This post is insanely overdue. The Perez Art Museum of Miami, better known as PAMM, has been the talk of the town since it opened in December (2013). With the holidays I didn’t visit when it first opened, but the delay after that was just a failure on my part. My first time visiting PAMM was with my little brother on one of our adventures in February. Unfortunately as I was picking him up my phone reset. I was able to get it working but I lost the pictures I took during our visit when I did the back-up. Or so I thought (I still have some things to figure out- more on that later).
My second visit was with my friend from New York. PAMM is at the top of my list now for all visitors, but she designs hotel interiors and she’s a big fan of Herzog and DeMureon so it was a must. Even the second time around I was still in awe of the building and really impressed with the expanded collection from the old Miami Art Museum.
The parking garage is below the museum and is oddly calming in itself. Simple concrete slates and gravel drives. Very not Miami trendy/chic but it provides a great transition to the museum itself and draws your attention more to the glimpses of Biscayne Bay. There are elevators up to the museum, but if possible you should absolutely take the stairs. As your walk up and look up your greeted by the museum’s hanging gardens. They’re one of my favorite parts, especially of the outside. Sunlight filters through the roof and it all is incredible on a bright sunny Miami day. Just from that my friend was already like “oh my god. Oh my god. This is incredible.”
For the museum’s inside and the artwork I’ll let you get an impression from the pictures below. What I will share is that the size of the new museum provides so much more of a punch than the old museum. This is especially true for visiting exhibits. My first visit PAMM was hosting the Ai Weiwei exhibit. On my second visit the main exhibit was Caribbean: Crossroads of the Americas. The space in the new building means that each new exhibit is pretty much worth another visit. The old museum space just didn’t allow for this. The exhibits I saw in the old museum filled up a few small rooms and at least in my opinion didn’t provide enough a variety to encourage a lot of repeat trips. That’s not the case at all with PAMM. There even were some smaller exhibits/project galleries that were different from my first visit and were very cool. I feel like PAMM is a world-class institution worth bragging about a lot!
Pictures weren’t allowed for Caribbean: Crossroads of the Americas unfortunately. They did allow us to take pictures during the Ai Weiwei exhibit (or at least nothing was said, while it was very clear no pictures for the Caribbean exhibit). As I was leaving PAMM for the second time I was looking through my pictures and saw an album entitled Art Museum Visit. I realized they were the pictures I took my first visit and had tried to send to iCloud. I thought I had lost them after the reboot. Unfortunately looking through my phone now I can no longer find them. Clearly I’m not very savvy with the iCloud. Hopefully they’ll show up again (or comment below if you know how to help me with my dilemma). The Ai WeiWei was a pretty cool exhibit so I want to share those pics. There were so many different mediums and messages from the different pieces. My little brother (age 13) also was very entertained by his work.
Back outside is a great veranda that overlooks Biscayne Bay towards South Beach and adds to the building itself being a work of art. The view is perfectly framed by the cruise ships and the Port. There are a number of deck chairs for you to sit and relax and enjoy the view. There also are steps down to the water and benches lining the steps. It truly makes PAMM (and the now finished Museum Park it’s a part of) Miami’s front door (or would it be yard? Regardless it’s not the back door/yard because it’s far too impressive). The location and making the views a part of PAMM are what I love. As a picture below shows you get the views also while in the museum (although they windows have shade covers on them).
After the visit you can also stop off for a snack or a meal at the museum’s restaurant, Verde. It’s a Stephen Starr restaurant, who I am a huge fan of from my time in Philly. I haven’t had a chance to visit yet, but I don’t think you can go wrong by checking it out.
I plan to visit PAMM pretty often when entertaining out-of-town guests and when new exhibits are in town. Museum Park had yet to open on my two visits, but I am excited to check out what I hear is another incredible space (of which PAMM is an awesome part). When the Frost Science Museum opens next door it’s going to be insane (I cannot wait for that shark tank in the ceiling of the science museum!). PAMM by itself certainly makes the list for top attractions in Miami and worth people’s time to visit. Check out the pics and enjoy Miami’s front door!
Perez Art Museum of Miami (PAMM)- 1103 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL