Miami has no shortage of galleries, museums and cultural institutions – but for some of the most impressive art the city has on offer, the best place to look is the Wynwood Walls. This maze of outdoor murals winds through downtown Miami’s arts district, an area once just occupied by deserted warehouses. The brainchild of late real estate developer Tony Goldman and curator Jeffrey Deitch, this sprawl of urban canvases is one of Miami’s most colorful destinations, with massive murals painted by renowned international street art and graffiti artists like Shepard Fairey, Faile, Os Gemeos, and Maya Hayuk. Plus, this awesome dose of culture is entirely free. So, where to start? Below are a few helpful tips for visiting this street art mecca.
- Drive (and keep your doors locked). The area surrounding the Walls can be shady at times. While the neighborhood is developing, it’s better to err on the side of safety.
- Visit around lunchtime, as the walls are a short walk or drive to some of the art district’s great restaurants, or check out any one of the food trucks you’ll find throughout the streets. Fuel up at one of our favorites, Panther Coffee.
- If you can, go on the second Saturday of each month, when many of the galleries in the area have exhibition openings. What’s better than free art and free wine?
- The actual “Wynwood Walls” central area on 2nd Ave is only open certain times of day. Regardless, this is a good place to start your tour.
- Movie buffs should check out the “Original Gangsta Building” at Florida at 21st Street at NW 1st Court.
- It can take hours to see it all, so either take a beverage break a couple of hours in, or save the rest as an excuse to come back for another visit.
- Make sure your phone is fully charged for photo snapping, or bring a good old fashion camera to capture the adventure.
- The walls are always changing, so this spot can be a regular on your Miami trip itinerary.
And when you’ve had your fill of art for the day, we’ll see you for cocktails at Restaurant Michael Schwartz!