It may surprise some people to learn that there’s a museum dedicated to graffiti art. Located in Miami, Florida, this first-of-its-kind gallery hopes to give people a new appreciation for this vibrant art form.
Fifty years ago, celebrating illegally spray-painted walls and train cars wasn’t even a concept except among the artists making the art. But now, we can enter a museum to view artwork created by global graffiti artists.
For street art fans, visiting the Museum of Graffiti is sure to impress and please the eyes.
Let’s check it out!
About the Museum of Graffiti
Located in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami and established in 2019, the Museum of Graffiti is an impressive display of street art. The gallery celebrates over fifty years of graffiti sprawled across walls around the world.
The displayed exhibits educate visitors about the art form’s history and its emergence in design, fashion, and advertising. In addition to indoor exhibitions, the museum has 11 exterior murals, a fine art gallery, and a top-notch gift shop.
Even the most skeptical person who views graffiti as anything other than art will find something impressive within the museum’s walls. Their collection of vibrant paintings, sculptures, and drawings from artists across the globe is nothing short of spectacular.
Does the Museum of Graffiti Own The Wynwood Walls?
Next door to the Museum of Graffiti is another stunning display of colorful artwork. The Wynwood Walls is one of the world’s largest open-air street art installations.
Started by local community revitalizer Tony Goldman, the Walls is a separate project from the Museum of Graffiti. In 2009, Goldman wanted to transform the rundown Wynwood warehouse district. His idea was to invite well-known artists to paint the walls.
Over 80,000 square feet of walls provide a canvas for artists to showcase their skills. The New York Times, BBC News, and even Forbes featured The Walls in their coverage of the popular Wynwood neighborhood.
Does the Museum Offer Classes?
If you want to try your hand at creating graffiti without the threat of arrest, the museum offers classes every weekend. Spray It Loud teaches adults interested in learning the basics of the art how to do it right. The two-hour class runs every Saturday and costs $75.
And on Sunday mornings, the Kids’ Graffiti Drawing Class offers the youngsters a chance to learn the craft. Tickets for this class start at $16.
Keep an eye on their website for other classes that may pop up throughout the year.
Tell Me About Visiting the Museum of Graffiti
The museum’s address is 276 NW 26th Street in Miami. Parking is available at a garage just a short walk away. Tickets cost $16 and are available online or in person. They offer discounts for seniors, military, and student visitors. Children 13 and under get in free.
Plan for at least an hour on your visit. We bet some people can easily spend double that time taking everything in. And feel free to take as many photos as possible while you’re there. It’s sure to entice other graffiti-loving friends to plan their own visit.
Things to Do and Places to Eat Near the Museum
There are plenty of things to do in the Wynwood neighborhood, the arts and entertainment district. These are just a few places you won’t want to miss.
This park is about three miles from the Museum of Graffiti. You’ll find beautiful views of the bay, with Miami Beach just across the water. A large fountain provides a lovely backdrop for some touristy photos. Bayside Marketplace is also next to the park and offers excellent shopping and restaurant options.
Additionally, you can ride Skyviews Miami, where you can see the city from nearly 200 feet above the ground. Enclosed climate-controlled gondolas provide a fun way to check out Miami. Tickets cost $19 for adults and $16 for children ages four to eleven.
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
If you want more visual stimulation after visiting the Museum of Graffiti, this 50,000-square-foot gallery will do the trick. Renowned art collector, Martin Margulies, opened the warehouse in 1999.
The collection includes photography, sculptures, and artwork from some of the most significant artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. You won’t find too much in the way of graffiti art at this museum, but we promise you’ll enjoy spending time checking out the displays.
The warehouse is at the corner of NW 27th Street and 6th Avenue, just a half mile from the Museum of Graffiti. Admission is $10. They’re open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 am to 4 pm.
The Taco Stand
After all the walking around while gazing at fantastic artwork, you’ll likely get hungry. And what better way to satiate the belly than with tacos? You won’t have to go far as The Taco Stand is on the block past the Museum of Graffiti.
They get four and a half stars on Tripadvisor. Whether you’re in the mood for tacos, burritos, or Mexican fries, you’ll find something satisfying. Their menu includes offerings suitable for vegetarians and carnivores alike.
This Italian restaurant gets excellent reviews. One person went so far as to say it’s one of the best places to eat in Miami. Located in Wynwood, you can grab lunch or dinner a short walk from the Museum of Graffiti.
Joey’s offers a nice variety of pizza and pasta dishes and entrees, including chicken piccata and wild-caught salmon. They also have a happy hour every Monday through Friday from 3 pm to 6 pm in their outdoor garden. Enjoy discount drinks and appetizers in a relaxing atmosphere.
Is the Museum of Graffiti Worth Visiting?
If graffiti fascinates you as it does us, we highly recommend planning a trip to this museum. You’re likely to learn some history about the art form as well.
And since it’s in a city with so much to experience, you might want to plan a weekend to take it all in. You definitely won’t run out of things to do while visiting Miami.
Have you been to the Museum of Graffiti? Tell us about your experience!
Outside Folk Gallery
You can explore folk, street, and outsider art in our personal collection at Outside Folk Art. We’re celebrating these creatives and giving voice to rising black, Native, immigrant, and working mother artisans.
We’ll also be offering pop-up shows and collaborations with small museums, so be sure to follow us to discover the where and when!