Perhaps it is because I once lived in the Detroit area and regularly enjoyed the massive collections housed at the city's Institute of Arts, and have visited similar museums in perhaps a dozen other U.S. destinations, but our first and only visit to the Miami Art Museum was quite disappointing. Granted, Detroit had the advantage of massive donations from the Fords and Kresges, but Miami has its corporate philanthropies and they don't seem to have been directed here judging by the overall size of the building and the limited collections housed within. We expected to enjoy a two to three hour visit, but even stopping to admire select items in most galleries, we were finished in less than 90 minutes.
How can a community so rich in cultural diversity, and with major commercial philanthropies and a famously wealthy population (Star Island, the oceanfront, etc) have such a small city art museum? It's puzzling, but the same is true in Atlanta, where we lived for a few years after leaving Michigan.
There are, unquestionably, some fine and important collections and individual masterpieces here, but the sum of all galleries is, well, underwhelming. We were also frankly annoyed at the peculiar ratio of security guards to visitors in every single room. There always seemed to be at least two uniformed guards in even the smallest of galleries, which in some cases are not much larger than a big living room. They would irritatingly follow individual visitors around corners of display walls and from one room to another. I am a scrupulously honest person and it made me feel terribly uncomfortable, as it did my fellow visitor.
If you buy a combo ticket that also includes the history museum, it is worth a brief visit.
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