Recently, I had the pleasure of acquainting myself with the beautiful Perez Art Museum (also known as the PAMM). When I arrived with my friends, I was taken aback by the striking scenery surrounding the museum, as it is located on Biscayne Boulevard adjacent to the lovely bay. There was a strong breeze, which is always welcomed in the sweltering South Florida heat. Everything encompassing the museum was vivid. I knew I was in for a treat.
Regarding the architecture, the building itself is remarkably designed. It has a sleek, modern look, characterized by clean edges, giant glass windows, and decorative wood roofing. One of my favorite characteristics of the building were the hanging plants, which softened the look of the exterior.
Inside, there is a small gift shop that sells a variety of interesting novelties and interior decor. Around the corner from there is a cafe which serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, and has outdoor seating overlooking the blue-green Biscayne Bay. The employees are very friendly. Something that adds a unique and personal touch to the museum is that your admission “ticket” is a metal clip that can be worn on your clothes. It’s a simple detail that was very nice.
Now for my favorite part: the galleries. There are three floors at the PAMM, and all three have several rooms with fascinating pieces. There’s a nice blend of modern and contemporary art. Some rooms were still under construction, as new collections were being added. In one area, there were large steps with multiple pillows where you could sit and watch a screen or even observe your fellow museum-goers. I thought that was really interesting.
I wish I could share more about specific art pieces, but I don’t want to spoil anything. All I can say is that the PAMM is a unique art experience. Plus, every second Saturday is free! Which is definitely ideal for someone on a budget (like broke college students – am I right?). On second Saturdays you can also participate in arts and crafts outside, which is refreshingly fun. There are also a few discount admission options for students, youth, seniors, and active military. If you plan on going – make a day of it. Sit outside for a while; soak in the breeze; walk around. Get lost in the art pieces. Have fun with it!
(Image credit: Nicole Spencer)