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The city’s cultural scene doesn’t end with Art Basel. Here are the essential stops all year round.

De La Cruz Collection: Beverage tycoon Carlos de la Cruz and his wife, Rosa, show their extensive collection of contemporary art in a soaring, three-story space in the Design District. Free docent tours illuminate works by Mark Bradford, Wade Guyton, Rudolf Stingel, and others. On the top floor, the wit of Gabriel Orozco is juxtaposed with the anguished elegance of Félix González-Torres.

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami: Don’t judge a cultural institution by its size: small but influential MOCA stages intriguing shows by executive director Bonnie Clearwater and hotshot young curator Alex Gartenfeld, as well as permanent outdoor installations such as Mark Handforth’s Electric Tree and Jack Pierson’s Paradise. Next up: Tracey Emin’s first U.S. solo museum exhibition, in December.

Wolfsonian- Fiu: A thoughtful oasis amid the madness of South Beach, Micky Wolfson’s collection of objects is meant to showcase the “persuasive power of art and design.” You’ll see propaganda posters by Ben Shahn, World’s Fair souvenirs, and early- to mid-20th-century household appliances.

Wynwood Arts District: The Goldman family spurred the redevelopment of New York’s SoHo and Miami’s South Beach. Now they’re transforming this former warehouse zone into an arts-centric community. The linchpin: the commission of impressive murals from the world’s greatest street artists (Shepard Fairey; Kenny Scharf; Futura), the best of them corralled into a sort of open-air museum called Wynwood Walls. Other galleries have colonized the neighborhood—chief among them Gallery Diet, Emerson Dorsch, Fredric Snitzer, and David Castillo Gallery—followed by the inevitable hipster hangouts. Now you can order pour-overs at Panther Coffee, shop for clever design objects at Elemental, and down craft beers and $2 tacos with the locals at Wood Tavern.

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