Florida’s art and cultural hotspots

By: | Published: February 28, 2017 12:14 PM

Renowned for Miami’s Art Basel, Florida is an ideal destination for art and culture, with offerings ranging from contemporary to colonial era

Gianni Versace’s Mansion

Renowned for Miami’s Art Basel, Florida is an ideal destination for art and culture. Art flourishes throughout the year at this destination. From contemporary to colonial era, the multi-faceted Florida offers something for every art aficionado. Here are the top picks for art lovers travelling o Florida.

Art Deco Walking Tour, Miami

Travel through time with South Beach’s walking tour, which transports one into the 1920s, 1930s and beyond. This heritage tour is significant in terms of art and culture. The tour engages guets with its architectural designs and stories about pioneers, heroes and criminal elements that developed this city. Gianni Versace’s Mansion and the dramatic story of his murder are the most thrilling of all. The mansion today is a luxury hotel, almost 14 years after his death. In 1997 Gianni Versace, the then property owner, was shot on its front steps by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. This tour is open throughout the day and suitable for kids and adults equally.

Wynwood Art District, Miami

The neighborhood, once a run-down warehouse district, has been revitalised into a walking district filled with museums, antique shops, open air street art installations and murals. Take a tour from a professional to learn about the artists’ background, culture and inspirations, or stroll the streets and allow your mind to wander as you gaze as these masterpieces. While in this artsy environment, travellers are also suggested to stop by Wynwood kitchen & bar.

Morse Museum, Winter Park (Orlando)

While visiting the theme park capital of the world, take time-off to visit The Morse Museum, just 30 minutes north of Orlando. The museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). It includes the artist and designer’s jewelry, pottery, paintings, leaded-glass lamps and windows; his chapel interior from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago; and art and architectural objects from his Long Island country estate, Laurelton Hall. The Museum’s holdings also include American art pottery, late 19th and early 20th century American paintings, graphics, decorative art and even a set of teak, hand-crafted wooden doors from India.

The Dali Museum, St Petersburg

A sizeable amount of Salvador Dali’s works are stored outside of Spain, in St Petersburg, Florida. Located in a building on the scenic downtown waterfront, this iconic museum is the perfect jumping-off point to explore the rest of the city. The Dali Museum houses more than 2,000 works of art in 20,000-sq-ft of gallery space, including numerous oils, watercolors, sketches, sculptures and other objects. Of the 18 masterworks Dali produced, eight are located in the St Petersburg museum.

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