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New Museo Vault Location in West Palm Beach

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Museo Vault Location in West Palm Beach
Art Storage Facility in Southeast Florida to Open September 1, 2018

West Palm Beach, FL: Ten years after dominating the art storage market in South Florida with their one-of-a-kind approach, Museo Vault proudly announces their convenient new location opening in West Palm Beach, FL on September 1st. Located in West Palm Beach, FL the new Museo Vault is just west of I-95 on Northpoint Parkway and is less than 15 minutes from the island of Palm Beach. The satellite location will allow Museo Vault to better serve clients in Palm Beach County and avoid clients’ hefty transport fees to/from the current Dade location.

Museo Vault co-founder David Lombardi considers Palm Beach “an obvious choice for Museo Vault’s second location.” With ten years of experience and an impeccable reputation within their Miami client base, Lombardi has noticed “a shift in some of that clientele north to Palm Beach and we want to be there for them.” Todd Ruderman, managing partner of Museo Vault and co-founder of Value Store It Management, adds that “Museo Vault is excited to expand our fine arts services and storage business to the Palm Beach market. With the growth of collectors, museums and art related businesses, we see the need for providing the same exemplary services Museo Vault extends in South Florida to the Palm Beach areas.”

Museo Vault’s new West Palm Beach location will provide the following essential services to art collectors in Florida:

  • Packing
  • Crating
  • Domestic and international shipping
  • Local transport
  • Installation
  • Climate-controlled secure storage
  • Arranging conservation
  • Restoration and appraisal

About Museo Vault: Museo Vault is the premier provider of art storage and related services in South Florida. Developed by a group of real estate professionals who saw a need for the quickly growing Miami art scene, Museo Vault is the first purpose-built fine art storage and related service center in the area. With expert input from art insurance consultants, the Museo Vault team created an all-in one company that could cater to the highest needs of art clients around the world.

Your Guide to the Fabulous Miami Art Deco District

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The Miami Art Deco Historic District is chock-full of flavorfully colored infrastructure, exquisitely adorned with intricate designs. These century-old buildings have been carefully preserved so viewers can get an idea as to what life might have looked like back in the bygone era.

Art Deco is a modern take on neoclassical style with serious inclusion of exotic motifs such as flora, fauna and fountains. This architecture came to popularity back in the early 1920s, debuting in Paris in 1925.

Often recognized for its playful pastel colors and vibrant light hues, many of the buildings erected during this time feature exotic geometric statues, architectural symmetry, glass blocks, round porthole windows, curved structural edges and extensive use of neon lighting.

From retro shapes and designs to fabulous colors, the vintage design of Miami’s Art Deco District is a sight for sore eyes.

With historic sites uniquely engineered so their impressive craftsmanship and personality could be praised and preserved, the Art Deco mecca is much so more than simply the occasional splash of festive color!

Miami Beaches Art Deco Historic District is comprised of almost 1,000 buildings and structures, all erected between 1923 and 1943. These are nostalgia-invoking historic sites, with easy to spot pastel hued buildings lining the oceanside.

The Preservation of the Art Deco Area of Miami

The Art Deco area of Miami progressively became the first 20th century neighborhood recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, but this achievement was no skip in the park. Due to decades of neglect, the Art Deco scene was facing plans of destruction, through possible wholesale demolition.

A courageous woman determined to preserve history founded a non-profit organization to save all the dilapidated local art buildings.

Barbara Baer Capitman founded the Miami Design Preservation League in 1976, dedicated to protecting and preserving the overall integrity (not to mention outside appearance) of the Beaches Architectural Historic District.

Thanks to the organization’s hard work and unyielding persistence, intensive restoration and renovations have been completed over the years. The Miami Art Deco District is back to being fantastic and flourishing, just as colorful today as it was decades ago!

Must See Miami Architecture

All of the most significant and famous examples of Miami’s Art Deco style can be found along three parallel streets here in South Florida: Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, and Washington Avenue.

1. Stroll Along Ocean Drive

Walking down Ocean Drive will provide onlookers with the best view of all the shops, bars, hotels and restaurants that brightly line the street. Take a stroll hand in hand with loved ones and enjoy the trip your eyes (and feet) will take you on.
The buildings are adorned with metal rails, chrome accenting, terrazzo floors and flags hanging proudly from popular ocean liners that anchored at the Port of Miami back in the 1930s.

2. Head Through Miami’s Hip Historical Hotels

The must see sites are endless, however the hotel culture in Miami is a wonderful representation of the amazingly unique architecture. Some of the most popular buildings to visit in the district are in fact historic hotels.

The Carlyle Hotel is the first worthy of a shout-out, as it’s starred in movies such as Scarface, Bad Boys 2 and The Birdcage. The Colony Hotel is one of the most photographed buildings in the area and the Sagamore, a boutique nicknamed the Art Hotel, has been described as the Deco District centerpiece since it’s located smack dab on the beach.

The Tides is the tallest Art Deco hotel on the strip, and be sure to keep an eye out for The Celino South Beach Hotel, a hip hangout for popular Hollywood celebrities such as Carole Lombard, Clark Gable and Rita Hayworth.

Each of these properties are worth a mention, as their oceanfront pastel buildings, filled with historic Miami prestige, tastefully mix retro ascetics with modern amenities.

Take a Tour Around Miami’s Art Deco District

The Art Deco Welcome Center is THE place to visit for all historical and art inspired questions.

If you’ve never been to Miami (or if you just want to learn more about your hip Florida town) this is your first stop. They are known to give away helpful handouts such as maps, pamphlets and expert golden nuggets of knowledge from the local historians onsite.

Daily they offer a variety of tours, so that any age group (and even the most introverted of personalities) can comfortably learn more about this magnificently bright district.

