Miami hosts a wide variety of literary, artistic, and creative activities that draw cultural tourists as well as those who enjoy the beauty of the beaches, the architecture, and the tropical landscape. The Miami International Book Fair brings together famous authors from around the world in a friendly, gregarious, and fascinating way, the International Map Fair is considered one of the best in the world, and of course the Art Basel Miami event is the largest, most diverse, and most colorful event of the year. So if you like good books, interesting people, and a very forward-looking cultural atmosphere, Miami is the place for you!
If you want to learn more about Miami culture, art and history, a great place to start are the dozens of museums and historical places around Miami-Dade County. Start at the exquisite collection of historic and contemporary artwork at Lowe Art Museum on UM’s main campus, and then explore the many programs and events each place has to offer. HistoryMiami for example, has amazing tours of the city lead by leading historians and educators, including walking, bike and boat tours through many of the art and cultural alcoves of Miami. The Coral Gables Museum has free yoga days and free music Fridays in addition to exhibits and displays. Consider museums your gateway to Miami culture.