As one of the largest melting pots in America, south Florida offers no shortage of artistic events and cultural activities. It’s no surprise that the Sunshine State is home to some of the most unique and diverse museum exhibits in the country. The following is a list of the top upcoming museum exhibits taking place in the spring and summer of 2015 in south Florida.

(Source: historymiami.org)

The Complete Audubon: The Birds of America
HistoryMiami
101 West Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 375-1492
www.historymiami.org

The Birds of America is the perfect pairing between antique bird prints and modern environmental conservation, which John James Audubon began in 1820. Consisting of a number of life-size pieces of birds found in the United States, this exhibit showcases 435 prints of 457 different species. While many of these painting have been reproduced through the years, the magnificence of the originals is certainly what makes this event special and unique. In 2015, both the first and second editions of The Birds of America will be showcased.

(Source: thefrost.fiu.edu)

Contemporary Families in Miami: A Photo Album
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
Florida International University (Modesto Maidique Campus)
10975 S.W. 17th St.
Miami, FL 33199
(305) 348-2890
thefrost.fiu.edu

Date: Through Aug. 30, 2015 – Museum hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Puerto Rican artist, Lorna Otero, is at the helm of one of the most creative museum exhibitions in all of south Florida. In this exhibit south Florida residents submit their family portraits, engaging in everyday activities, and Otero later displays them on a giant tree that starts from the museum’s floor and goes up to the ceiling. This is an exhibit that takes over three months to construct, but the final product is certainly something to experience. For more information on how to submit photos please click here.

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(Source: wolfsonian.org)

At Ease: Miami Beach During the Second World War
Wolfsonian-FIU
1001 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 531-1001
www.wolfsonian.org

Date: Through June 14, 2015 – Museum hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Thursday open till 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The museum is closed on Wednesday.

Ever wondered what Miami Beach looked like during World War II? Much like the title describes, this exhibit gives a retrospective look at Miami Beach during this chaotic era. Taken from the Rare Books and Special Collections Library, art lovers and historians will get a first look at how some of the most prominent Art Deco buildings were transformed into barracks for the US Army Air Forces.

(Source: mocanomi.org)

Alternative Contemporaneity: TAZ
Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
Joan Lehman Building
770 NE 125th St.
North Miami, FL 33161
(305) 893-6211
www.mocanomi.org

Date: Through May 30, 2015 – Museum hours: Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This unique exhibit consists of a large group of artists collaborating on Hakim Bey and Peter Lamborn Wilson’s TAZ, which stands for Temporary Autonomous Zones. Under the direction of curator Richard Haden and assistant curator Cristy Almaida, participating artists include 3PQ, Farley Aguilar, Kevin Arrow, Dogan Arslanoglu, Zack Balber, Alejandro Bellizzi, and many others. Alumni and faculty from Florida International University’s Art and History department will also take part in this elaborate two-month project, making it one of the top museum-exhibit attractions in south Florida in 2015.

(Source: coralgablesmuseum.org)

Mini-Golf 2015: International Edition
Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 603-8067
www.coralgablesmuseum.org

Date: Through Sept. 13, 2015 – Museum hours: Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday.

Ever wonder what it would be like to play mini-golf under ideal climate conditions? Well, wonder no more. Thanks to an upcoming interactive exhibit, everyone can play nine holes of mini-golf in an air-conditioned indoor facility. The first edition of this initiative, which debuted in 2013, was designed around the beautiful landmarks found within the city of Coral Gables. However, like the name suggests, Mini-Golf 2015: International Edition has now expanded geographically, as each hole is designed after a different part of the world. This exhibit is great for birthday parties, summer camps and other family functions, as well as for single players and dates.

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