Perez Art Museum in Miami

Before Christmas, we went on a trip with the kids to Miami. My favorite part of the trip by far was our visit to the Perez Art Museum. Renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron designed the space that is much more than a building – it feels like a garden and a park too. The 3 story building has a large overhanging canopy with vertical gardens of lush tropical plants, all overlooking the Biscayne Bay.

As usual, we spent more time outside the museum than inside, which honestly almost seems part of the intention of the architects. But inside, the kids loved the exhibit by Brazilian artist, Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botanico. And there’s something about the expansiveness of the building that made my kids and their friend want to run…fast…everywhere.

   Fly’s Eye Dome by Buckminster Fuller   . A prototype of an original design for a fully functional, air-deployable, off-the-grid temporary dwelling.

Fly’s Eye Dome by Buckminster Fuller. A prototype of an original design for a fully functional, air-deployable, off-the-grid temporary dwelling.

The café is superb with lots of outdoor seating and there’s a modern sculptural swing set next door. When we were there the swings were filled with hipsters who quickly made room for our kids. After that we all ran fast down to the bay and spotted jellyfish and a heron in the water. From the bay’s perspective, you can take in the full sight of the Perez – and it really is breathtaking.