The Art Deco Welcome Center is open 7 days a week, providing visiting guests an extensive array of options from fun-filled activities to informational services:

  • Art Deco Walking Tour: The Miami Design Preservation League, which runs the Welcome Center, offers several tours of Miami Beaches historic infrastructures.
  • Self-guided Audio Tour: This do-it-yourself tour lets you view Miami at leisure, turning the streets into a self-explanatory museum. The tour’s offered in 10 languages, allowing anyone to tour Miami’s Art without distractions.
  • Ocean Drive and Beyond Tour: Offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays, this tour will take you around the district teaching the difference of Miami’s Art Deco influence versus Mediterranean Revival.
  • Art Deco District Up-to-Date Tour: Listen up night owls, this tour’s for you! Each Thursday, groups depart at 6:30 p.m. to whisk tourists around town, visiting architecturally famous local hot spots along the way.

These wonderful excursions are all around $20 and offer an in-depth look into Miami’s Historical Art Deco architecture. Keep in mind, even if touring doesn’t toot your horn, the Center offers educational lectures, films, and museum exhibits.

The Art Deco District of South Beach Miami is the Place to Be

Colorful buildings aren’t the only enticing factor about the Art Deco District, you’ll find the people residing here just as vibrant. Miami’s Art District is loaded with fun times, retro scenery, festive local (and fine) art, funky boutiques and antique stores that scream vintage heaven.

Fun fact, fashion designer extraordinaire, Giovanni Versace resided here. He lived in a posh Spanish-style mansion; The Villa Casa Casuarina off Ocean Drive. Thus if a famous designer like Versace deemed Art Deco beautiful enough to be constantly surrounded by, I’d say it’s obviously worth experiencing the district’s vibrant essence!

Come out and witness the retro artistic style that embodies Miami. Put on those creative shades and look at the fabulously bright culture around you.

You won’t want to miss this.

Schedule a Tour of Museo Vault Today

Museo Vault is the premier provider of art storage and related services in South Florida. Highly skilled artists with years of knowledge and experience make up most of our team. We’re prepared to not only handle your art with care but also answer any questions you may have about the transportation or storage process.

Beyond storage, Museo Vault offers installation, packaging, domestic and international shipping, collection management, insurance, white glove moving, appraisals, restoration, and more.

Contact us today or call at 305-751-1175 to learn more about our services or schedule a tour.

Wine Tasting in Miami

Wine Tasting in Miami – the Best Local Wine Tasting Events This Summer

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With the days getting longer, summertime is the ideal time of year to add some enjoyable, seasonal activities into your schedule.

Fortunately, Miami and South Beach have no shortage of summer events to cater to the fine tastes of residents and visitors alike.

If you’re a lover of all things fine – fine art, wine, and food, for example – Miami offers a plethora of events to meet your desires.

From wine tasting in Miami to the Miami Food and Wine Festival, this is the place to come to explore new flavors and experiences.

Experience the Very Best of Miami and South Beach: 6 Food and Wine Events in Miami

One of the main wine events here is the Food Network’s South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Although this year’s event has already taken place, the dates for next year have been set. Be sure to mark your calendars for Feb 20-24, 2019.

Of course, you’re not limited to this food and wine festival. Miami and South Beach have a lot to offer, especially this summer.

Here’s just a taste of what wine connoisseurs like yourself can find this summer.

Wine Tasting

1. Vineyard to Beach: “A Red, White and Sparkling” Summer Wine Tasting Series

This is one of the premier wine events in Miami. It’s hosted by Malibu Farm Miami Beach restaurant, which has been described as the “epitome of laid-back luxury.”

Located within the Eden Roc Hotel, the venue offers breathtaking ocean views, and has a light and airy, yet sophisticated, atmosphere.

During the summer months, Malibu Farm Miami Beach presents the Miami wine tasting series: Vineyard to Beach: “A Red, White and Sparkling” Summer Wine Tasting Series.

During the event, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of not just one prestigious winery in Miami, but multiple wineries that cater to discerning connoisseurs.

The goal of this series is to educate as well as entice. The tours will be led by industry experts so that you can gain an even deeper knowledge of the best wines Miami has to offer.

The series runs every Saturday from July 7 to August 4, with each day being spent at a different winery in Miami.

Wine Tasting

2. Florida Wine Academy Presents: Grape to Glass

How would you like to take your wine expertise to the next level?

If that appeals to you, then you should buy tickets for a summer wine course offered by the Florida Wine Academy.

The class will take place on June 27. The course lasts about two-and-a-half hours. During this time, you’ll learn about the characteristics of five types of wines. You’ll learn about the grape itself, as well as the climate in which it was grown and how each affects the flavor of the final product.

You’ll also learn how to make the best food and wine pairings.

Wine at Steakhouse

3. The Forge Restaurant & Wine Bar on Miami Beach

If you prefer a night out on the town instead of attending a specific event, you need to find a restaurant that caters to your high-class tastes and palate.

How would you feel about going to a restaurant recommended by a  multi-Michelin Star chef?

French chef Daniel Boulud lives and works in NYC, but he makes frequent trips to Miami. One of his favorite places to eat is The Forge.

This high-end steakhouse has an extensive wine cellar which houses millions of dollars of wine. And the food is pretty fantastic.

Another perk of spending an evening at The Forge: The A-list clientele. Enjoy some people watching as you sip from the restaurant’s incredible wine collection.

Wine Tasting

4. “Farm to Farm” Five-Course Dinner with Chefs Phillip Bryant and Veronica Valdivia

Do you like the idea of dining at a private estate? Then next summer, you should definitely attend the “Farm to Farm” dinner that was held in June this year at Estancia Culinaria.

Described as casual yet elegant, Estancia Culinaria is a favorite venue for special events, like weddings and receptions.

On June 29, the private estate hosted a five-course dinner prepared by chefs Phillip Bryant and Veronica Valdivia.

The chefs created a meal made only of fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients.

Brenda Poo, a renowned wine consultant, was on-hand as well. She selected the wine pairings for each course and explained each pairing in depth.

Miami Ocean Avenue Wine Tour

5. Miami Beach Food and Art Deco Walking Tour

If you’d like to get up close and personal with the local art scene, all while enjoying some of the best food Florida has to offer, you should definitely take advantage of the Miami Beach Food and Art Deco Walking Tour.

