MIAMI'S MUSEUM MOMENT

An architectural​ marvel; see every inch of this modern contemporary art museumHanging gardens outside, collections from Latin American artists insideNothing better represents Miami’s current-day cultural bravado than PAMM—the Perez Art Museum Miami. Opened in late 2013, the museum is the latest local architectural blockbuster from Swiss icons Herzog & de Meuron and is named after local real estate titan—and chief benefactor—Jorge Perez. Thoroughly modern in design, the museum’s cast-concrete exterior features a series of wraparound terraces and overhanging canopies which shroud the galleries within. Outside, PAMM’s facade is capped by a series of verdant hanging gardens which contrast dramatically with the shimmering water just beyond. Inside, the still-evolving collection is heavy on late-20th- and 21st-century works—with a strong emphasis on artists from both Latin America and the Miami region. There is also an impressive children’s program to help educate young minds about the entire creative process. Stroll PAMM for a few hours before retiring for a meal at its waterfront restaurant Verde—where ace restaurateur Stephen Starr serves up Latin-influenced New American classics (crispy mahimahi tacos; brick-grilled chicken with chimichurri) delivered with prime Biscayne Bay views. The Perez Art Museum Miami is right on Biscayne Bay between the Adrienne Arsht Center and the American Airlines Arena. You can get there by taking Biscayne Boulevard to 11th Street. The museum is located on the east side of Museum Park.​​PAMM: 1103 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-375-3000; pamm.org