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Where to Find Convenient Art and Culture Experiences in South Florida

South Florida remains a mecca for diverse arts and culture experiences, but navigating to the venues can be difficult with never-ending traffic congestion. From West Palm Beach and Boca Raton to Fort Lauderdale, Aventura and Miami, a plethora of world-class art exhibits exist for residents and visitors to enjoy. 

With new Brightline stations now open in Boca Raton and Aventura, the high-speed train service helps riders easily reach the South Florida cultural institutions. After arriving at the destination, riders can hail a circuit car, a 100% electric shuttle accessible outside Brightline stations (except for Aventura), or schedule for-purchase transportation options like Uber. Below are the art venues located within short driving destinations of Brightline stations in South Florida.

Fort Lauderdale: 

  • NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale (5 min. ride)
    • The premier Downtown Fort Lauderdale destination for exhibitions and programs encompassing many facets of civilization’s visual history, emphasizing Latin American and contemporary art from black, Latinx and women artists. NSU Art Museum’s 83,000-square-foot building contains 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 256-seat auditorium, a museum store, and a cafe.
  • Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) (3 min. ride)
    • Located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Arts and Science District, MODS features 150,000 square feet of dynamic science exhibits, an outdoor science park, a live animal collection, a rotating schedule of science shows, learning labs, a café, store and a grand atrium featuring our signature exhibit: the Great Gravity Clock
  • Broward Center for the Performing Arts (3 min. ride)
    • Ranking among the top ten most-visited theaters in the world, the Center presents more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons. Overlooking the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, this premier performing arts venue hosts Broadway musicals, operas, ballets, concerts, plays, multicultural performances, lectures, workshops and educational events, and it offers one of the most extensive arts-in-education programs in the United States, serving more than 150,000 students annually.
  • Historic Stranahan House Museum (5 min. ride)
    • The Stranahan House was built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, credited as Fort Lauderdale’s founding father, and his wife Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the area’s first school teacher. It is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County and has served as a trading post, post office, community gathering, and home to the Stranahans. It tells the story of the birth of Fort Lauderdale and the homestead they created to serve as an enduring legacy for historic preservation.

 

Boca Raton: 

  • Boca Raton Museum of Art (2 min. ride)
    • The Boca Raton Museum of Art encompasses a creative campus, including the Museum in Mizner Park and the Art School. The Museum has provided seven decades of cultural and artistic service to the community and many visitors from around the world.

 

West Palm Beach: 

  • Norton Museum of Art (3 min. ride)
    • Home to the leading and most far-ranging collection of art, with distinguished holdings in American, European, Contemporary, and Chinese art and photography, the Norton Museum of Art is home to a 12,000 square foot gallery space; expanded classroom space, a 210-seat auditorium; a store and restaurant; and a Great Hall serving as the Museum’s “living room” with a lawn for outdoor programming, or relaxing, and a sculpture garden. 
  • Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (3 min. ride)
    • The Kravis Center present’s a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality while also supporting local and regional arts organizations in which to showcase their work.
  • The Society of the Four Arts (5 min. ride)
    • The Society of the Four Arts offers a dynamic lineup of cultural programming, including art exhibitions, notable speakers, concerts, films, and educational programs. Home to beautiful gardens and two libraries, The Four Arts is one of Palm Beach’s oldest and most respected cultural destinations. 
  • Henry Morrison Flagler Museum (5 min. ride)
  • When it was completed in 1902, the New York Herald proclaimed that Whitehall, Henry Flagler’s Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was “more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world.” Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum, offering self-guided tours, changing exhibitions, and special programs.

 

Aventura: 

  • Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (5-min ride via car)
    • The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, which opened in 2010, is an elegant, high-tech, 330-seat facility whose mission is: To enhance the quality of life for Aventura by providing a variety of performing arts and relevant cultural programming for audiences of all ages.

Miami:

  • Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (5 min. ride)
    • Set in the heart of downtown Miami, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami Dade County showcases 300+ events each year, including the Center’s Signature Series of classical, jazz, Broadway, local theater and much more.
  • Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science (5 min. ride)
    • The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is a leading science museum dedicated to sharing the power of science, sparking wonder and investigation, and fueling innovation for the future. Located in Downtown Miami’s waterfront Maurice A. Ferré Park, Frost Science is divided into four buildings: the Frost Planetarium, Aquarium, and North and West Wings, where guests can learn about the core science behind living systems, the solar system and known universe, the physics of flight, light and lasers, the biology of the human body and mind, and much more. 
  • Pérez Art Museum Miami (5 min. ride)
    • Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is a modern and contemporary art museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries. 

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