This is a three-hour tour through South Beach. You’ll get to sample food and drinks from five of the best restaurants in South Beach.

Along the tour, you’ll hear live samba music and get to explore the gorgeous art deco architecture that South Beach is famous for.

Create Your Own Miami Wine Tasting and Art Show Event with Museo Vault Company

At Museo Vault, we love the finer things in life, too. That’s why we offer exceptional services to protect some of your most valued possessions: your art.

But that’s not all we offer to our valued customers. We also offer the opportunity to host your very own art show and wine tasting in Miami.

In our exhibition room, we will create a customized viewing experience. We can set up your artwork like an exhibit you’d see in an art gallery. Or, we can put your artwork on display in an auction-like setting so that you can sell some of your pieces to private buyers.

During your event, you can serve a full meal to your guests or have an hors d’oeuvres and wine bar.

We will ensure that your art is safe and secure.

Our exhibition area is the perfect setting to put your fine art on display to share with the world. Add some of the best wine Miami has to offer and your event will be one of the best your guests have ever experienced.

Are you interested in hosting an art exhibit and wine tasting event? Contact us to schedule a tour of our exhibition room and find out more about how we can help make your event unforgettable.

Hurricane and Palm Trees

Hurricane Season 2018 Is Going to Be Intense: Are You Ready?

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Hurricane season begins in just a few more days. Are you ready for it?

Hurricane preparedness is vital to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your valuables, including any fine art you may possess.

What can you expect during the upcoming six-month hurricane season? And how can you protect your valuable works of art?

Hurricane Season 2018: What We Can Expect

Hurricane Preparedness

Last year, we saw one of the most devastating hurricanes in the history of the U.S., hurricane Irma. This was one of 10 hurricanes in 2017. Six of them – including Irma – were considered major. Winds from Irma gusted over 180 miles per hour, the result of which killed 44 people.

And as of September 2017, Time magazine reported that the financial cost of Irma would exceed $290 billion, the highest cost of hurricane damage in the U.S. to date.

This year, hurricane season 2018 is gearing up to be even worse. Some forecasters predict at least seven storms, three of which could be classified as major, with winds gusting over 111 miles per hour.

Meteorologists also predict that things could possibly be even worse since they don’t anticipate a particularly strong El Niño this year.

Besides the strong winds and rain, forecasters and residents know that hurricane preparedness isn’t always easy because hurricanes aren’t always predictable.

While we can track the storms, we still don’t know exactly where they’ll make landfall. Forecasters could predict that a hurricane will land on the east coast, when the storm suddenly shifts to the left and makes landfall more to the west than expected.

This is definitely something we saw last year. And while it showed that we can’t always be 100% prepared, we can still take steps to protect our valuables from a hurricane.

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness – What You Can Do to Protect Fine Art from Weather

What can you do to protect fine art from weather this hurricane season? When preparing for a hurricane, we recommend taking the following steps.

1. Document What You Have and Get an Appraisal

Hurricane preparedness includes an evaluation of your valuables.

Take pictures of all your valuable pieces of art and get them appraised. They may have gone up in value over time and you want to make sure your insurance covers the true cost of the pieces.

2. Secure Your Art Within Your Home

If you choose to keep your artwork in your home this hurricane season, make sure you store it properly.

Valuables should be stored in rooms toward the center of the home, away from outside walls, doors, and windows. Even the attic isn’t necessarily safe during a hurricane because the winds and rain can damage the roof.

Make sure art on the walls is properly secured, and anything you take off of the walls should be wrapped in protective plastic and placed at least three inches off of the ground.

If you have artwork in your outdoor space, bring it inside. If that’s not possible, cover them with thick blankets (like moving blankets) and make sure they’re securely in place.

3. Make Sure Your Valuables Are Insured

Insurance is a great way to protect yourself financially, especially if you’ve invested in expensive pieces of art. You might even be able to ask your insurance company to send someone out to prepare your home so that your art is safe.

However, it’s important to note that insurance only protects the monetary value of the piece. Fine art is, essentially, irreplaceable. Maybe what you have is a one-of-a-kind piece. Or you simply fell in love with an artist and invested in their beautiful works.

No amount of financial compensation can cover those losses. That’s why it’s vital to take steps now, before hurricane season 2018, to protect fine art from weather.

4. Store Your Fine Art When a Hurricane Threatens Your Home

Even if you follow every step to secure and protect your art, your home might not be as impenetrable from the forces of a hurricane as you would like.

Thankfully, there is another option for protecting valuables from a hurricane – fine art storage with Museo Vault.

Museovault Hurricane Proof

How Museo Vault Can Protect Valuables from a Hurricane – Our Track Record

Any storage facility can claim they’ll protect your art, but we have a track record of doing so.

While many homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed during hurricane Irma’s fierce attack on Florida, there were many that survived.

One of them was the Museo Vault facility. The reason for this is due to the fact that our facility has been built to withstand hurricanes, just like most fine art buildings, like the Perez Art Museum in Miami.

To protect fine art from weather, we have installed gas generators to maintain the temperature and humidity of the facility. We also made sure to build this facility 18 feet above sea level, which protects the building and all its valuable contents from storm surges.

We’ve also taken steps to ensure that the building can withstand a category 5 hurricane, with wind gusts of over 157 miles per hour.

Storing your precious artwork at Museo Vault will give you peace of mind this hurricane season.

Start Preparing Now to Protect Your Valuables

A lot of people put off until tomorrow what they can and should do today. They think they have more important things to take care of and that they’ll get to everything else at some point down the line.

The problem with this is that they never seem to get to certain things, like finding a way to protect valuables from a hurricane.

Your artwork is an important investment. Not only is it valuable from a monetary standpoint – it’s emotionally valuable as well.

There was something about the pieces you’ve collected over the years that spoke to you, something that intrigued you enough to purchase them. They mean something to you.

And if they’re lost in a hurricane, that loss can be financially – as well as emotionally – devastating.

Take some time to do something to protect your valuables now, before the 2018 hurricane season hits its peak.

