An Artistic Adventure Awaits Riders
June 5, 2017
Brightline Shares Top Museum Picks in South Florida
Brightline is gearing up to launch Phase I of service, which will present endless opportunities for residents and visitors to experience Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. South Florida has some of the best cultural destinations in the state, and many of these are a short drive or walk from Brightline’s three stations. Located in the hub of their cities’ cultural centers, the six museums below offer a wide range of art, architecture and adventure from science experiments and space exploration to shark tanks and sculpture gardens. Adults and kids alike can channel their inner artist, explore new perspectives and foster creativity with a visit to one or all of the many museums.
Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM):
Featuring a diverse mixture of modern and contemporary international artwork from the 20th and 21st centuries, this sleek waterfront museum and architectural marvel is situated in downtown Miami’s Museum Park and takes only five minutes to get there via the Metromover. Designed by Pritzker Prize winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, PAMM evolved from the Miami Art Museum and relocated in 2013. The Museum is home to 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space including fascinating galleries, an elaborate sculpture garden, a unique selection of art books, state-of-the-art education complex and a premier waterfront dining restaurant. PAMM is a great option for Brightline riders looking to beat the heat this summer and spend a few hours getting lost in a labyrinth of art. For more information and museum hours, please visit www.pamm.org.
Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science:
One of the most complex buildings ever erected in South Florida, the $305 million Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science opened to the public in early May 2017. Also a short Metromover ride from MiamiCentral, the museum is a wonderland for both the young and young-at-heart, featuring a planetarium, aquarium and countless interactive exhibits geared towards science, technology, engineering and math. Kids riding Brightline will have a blast with their families exploring the hurling asteroids, flying dinosaurs, friendly robots, stingray tanks and virtual-reality shark simulators found throughout the museum. Also must-see is the 250-seat Frost Planetarium, which takes guests on a variety of visual joyrides from hurling through space to weaving through a coral reef. During the evenings of the first Friday of every month, watch a laser light show in the Frost Planetarium! For more information and museum hours, please visit www.frostscience.org.
Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS):
A short 10-minute walk from the Brightline Fort Lauderdale station, the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) is the ideal destination for riders both young and old to enjoy a day in the city. Guests can ride a virtual trip to the moon, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center and test their pilot skills in nine cockpit simulators in the “Living in the Everglades” exhibit. Animal lovers can gaze at sharks in the largest living Atlantic coral reef in captivity, watch otters play in the Eco Discovery Center and, if daring enough, even pet a 12-foot snake. For more information and museum hours, please visit www.mods.org.
NSU Art Museum:
Only a quick 10-minute walk from the Brightline station, the 75,000 square-foot modernist NSU Art Museum is an excellent option for Brightline riders seeking an educational and entertaining experience in the city. A dynamic cultural hub located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s Arts and Entertainment District, the Museum features an international exhibition program and celebrated collection of more than 6,000 works including the country’s largest collection of 19th and 20th century paintings and drawings by American realist William Glackens. Also of note are the NSU Art Museum’s extensive works by post-World War II, avant-garde CoBrA artists from Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam. For more information and museum hours, please visit www.nsuartmuseum.org.
West Palm Beach
Norton Museum of Art:
With a collection including more than 7,000 works, the Norton Museum of Art is especially known for its collections of American, Chinese, Contemporary and European art and photography. Currently under construction and offering free admission through December 2018, the Norton is conveniently located less than 10 minutes from Brightline’s West Palm Beach station. The museum is a must for Brightline riders seeking to spend the day marveling at masterpieces from the likes of Matisse, Monet and Picasso. If riders find themselves in West Palm Beach on a Thursday, they can enjoy “Art After Dark” with DIY art activities, sketchbook drawing, music as well as a cash bar and more. For more information and museum hours, please visit www.norton.org.
Palm Beach Photographic Centre:
A mere two-minute walk from the Brightline station, the Palm Beach Photographic Centre is true hidden gem of West Palm’s and excellent option for riders of all ages interested in photography. A non-profit visual arts organization, the Centre features a 5,000 square-foot museum gallery which explores the entire spectrum of photography from the historic to cutting edge. In addition, the Centre offers more than 300 photography and digital imaging workshops and classes annually (special classes are also available for children) with world-renowned photographers and digital imaging artists such as Vincent Versace, Robert Farber, Laurence Gartel and Douglas Kirkland, among others. Workshops at the Centre are stress-free, with the goal of fostering inspiration and creativity. What better way to spend an afternoon in West Palm Beach than by exploring life through a new lens? For more information on the Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s workshops and classes, please visit www.workshop.org.