When the country went into full shutdown during the pandemic, some industries were hurt more than most. Visiting art galleries and spending full days at museums suddenly became off the table for the foreseeable future. While many of them reverted to online or virtual tours, there still was just nothing that could compare to viewing art in person. Art Basel might have been canceled, but several of Miami’s brightest galleries and museums have re-opened with strict new safety guidelines. Here are some of our favorites:
The Fountainhead Residency is one of the most inclusive art initiatives the city can boast. Whether you experience the residency in-person at one of their mask-mandatory, RSVP-required open houses or tour the studios in-person and online, you’ll be getting inspired no matter what.
In case you weren’t able to pass by the colossal new Rubell Museum in Allapattah before the lockdown, they too have recently re-opened along with their new restaurant, Leku, and a huge space for ample social distancing and taking in some of the world’s greatest contemporary art.
The Bass on Miami Beach has also recently re-opened, getting us excited for all the art both inside the museum and outdoors on Collins Park we’ve been missing. They’ve made many adjustments to their operations, including rigorous health and safety measures, visitor guidelines and adjusted opening hours.
ICA Miami is now open with new hours, cleaning procedures, and guidelines to ensure a safe space for experiencing the most innovative art of our time. Admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami is free of charge but visitors must reserve timed tickets in advance of visiting.
In 2009, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz built a museum in Miami’s Design District to share their contemporary art collection as an extension of their home. The de la Cruz Collection was among the very first to re-open its doors with strict safety measures in place. The admission is still free.
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse is a nonprofit institution located in a 50,000 square foot retro-fitted warehouse in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami. They too have instituted serious COVID-19 guidelines for all guests and staff to adhere to.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is known for its provocative and innovative exhibitions, and for seeking a fresh approach in examining the art of our time. Like many of the larger-form museums on this list, they too have outwardly expressed an increase in safety measures and a decrease in occupancy.
Before the shutdown, the Wilzig Museum Building on Miami Beach was in the process of an unprecedented expansion: multiple museums under one roof. For now, all guests visiting the World Erotic Art Museum are required to wear masks and keep an ample social distance for utmost safety.
The wonderful thing about Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is that a majority of this breathtaking historical landmark is actually outdoors so you can truly feel free to roam at ease. All guests are required to wear masks while on property, though don’t worry, the bay breeze will keep you cool.
For 30 years, the Bakehouse Art Complex has given Wynwood an internationally-renown collection of artists from around the world. They’re re-opening to the public on November 13th, but you can still partake in their socially-distanced workshops like claymaking with artist Lauren Shapiro.
Cover photo courtesy of the Margulies Collection.