Would you like to learn more about our facility and our fine art packing and crating services? Contact us today to schedule a tour, during which we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.

How Google is Making Fine Art Accessible and Fun

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One of the wonders of living in an age where information is at your fingertips is the way online companies like Google are making fine arts and culture accessible to anyone with the ability to connect to the internet.

In an effort to inform, educate, stimulate, and inspire, Google has transformed the world’s arts and culture scene into a smorgasbord of creativity, history, and information you can access from nearly anywhere in the world.

Try Google Arts & Culture for a Personal Tour of the World’s Greatest Artwork

How Google is Making Fine Art Accessible and Fun

The Google Arts and Culture homepage offers everyone with a mobile device or desktop computer high-resolution images of famous artworks, glimpses into artists’ private lives, online tours of museums all across the globe, and even a way to explore famous cultural sites like the Pyramids at Giza.

But there’s even more than paintings and places being served up on Google’s art/culture site. The programmers and developers’ complex understanding of information technology also brings you information as diverse as:

  • Views of traditional Korean clothing,
  • A lesson on Ogasawara-Ryu Origata wrapping,
  • Ways to discover street art in locations around the world,
  • Lessons about Contemporary Art in general; and
  • Visits to local and regional galleries.

Google’s technology allows users to create personalized educational opportunities using a variety of tools and resources—including audio and video sources—as well as a way to curate and share favorite places, paintings, and cultural experiences.

Providing access to worldwide arts and cultural resources helps to:

  • Increase everyone’s access to art,
  • Inspire visits to real-life museums and landmarks,
  • Complement visits to real-life galleries with educational and informational additions; and
  • Provide maps online to help museums and galleries save money on printed items.

Google is committed to bringing the value of arts and culture home to everyone on the planet.

By collaborating not only with institutions, but also tech and creative communities, Google is constantly finding new ways to allow everyone to experience art and culture in the most immersive and meaningful ways possible.

Visit the Great Museums of the World from Your Desk with Google Museum

Visit the Great Museums of the World from Your Desk with Google Museum

You don’t have to leave your home to stroll past the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum or take the winding art-lined spiral ramp of the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Google brings the color, drama, and glory of over 2,000 of the world’s museums right to your computer. Some of the most widely-accessed museums include:

  • Musée d’Orsay, Paris
  • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
  • Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence
  • MASP, São Paulo
  • National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

With thousands of tours and pieces of artwork to see, you could spend days immersed in art and culture from the comfort of your easy chair.

The Google Art Project—Taking Art to the Next Level

The Google Art Project—Taking Art to the Next Level

Leave it to Google to compile the most fascinating pieces of art in startling detail. The Art Project is sorted by the artists’ names, museums, countries, cities, and collections.

There are more than 45,000 artworks in the project that are available in high resolution.

Many have been photographed using gigapixel photo capturing technology, which allows viewers to see the actual brushstrokes on a Van Gogh or the subtle patina on the Mona Lisa—things that cannot be seen with even the naked eye.

A gigapixel image is composed of an astonishing one billion pixels. To put that in perspective, that’s 1000 times the image resolution of a 1-megapixel digital camera.

Street View Steps Inside for a Museum Experience Beyond Reality

Street View Steps Inside for a Museum Experience Beyond Reality

Google Street View just moved indoors. Now you can view iconic sites like the Taj Mahal, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, or the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow in stunning 360-degree views.

In fact, there are inside views for over 2,000 museums around the world, although, if you’re in Miami, you’ll have to visit the old-fashioned way since Google has no local museums from the Miami area in its collection.

Put 1,200 Museums in Your Pocket with the Google Art and Culture App

Put 1,200 Museums in Your Pocket with the Google Art and Culture App

The Google Art and Culture App gives you up close and personal access to over 1,200 museums in 70 countries around the globe.

The app allows users to not only view artworks and museums through virtual tours and high-resolution images, but you can also:

  • Find museums near your location, anywhere in the world.
  • Use the Google Art Recognizer to take a photo of an artwork in real life to learn more about it.
  • Receive updates on news in the world of arts and culture.
  • Save your favorite images to curate your personal art collection.
  • Easily translate information on any exhibit in the world into your native language.
  • Browse artwork by color or time period.

With all this power at the touch of a button, it’s no wonder the Arts and Culture app has been so well-received—not only among students, educators, and art-lovers—but among the population at large.

Curate Your Own Art Collection with Museo Vault

Curate Your Own Art Collection with Museo Vault

If you have a personal collection of objets d’art or paintings, you’ll want to protect them with state-of-the-art technology. Museo Vault offers a spectrum of services to address all your art-related needs. A sample of our offerings include:

  • High-tech security
  • Category 5 hurricane protection
  • System redundancy
  • UV protection

If you want to exhibit your treasures, Museo Vault can provide a space customized for your needs with dimmable spotlights and 600 square feet of viewing room in addition to video monitoring and magnetic locked doors for increased security.

Need to move your artwork?

Let us handle that for you with museum-quality packing and crating, climate-controlled transport, and relationships with the highest-quality fine art shippers in the world.

Schedule a tour of our state-of-the-art facility or request a quote for quality art storage, display, and protection services.

Museum Admission

Miami Art Museums Free Admission Days

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As you’ve visited any art museums over the past year or so, you’ve probably noticed the prices have changed.

Unfortunately, many formerly free museums in Miami and around the country started charging admission. Many other museums have increased their prices to keep up with operating costs.

However, not everyone can afford to pay these admission fees. And if you want to bring the entire family? Forget it.

Don’t worry, there’s some good news.

Museum curators have figured out a way to make enough money from art museum admission while still keeping the venue accessible: free museum day or special rates.

It’s a win-win.

Here’s what you need to know about updated art museum admission fees and how to find free museums in Miami.

Why Are Art Museum Admission Fees Rising?

