami’s
Art Basel, Florida is a thriving
destination for art and culture. However, art lovers need not wait until
December to experience the cultural offerings in the Sunshine State. Here, art
flourishes throughout the year. From contemporary to colonial era this
multi-faceted destination offers something for every art aficionado. Here are
just a few top picks that every traveller must experience while in Florida.
Art Deco Walking Tour, Miami
Travel through time with South Beach’s amazing walking tour,
which transports you into the 20s, 30s and beyond. This heritage tour is
significant in terms of art and culture. The tour engages you with its stunning
architectural designs and fascinating stories about pioneers, heroes and
criminal elements that developed this pulsing city. Of which Gianni Versace’s
Mansion and the dramatic story of his murder are the most thrilling of all. The
mansion today is a luxury hotel, almost fourteen years after his death. In 1997
Gianni Versace, the then property owner, was shot on its front steps by serial
killer Andrew Cunanan. This tour is open throughout the day and suitable for
kids and adults equally.
Wynwood Art District, Miami
This district is every street artist’s come true. The
neighborhood, once a run-down warehouse district, has been revitalized into a
walking district filled with museums, antique shops, open air street art
installations and murals. Take a tour from a professional to learn about the
artists’ background, culture and inspirations, or stroll the streets and allow
your mind to wander as you gaze as these masterpieces. While in this artsy
environment, make sure you stop by Wynwood kitchen & bar to enjoy its
outstandingly curated graffiti and relish the good food.
Morse Museum, Winter Park (Orlando)
While visiting the theme park capital of the world, take
time-off to visit The Morse Museum, just 30 minutes north of Orlando. The museum houses the world’s most
comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). It
includes the artist and designer’s jewelry, pottery, paintings, leaded-glass
lamps and windows; his chapel interior from the 1893 World’s Columbian
Exposition in Chicago; and art and architectural objects from his Long Island
country estate, Laurelton Hall. The Museum’s holdings also include American art
pottery, late 19th and early 20th century American paintings, graphics,
decorative art and even a set of teak, hand-crafted wooden doors from India
The Dali Museum, St.
Some might be surprised to know that a sizeable amount of
Salvador Dali’s works are stored outside of Spain, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Located in a stunning building on the scenic downtown waterfront, this iconic
museum is the perfect jumping-off point to explore the rest of the city. The
Dali Museum houses more than 2,000 works of art in 20,000 square feet of
gallery space, including numerous oils, watercolors, sketches, sculptures and
other objects. Of the 18 "Masterworks" Dali produced, eight are
located in the St. Petersburg museum.