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Arts & Museums
For years this phenomenal work of art has fascinated people from all over the world. Coral Castle's creator carved his fantasy world out of stone using nothing but homemade tools. Those who flock to see this stone garden have to wonder as to what could have inspired a man to labor 28 years to create it.
Get a closer look at one of the proudest innovations of American ingenuity, the railroad. Authentic Pullmans, engines, and dining cars are displayed along a half-mile of real track. The museum's most prized acquisition, however, is the Ferdinand Magellan, one of the most luxurious railroad cars in the United States. Built in the 1930s for President Franklin Roosevelt, the car has since been used by Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Reagan, and Bush. The Ferdinand Magellan was completely restored after being destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and is now available for public viewing at The Gold Coast Railroad Museum. This unique museum can also be rented for private celebrations as well as corporate functions. For booking details, check website.
Located at the Tamiami Airport west of downtown Miami, Wings Over Miami Air Museum provides a peek at the fascinating history of aviation. Visitors can relive the events of World War II from a pilot's perspective while viewing a historic display of aircraft and aviation artifacts, including the B-59, AT-11 Kansan and the Grumman J2F-6 'Duck'. These magnificently maintained aircrafts capture a piece of the country's history.
Established in 1974, Art Express and frame shop carries an extensive selection of museum-quality prints, posters, fine art, lithographs, serigraphs, sports memorabilia, mirrors, and limited editions. The shop offers an extensive inventory of frames and also caters to business needs, with photo-framing specialists on hand to assist you. A knowledgeable staff can help you select the right frame and matte to enhance treasured artwork.
Miami Art Central (MAC) is a non profit organization, dedicated to the support of contemporary artists as well as visual and performing arts. Exhibitions, performances, film, video and educational events are organised frequently. Some of the artists who have shown their work are Sonia Abián, Carlos Piegari, Ibon Aranberri, Maja Bajević, James Coleman, Alice Creischer, Danica Dakić, Ines Doujak, Öyvind Fahlström and Harun Farocki.
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum located in Florida International University's Modesto A. Maidique Campus, features exhibitions of student work and also hosts national traveling shows focusing on the work of well-known artists. Outside, the Sculpture Park, open all day, offers an opportunity for a pleasant stroll surrounded by artwork.
Located on the 26-acre (10.521 hectare) Florida International University campus, the Martin Z. Margulies Sculpture Park features a priceless collection of pieces donated in 1994. The owner's mission was to share his collection of contemporary sculpture with the world, thus admission is always free. Self-guided tours include an informational map of the various works, as well as thorough audio-guided walking tours. Group tours of ten or more are available all through the year.
Located at the University of Miami, the Lowe Art Museum is the oldest accredited visual arts institution in Miami-Dade County. The permanent collection comprises Renaissance, Baroque, Native American and pre-Colombian antiquities and 20th-century contemporary art. Each year the museum presents six new exhibits and offers lectures, tours, and other educational opportunities, including the Beaux Arts Festival.
Loyal fans of the University of Miami's football team, the Hurricanes, flock to the Orange Bowl to cheer for the city's most promising athletes. Aside from the athletic realm, UM offers academic excellence at the undergraduate and graduate level. Established in 1925, the private university offers schools of medicine, law, music, marine studies, and more. The main campus is conveniently situated in Coral Gables, close enough to Coconut Grove for students to enjoy the nightlife.
There are two parts to this little gallery in the heart of Coconut Grove. It offers a full range of custom framing services, and the back room serves as an exhibit space for paintings by local artists. The atmosphere is relaxed and cozy, which is more what you might expect from a crafts store than an art gallery. The staff is friendly and always willing to assist you. Owners plan to put the gallery online, making it more accessible to art collectors throughout the world.
Situated on the second floor of CocoWalk, this is a forward thinking art gallery. The artists, who have decided to sell their art themselves, run the place. So far, they have a good grip on the situation. The gallery offers original works, reproductions, and art objects such as tables, chairs and skateboards. Limited edition apparel is also available. There are special events organized for charity that involved the owners and other artists they invite to participate. These are very successful and worth attending. Art instruction and live painting sessions are also offered. The concept is innovative and the gallery is gaining a following. It's a must visit if you are in the area. - Mercedes de Marchena
This is the historic boyhood home of George Merrick, the founding father of Coral Gables. In the 1920s, Merrick designed many of the elegant mansions that can be found in this tree lined, upscale neighborhood. Take a guided tour through the house constructed of coral rock or wander on your own around the lovely gardens and grounds. The home contains many of Merrick's original furnishings and gives a glimpse of South Florida life during this period.