Keeping an art museum open is no small feat. Many people may not realize how much daily operation actually costs. Curators have to budget for several factors:

  • Rent for the facility itself
  • Purchasing art work
  • Transporation and storage costs
  • Facility renovations and updating exhibits
  • Salaries for staff members
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Utilities for the climate-controlled facility
  • Additional amenities and services like beverages and security

Exhibits alone can cost a fortune. The Smithsonian, for example, spends $90,000 per art exhibit on average –  $41 million total.  Although most museums don’t have art quite like the Smithsonian, they don’t bring in the same amount in revenue either.

Musuems had to make a choice: raise admission fees or face closure.

Of course, no one wants to close their museum.

“Free Museum Day” and Other Alternatives

Writers, curators, and patrons have thrown around various ideas for keeping museums accessible to the general public.

Some argue that curators should sell their stored artwork to cover operating costs. For curators, this is not an ideal solution.

Instead, many curators have decided to make their museums free. Okay, not completely free all of the time, but rather a “free museum day” once per week or month. This ensures artwork stays accessible to the general public while still maintaining operating costs.

In addition to free museum day, many facilities offer free admission or discounted prices to:

  • Teachers
  • Senior citizens
  • Military personnel
  • Students
  • EBT card holders

Miami Bay of Pigs Museum

How to Find Free Museums Today

Now that you know about this, you’re probably wondering “are there any free museums near me?” Or “where can I find free museums today?”

Below you’ll find free museums in Miami for every day of the week. Some are free every day, some offer one free day per week or month, and others offer special discounts to different segments of the population.

Now, you and your entire family can find free museums when you’re ready to get out of the house for some fun.

Free Museums Near Me – All Day, Every Day

Bay of Pigs Museum: The Bay of Pigs Museum is always open to the public. This museum commemorates the failed CIA-backed invasion of Cuba.

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum: This huge museum is always free to the public and open year-round so the entire family can enjoy dozens of exhibits any day of the week. The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum also offers several workshops and events to keep you busy.

MDC Museum & Galleries of Art + Design: MDC is located on the Miami Dade College campus. After a year of renovations, this museum is ready to reopen with visually stimulating exhibits and interesting aesthetics.

Museum of Contemporary Art: The Museum of Contemporary Art isn’t free for adults, but it only costs $5. It’s on the “free museums today” list because city employees, veterans, North Miami residents, and kids under 12 always get in free of charge. Plus, they offer a $3 student discount.

Institute of Contemporary Art: Thanks to sustaining memberships, the Institute of Contemporary Art is free every single day. Just make sure to reserve your tickets online ahead of time.

Jewish Museum of Florida

Free Museums in Miami on Select Days

These museums in Miami offer free days at their discretion.

  • Bass Museum of Art: Free the last Sunday of each month and kids under six are always free.
  • Gold Coast Railroad Museum: Free the last Saturday of each month except for March due to special events. Free admission for kids under two.
  • HistoryMiami: Free on the second Saturday each month. Kids are always free. Veterans get in free all summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
  • Jewish Museum of Florida: Free admission every Saturday. Kids under six never get charged admission.
  • Lowe Art Museum: The first Tuesday each month is donation-only admission. Kids get free admission.
  • Miami Children’s Museum: Free admission on the third Friday of each month.
  • Wolfsonian-FIU Art Museum: Every Friday after 6:00 is a free-for-all and kids are always free.

Discounted or Free Museum Admission Through the Museum Pass Program

The Museum Pass Program allows Miami residents to “check out” passes from their local library. These passes grant entry to a family of four into one of the participating museums for free. You can only check one pass out at a time and numbers are limited to avoid overloading the museums.

Participating museums include: The Bass, Coral Gables Museum, The Curtiss Mansion, Deering Estate, Fruit & Spice Park, HistoryMiami Museum, Jewish Museum of Florida, Lowe Art Museum, Miami Children’s Museum, Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum, Perez Art Museum, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Zoo Miami, and The Wolfsonian-FIU.

Have fun!

Schedule a Tour of Museo Vault Today

Museo Vault is the premier provider of art storage and related services in South Florida. Highly skilled artists with years of knowledge and experience make up most of our team. We’re prepared to not only handle your art with care but also answer any questions you may have about the transportation or storage process.

Beyond storage, Museo Vault offers installation, packaging, domestic and international shipping, collection management, insurance, white glove moving, appraisals, restoration, and more.

Contact us today or call at 305-751-1175 to learn more about our services or schedule a tour.

Highlights of Miami Art Week 2017

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Miami Art Week 2017 included more than 20 fairs at a variety of locations.

Between galleries, outdoor displays, concerts, and parties, there was no shortage of events to absorb the art, stimulate the mind, and mingle with art lovers from around the world.

Did you miss Miami Art Week this year?

Never fear: we have all the highlights from Art Basel Miami and other can’t-miss events right here.

Everything You Missed at Miami Art Week 2017

This year’s Miami Art Week was packed with excitement, emotion, and new experiences.

Hurricane survivors shared their stories, inspiration and tragedy struck artists, and a gallery got a new permanent home. Artwork across the board seemed to magnify personal struggles and social issues plaguing society.

Vibrant colors and young artists full of life filled the streets and galleries, breathing new life into Miami Art Week this year.

From sculptures, to paintings, to emotional stories, here’s a recap of everything you missed. Next time you’re in town, don’t forget to check out the Miami Art District for your art-fix.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami Gets a New Home

Miami Art Week 2017 served as a showcase for ICA Miami’s new home. The ICA plans for this location to become a hub for not only regional but international artwork and expression.

Upstairs you could find “The Everywhere Studio” curated by Alex Gartenfeld and Stephanie Seidel. This installation provides documentation of impressive works ranging from classic artists, such as Pablo Picasso, to emerging names, like Avery Singer.

The first floor includes artwork built into the building construction, such as a bubbling faucet from Robert Gober as well as mysterious veiled paintings by Senga Nengudi.

Winner of the Ellen DeGeneres Design Challenge Takes Her Work to the Next Level

People throughout the art community and beyond know Katie Stout for her eyeball rugs which earned her the winning spot in the Ellen DeGeneres Design Challenge.

