Miami Science Museum
3280 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33129
For almost 50 years, the museum and the planetarium have delighted thousands of families and kids thanks to generous contributions, governmental support and tireless volunteers groups. To spend a different type of evening inspired by the scene of the planetarium in the James Dean movie "Rebel Without A Cause," just visit the museum on any first Friday of the month. "Fabulous First Friday" promises a night of laser lights and stars. First enjoy a free planetarium star show and rooftop observatory show and then, for a minimal fee, you can check out the laser show.
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Bass Museum of Art
2100 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Founded in 1963 with works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, Bass Museum of Art now consists of 500 works of 20th and 21st century artists from North and Latin America, Asia and the Caribbean. A special niche is dedicated to Miami Beach and its 20th century design history. "Beats After Sunset" is the Friday happy hour event where members and non-members (for a fee) will mingle over complimentary cocktails, listen to DJs performing and visit the current exhibitions.
Miami Design District
'Where creativity happens' says the tagline of the Design District, an 18-block neighborhood united by creativity, innovative design and businesses. The vibrant conglomerate hosts a gallery walk every second Saturday of the month to offer visitors and locals the best variety of shopping and culinary experiences and cultural exhibitions. Come early, park in the streets and wear comfortable shoes for a gallery-hopping evening highlighted by the best that artists can offer.
The Betsy Hotel
1440 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
The Betsy Hotel was first built in the pre-war era and still keeps the mission of fostering community through programming arts, philanthropy and culture. The hotel still has a Writer's Room for writers in search of a respite for the final stages of their productions. Honoring that spirit, the hotel sponsors and hosts O, Miami, the biennial poetry festival in Miami with the mission of every person in Miami-Dade finding a poem. Check the schedule of the roster of visiting artists, poetry readings in public and activities related to this national event.
Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
770 N.E. 125th St.
North Miami, FL 33161
Supported by major local art collectors and located in a part of town not so tourist friendly, MOCA welcomes provocative and innovative exhibitions. It customarily hosts the Vanity Fair parties during Art Basel Miami Beach and it becomes a destination every last Friday of the month with Jazz on the Lawn parties. Free jazz on the front lawn of the museum could be the ideal event to invite a date, remembering to bring a blanket and bug spray.
Francesca Belluomini is a freelance writer covering all things Miami. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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