Bank of America's Museums on Us: Your Guide to the Best Free Exhibits in South Florida

Categories: Culture
October was a stressful month for those suffering from a chronic case of FOMO (fear of missing out). With events like Octoberfest, The Color Run, and the Zombie Crawl, it seemed like every weekend of October had something going on. Now that Halloween is over, it's time to get back to your mundane weekend routine.

Before you decide to substitute fun with substance abuse, fear not. This upcoming weekend is the first in November, and Bank of America's Museums on Us promotion is once again giving the gift of self-culturing for free. This Saturday and Sunday, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch cardholders can obtain free admission to 18 participating Florida museums, eight of which are right here in South Florida.

We took the liberty of spoiling you with an updated museum guide to bring you the latest happenings and exhibits at each museum participating in the program. With all the money you'll be saving, all you have to worry about is where to brunch.

Courtesy of Bass Museum of Art
Two Planets: Manet's Luncheon on the Grass and the Thai Villagers, by Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, 2011, digital pigment print.
Bass Museum of Art
When it comes to a year-round calendar of exhibits, Bass consistently delivers. Right now you can catch "Unnatural" before it ends this Sunday, November 4. The collaborative art exhibition features works by 27 international artists and explores the subject of humankind's manipulating nature in the modern world. The standout piece is a massive video piece that lends the illusion of an actual sperm whale swimming in a glass aquarium.

This Friday, "Temporary Contemporary" is launching with an ongoing public art project filling the busy streets and boardwalks of Miami Beach with outdoor works of art. Current artists on view include: Susan Philipsz, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Stefan Brüggemann, Michael Linares and Ken Gonzales-Day.

The Bargain: The museum's $10 admission is free this weekend for cardholders.
2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-7530,

Chemically and digitally enhanced Lutjanus synagris (Lane snapper), 2010, by Akihiro Shiroza.
IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame
If fishing aficionado is your name, then IGFA is your game. At IGFA you can appreciate the local marine art scene. New in the art gallery is Akihiro Shiroza's 17-piece art exhibit titled, "Glorification of the Dead" where taxonomy meets art. Using scientifically collected larval samples Shiroza "glorifies" them through cleaning rituals, chemical processes, and digital techniques. Shiroza has identified about 200,000 larval fish over the last three years, before magnifying the super-macro photographs up to 200 times to the size of their mature bodies to complete the final product.

The Bargain: You'll save yourself from paying the regular $10 admission price.
300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania, 954-922-4212,

Location Info


Bass Museum of Art

2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

Miami Art Museum - CLOSED

101 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL

Category: General

Museum of Contemporary Art

770 NE 125th St., North Miami, FL

Category: General

Miami Science Museum

3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: General

Museum of Discovery and Science

401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: General

International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum

300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, FL

Category: General

Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: General

Miami Children's Museum

980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL

Category: General

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