At this year’s art week, Stout kicked things up a notch to showcase her deeper and more advanced skill. Her installment titled “Narcissus” intended to break the idea that women are fragile flowers. To do this, Stout portrayed women in rigid sculpture form with vibrant colors.

Stout encouraged patrons to touch – and even sit on – some of the sculptures.

Puerto Rican Artists Showcase Work Amid Storm Recovery

A contingent of Puerto Rican artists made their way to Miami this year to represent the plight of their nation following hurricane Maria.

Over 1,000 people died on the island during this devastating natural disaster. Suddenly, the artists were forced into a role they didn’t ask for: representing an entire country’s perseverance and tragedy.

Many of the artists were invited to participate in a residency program six months before Hurricane Maria touched ground. Once the event occurred, their role became more important than ever.

Cuban Artists Celebrate Art Basel Miami 2017 Success – Hours Later, Tragedy Strikes

Cuban artists Juan Salazar Salas and Pedro Valerino celebrated a successful exhibit in front of a massive crowd at Art Basel Miami 2017.

When they got in their car on the night of December 10th, they never expected tragedy to strike.

Salas was driving on Interstate 95 when he pulled over to check on his passengers when another vehicle hit their car. Medics rushed Valerino to the hospital where he required emergency brain surgery to remove fluid – he remains in the hospital. Salas died in the accident leaving behind a wife and young daughter.

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Welcomes Thousands of People at an Exclusive Event

This lively musical event made a splash at the Pérez Art Museum Miami which hosted nearly 5,000 guests. VIPs flocked to the event which hosted DJ Maseo of De La Soul and Young Paris among others.

But it wasn’t all music.

Outdoors, guests traversed an interesting display by La Croix and Kim Crawford that included interactive artwork and an unforgettable view of Biscayne Bay.

Pulse in Miami Art District Highlights Personal Struggles

Pulse is a long-term mainstay in Miami Art Week festivals. Patrons can always count on this gallery for direct and thought-provoking work on real-life events.

This year, in Miami Art District, Pulse highlighted personal struggles – very personal struggles. The most talked-about piece included a crystal kitchen set from the artist’s own grandmother.

Inside this set, titled “Fertility,” artist Fischer Cherry added syringes and pill bottles to express her own struggle with infertility treatment.

Young Artists Breathe Life and Excitement into Art Basel Miami

Art Basel Miami has provided young artists with an outlet, via their Nova gallery, for a long time. This year, young and fresh artists added vibrant colors and excitement to the mix.

Artists also touched on social issues. At the Pilar Corias booth, you could find the work of young painter Tschabalala Self who highlighted gender nuances.

Consider Museo Vault Fine Art Storage and Transportation for Your Next Miami Art Show

Museo Vault is a fine art storage facility located in Miami and serves most of South Florida. In addition to storage, we provide white-glove transportation and installation for pieces or collections.

As a full-service facility, we also offer a variety of specialty services including:

  • Delicate packing and crating: This ensures your art arrives safely and according to precise specifications.
  • Art restoration and care: Our professional relationships make us a one-stop-shop for all your art needs.
  • Management services for your growing collection: Taking inventory, recording information, snapping photographs, and creating condition reports.

We treat each piece as if it were our own, so you can rest assured that your fine art is in the best hands. Art curators like Art Basel Miami, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Whitney Museum trust Museo Vault with their transportation and installation needs.

Whether you’re moving, completing home renovations, hosting events, changing galleries, or even facing a natural disaster, we’re here to assist you (yes, even during hurricanes). Contact Museo Vault today for a quote or call at (305) 751-1175.

Miami Storm

Art Survives Through the Centuries, But Can It Outlast Stormy Weather?

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Can an art collection survive the storm of the century?

Hurricane Irma rolled into the Florida coast on September 10, bringing with it powerful winds upward of 130 mph. It battered the beloved Florida Keys- a category 4 storm that forever changed the hearts, minds, and lives of those who experienced it.

Homes were destroyed. Cars were unwillingly relocated. Docks were smashed. Iconic buildings and tourist attractions were in jeopardy of becoming memories. If a storm so powerful could cause billions of dollars in property damage, then valuable art collections could easily be among the casualties.

But as some have already noted, carefully planned art storage facilities and museums became an unsung hero amid Hurricane Irma’s carnage.

Pérez Art Museum Miami

The Surprising Survivors in Hurricane Irma’s Destructive Path

While many homes, offices, and other structures were unrecognizable after the storm, most of the giant outdoor statues decorating tourist attractions were still largely intact.

News reports noted that two large conch shell statues, one at Shell World in Key Largo and the other at Theater of the Sea in Islamorada, emerged from the storm completely unscathed.

The Rain Barrel Village’s iconic lobster statue in Islamorada was completely unchanged.

The Kiss, a 25-foot, 15,000-pound statue outside of the Key West Custom House Museum remained as strong and tall as ever.

Art lovers rejoiced upon learning Miami’s Perez Art Museum, one of the city’s most iconic museums, had not only weathered the storm well, but was arguably one of the safest places to be in the city.

The Perez Art Museum was designed to be hurricane proof, and it passed the Irma test with flying colors. By the time the storm had moved north, the building had sustained no damage and no flooding. The hurricane-resistant windows remained sealed, and there was no leaking from the roof. Many of the museum staff members chose to ride out the storm inside, knowing they’d be safer there than potentially anywhere else.

Unfortunately, not every art collection survived the storm. Many people leave their valuable art in their homes while they’re away for a season. Homes that were flooded or damaged may have also lost their art collection investment. But this storm only reiterates the importance of including fine art protection in your investment.

Museo Vault Hurricane Proof

Museo Vault Was Built for Hurricane-Proof Storage

As an art storage facility, Museo Vault recognizes the importance of being prepared for every situation. Just like the Perez Art Museum Miami, Museo Vault was built to withstand hurricanes and other disasters, and Hurricane Irma proved it.

