The Top Spots to See Graffiti in Miami
When it comes to hunting down the best graffiti in Miami, there’s more to it than just finding massive murals and famous street artists. Street graffiti has long been considered a unique symbol of Miami, reflecting both the city’s values and its diverse culture. From storied walls to exciting new spaces, here are the top spots to see graffiti in Miami.
Miami Graffiti Museum
The first museum of its kind, the Museum of Graffiti is dedicated to chronicling the edgy art form’s history and its emergence in design, fashion, advertising, and galleries. The museum experience includes an indoor exhibition space, 11 exterior murals, a fine art gallery, and a world-class gift shop stocked with limited edition merch and exclusive items from the world’s most talented graffiti artists. Save 10% on entry to the Museum of Graffiti when you book your South Beach stay with The Sagamore.
As graffiti is typically temporary by nature, the best way to see amazing art is by visiting a street art gallery instead, where large-scale murals span multiple blocks and feature a number of street art styles and artists. Of course, we are talking about the Wynwood murals which are concentrated along NW 2nd Avenue between 23rd and 28th Streets. Formerly known as the Warehouse District, the hip neighborhood north of Downtown was transformed by the world’s greatest graffiti and street art artists in the early 2000s to become a unique outdoor destination.
The Wynwood Walls murals cover over 80,000 square feet, with art from over 50 artists representing 16 countries. New murals tend to pop up during the first week of December in correlation with Art Basel. For extra insider scoop, download Miami’s Best Graffiti Guide, an app that gives users the ability to understand the graffiti they’re looking at and give street artists the credit and exposure they deserve.
Calle Ocho in Little Havana
Created by Cuban exiles escaping the Castro regime, Little Havana has become one of Miami’s most vibrant street art neighborhoods with a distinctive Cuban influence. Most of the art on Calle Ocho is concentrated between 17th Avenue and 13th Avenue. One of our favorite works of art is on the exterior of the Goodwill Superstore at 982 Calle Ocho. The array of graffiti art produced by famous and up-and-coming artists is subject to change and is related to themes based on Goodwill’s mission statement.
Put on your walking shoes and explore the hidden spaces of the historically black Miami neighborhood. You’ll find a recent installation by artist Kyle Holbrook memorializing George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, along with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick at the intersection of 16th Street NW 1st Avenue. The late Miami artist Purvis Young (1943 – 2010) left a legacy in both museums and on the streets. Young has works featured in more than 60 art museums, including the Smithsonian and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. The renowned artist’s work can still be seen outside the Culmer Overtown Branch Library (Everyday Life, 1984) and the Northside Metrorail Station (unnamed, 1986).
Whether you’re looking to discover the newest graffiti artist or simply locate a dramatic backdrop for an Instagram post, you’ll never know what you will find on the streets of Miami.
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