Museo Vault is backed by gas generators and multiple mechanical systems that will maintain consistent temperature and humidity to keep your art collection safe. The interior lighting uses UV filters to limit harmful exposure to your priceless art. The facility was built 18 feet above sea level to protect against storm surges. Its construction can withstand a Category 5 hurricane, as well as offering high-level fire detection and dry-pipe fire suppression to combat fires without risking your investment.

In short, the building is designed to keep art safe through perilous storms, and it did its job. Because of Museo Vault’s fine art storage details, art investors and fans alike are still able to enjoy the same beautiful works that existed before Hurricane Irma ravaged the area.

Museo Vault Art Storage

How Museo Vault Can Protect Your Art Collection Investment

A hurricane is not the only threat to your art collection, nor is hurricane-proof storage the only benefit Museo Vault offers.

Museo Vault Fine Art Storage and Transportation

As a full-service fine art storage facility, we provide white-glove transportation and installation for your art collection. Our professional fleet of vehicles left no detail unturned, offering climate control, air-ride suspension, and lift gates. Whether you’re moving into a new home or bringing in a new art collection, we can help you safely move your pieces to your location and allow them to arrive in pristine condition. Once we arrive with your artwork, we treat it as if it were our own to ensure each piece is installed safely and correctly.

Packing and Crating

When your art is ready for storage, we delicately pack and crate each item according to specifications, offering museum-quality results to protect your investment. We also offer insurance to guarantee safe storage of your precious pieces.

Art Restoration and Care

Museo Vault has built relationships with professionals who specialize in total art restoration, conservation, and art appraisals, making us a unique one-stop shop you can rely on for your art collection.

Art Collection Management Services

Finally, we offer complete art collection management services. If your collection is growing, having a detailed inventory can prove helpful in knowing what’s in your collection and information on each piece’s condition. Our additional art collection management services include high-resolution photographs and cursory condition reports.

Art Basel Miami Beach, the world’s largest art fair, trusts Museo Vault to install its outdoor sculpture segment in front of the Bass Museum of Art. We’ve been called upon to build and pack crates for The Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum, to name a few. Our clients have relied upon our facilities during home renovations, construction projects, gallery changes, art events, and yes, even during hurricanes and other disasters.

There’s truly no safer place for your art collection than with a company as dedicated to protecting your investment as you are.

While the recent hurricane season has ended, there’s always a possibility another storm will make landfall in the next season. It’s in your best interest to have a plan in mind to avoid being one of the individuals whose art collection didn’t survive last September’s history-making disaster.

Contact Museo Vault today to learn how you can ensure your art collection can weather any type of weather with a safe, convenient, hurricane proof storage solution.

An Inside Look at the Rubell Family Collection

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Though little-known outside of the well-defined circle of the Miami art district, the Rubell Family Collection is responsible for much of Miami’s extensive arts and culture scene. To date, it owns its reputation as the collection to inspire the migration of Miami’s biggest art festivals and event, the Art Basel, to its now historic home. Despite putting Miami on the map as a legendary art destination, the Rubell Family Collection is still considered a beloved miami museum for other reasons–namely its breathtaking collection of painting, sculptures, and video art and gigantic, 40,000 volume library of artwork available for loan.

Of course, the gallery is not without its hint of mystery. It’s now located in the heart of the Miami Wynwood Design District in what was once a DEA warehouse. Its exhibitions cycle through the least privileged among the art world: women, people of color, and every intersection in between. Critics and artists alike can lose themselves in the facility’s seemingly endless library of new and legendary work. And of course, the gallery is still maintained under the watchful eyes of its eponymous family, Mera and Don Rubell, and their children, Jason and Jennifer.

The Rubell Collection spans over fifty years of Miami art history in its 45,000 square foot facility and with the dedicated service of the Rubell Family, its presence in the Miami art district will continue to grow. Even now, the gallery is planning yet another move from its home in Miami Art District to the budding Allapattah District in December 2018. Guests interested in Miami art culture at its very core, as well as the burgeoning beginnings of the art district that now demonstrates it, will still have time to pay simple visit to the Rubell Collection before the big excursion for a homegrown lesson in art, history, and everything in between.

This article will cover the history and influence of the Rubell Family Collection in the modern Miami Art District.

Background of the Rubell Family Collection

The earliest version of the Rubell Family Collection was established in 1960s New York by its original founds, Mera and Don Rubell. The couple simply started collecting art on a budget of $25 per month. With time, their collection became the foundation for the careers of many significant contemporary artists, including Jean Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Until 1993, the growing Rubell Collection could be found in New York, until the couple made the call to relocate to Miami, citing the emergence of Miami’s historic art festival, Art Basel, as one of their inspirations. A year later, the Rubells and their son Jason founded the Contemporary Arts Foundation to expand “the mission of the Rubell Family Collection.”

Once a year, the Rubell Collection curates a major exhibition from its collection with an accompanying catalogue. Other smaller exhibitions are curated and sent out to tour other museums around the world several times a year, as the Rubell Collection makes frequent loans. Rubell Collection-curated exhibitions have appeared in the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.

In addition to curating exhibitions and a loan program, the Contemporary Arts Foundation regularly maintains an internship program and ongoing lecture series. It currently holds a partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools that offers thousands of students the opportunity to visit and engage with the foundation and the collection every year.

What Makes the Rubell Family Collection Unique

As one of Miami’s oldest and largest collections, the Rubell Family Collection has orchestrated a number of critically praised, financially successful exhibits–most of which are themed. Any casual onlooker of the Rubell Collection’s current and past exhibitions will notice a clear categorization for every collection: African-American Artists, women, Chinese artists, or artists of a specific media.

Because the Rubell Collection can merely select from its extensive catalog to build exhibits, it’s understandably easy for the gallery to execute its exhibitions months in advance while it continues to purchase new and relevant art. Exhibitions like Thirty Americans, which debuted at the gallery of 2008 as a collection of thirty African-American artists, can provide a wider range of art from celebrated artist types and provide a comprehensive look into the timelines and history of little known or underappreciated artists, genres, and mediums.

Because the Rubell Family are considered the trendsetters of Miami Art Culture, they can maintain incredible influence over the Miami art world in beyond. Categorized exhibits have since gained popularity in order parts of the Wynwood Art District, and the Rubells’ specific curations can be found at other museums on a loan.

Notable Works of Art in the Rubell Collection

Some of the Rubell Family Collection “categorized curations” include No Man’s Land, an exhibit comprised of solely women artists, both new and fully established. Cognizant of female artists’ obstacles to building an art career, the exhibit features newer, smaller artists with easily recognizable names like Jenny Holzer and Marlene Dumas. Every genre of medium of art – from painting to video to sculpture was featured in the May 2016 exhibit.

Another exhibit, entitled the Red Eye (named of the cross-country flight between New York and Los Angeles), only features Los Angeles artists and their work. Another exhibit, Video Art in Latin America, only showcases video artists from the continent’s most vibrant art destinations for a 3 month showing.

Son and family buyer Jason Rubell once exhibited his own art collection in his family gallery as part of his college thesis in Duke University in 1991. From the age of 13 to 21, Rubell collected treasured art of his own, to which he promptly displayed as a candid look into the styles and popular genres of the 1980s, where he first became involved in the gallery.

Smaller “project rooms” were also dedicated to work of a singular artist, showcasing the efforts of names like Jim Lambie, Andrea Lehman, and Keith Haring.

After 50 years of hand crafting Miami art culture, the Rubell Family Collection remains as one of the city’s biggest and most impressive galleries since its foundation. As the Rubell Family itself continues to expand – Don and Mera sport five grandchildren with budding interest in art history – so will the exhibitions and showcases of an incredibly forward-thinking gallery.

Art curators and appreciators around the world will surely find the Rubell Family Collection to be a valuable asset to Miami no matter where it may be located. Until its move in December 2018, consider a visit to the Rubell Family Collection a treasured opportunity to discover artists or genres that have been lost – and those not yet found.

Margulies Collection

An Inside Look at the Exquisite Margulies Collection

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Located in the historic Wynwood Arts District of Miami, the Margulies Collection is a testament to Miami’s vibrant arts and culture scene. Its place as one of Miami’s oldest and most influential galleries is shared among curators, critics and artists alike in the collection’s nearly 30-year history. Art historians and art lovers will find a simple walkthrough of the Margulies Collection – now home in its 45,000-square foot retrofitted warehouse – to be a distinct journey through Miami’s own history and culture–as well as the vision of renowned collector and real estate developer Martin Margulies.

Margulies’ advocacy for art education has since transformed the Margulies Collection from a simple gallery to a famed resource for the study of visual arts. His legacy has since been realized through the efforts of the Martin Z. Margulies’ Foundation, which funds and operates the collection in addition to onsite workshops and contemporary art classes.

This article will cover the history and influence of the Margulies Collection in the modern Miami Art District:

Background of the Miami Margulies Collection

Margulies Collection

Once the exclusive collection of real estate developer and renowned curator Martin Margulies, part of the Miami Margulies Collection first went public in 1982 with its debut in the sculpture garden of the private island of Grove Isle. The collection quickly became the centerpiece of a budding cultural scene: Miamians from across the city could travel to experience contemporary art not easily accessible to them outside of the city. But growing tension with the island’s management soon threatened the collection, and Margulies moved the majority of his collection to the Florida International University’s main campus in West Miami-Dade in 1998.

The collection soon demanded a bigger space, and was once again relocated to its now-permanent home in the Wynwood District in 1999. Now exclusively curated by Katherine Hinds, the ever-expanding collection is estimated to be worth $800 million.

What Makes the Margulies Collection Unique

Margulies Collection Photography

While the Margulies Collection is certainly notable for its extensive history, its emphasis on sculpture and installations continues to distinguish it from its peers. Most of the art featured in the Collection’s exhibits is contemporary, in collaboration with many “blue-chip artists.”

Additionally, the Collection features an impressive photography collection, often showcasing Margulies personal selection of American photography. So vast was Margulies’ original collection of portraits that the eventual decision was made to relocate to its Warehouse in the Wynwood District. As the child of grocers in Harlem, Margulies himself often connects to portraits of that depict the New York he experienced as a child in the 1940s.

Unlike other collections, the Margulies Collection is entirely self-funded by Margulies through his nonprofit, the Martin Z. Margulies Foundation. The Collection’s Warehouse is run as part of the institution, and offers educational programs, exhibitions, and loans to keep its tax-exempt status. Proceeds from the Warehouse ticket sales and tours are donated to The Lotus House, a local homeless shelter for women and children, and women from the Lotus House are often invited to work at guards at the Warehouse.

Notable Works of Art in the Margulies Collection

Olafur Eliasson’s Your Now is My Surroundings, Margulies Collection

As one of the longest running Miami art collections, there’s no doubt that the Margulies Collection has featured some incredible works of art. However, there are a few select pieces that manage to draw the majority of the Collection’s crowd year after year, like Olafur Eliasson’s Your Now is My Surroundings–a dreamy installation guides visitors up a small flight of stairs outdoors, only to discover walls lined with mirrors and a skylight exposing them to the elements.

For its 15th anniversary, the Margulies Collection acquired Eric Bainbridge’s Occurrence on an Endless Column, an installation that resembled a towering assemblage of oversized pet toys. Nearly a year later, the collection had reinvented itself on the back of Anselm’s Kiefer’s Die Erdzeitalter (Ages of the World), which depicts a frenzy of of wood, metal and stone stacked high enough to reach the ceiling.

One of the Collection’s more recent acquisitions includes John Chamberlain’s Shortstop, an impassive statue in the style of abstract expressionism.

After 30 years of servicing the Miami art community, the Margulies Collection remains as one of the most impressive additions to the region. More than just a building or a gallery, the Margulies Collection represents nearly three decades of advocacy for art education and in support of Miami’s homeless population as yet another way to bridge the gap between what is and is to be experienced.

Art historians, appreciators, and lovers around the world will find the Margulies Collection to be an exciting journey through the history of American contemporary art and Miami’s flourishing art scene.