The Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables is part of the esteemed University of Miami campus. The Lowe is the largest collecting art museum in the South Florida region and one of only a few in the entire state with such a far-reaching collection. The Lowe contains about 5,000 years of world art in stimulating exhibits. Bring the kids over to experience what different cultures have created to express themselves all while in the cool comfort of air conditioning. It's like a tour of the world and a walk through history right at their fingertips. Check their schedule to learn about special events and programming offered throughout the year.
From its inception in the 1950s, the collection has developed a diverse collection capable of serving the educational and cultural needs of the University of Miami and the greater South Florida community. The Lowe maintains 11 fascinating collecting departments:
- Art of Africa with an emphasis on sub-Saharan regions, including architectural elements, ceremonial and ritual objects, costumes, textiles, and sculpture dating from ca. 500 BCE to the present.
- Art of the Ancient Americas with objects from North, Central and South America dating from 2500 BCS to the period of European contact in 1492.
- Art of the Native Americas including sculpture, basketry, pottery, costumes and textiles of the Americas after 1492. Includes Spanish colonial art made by Native artists.
- Art of Ancient Mediterranean works from ancient Greece and Rome dating back to the 1st millennium BCE through the 4th century.
- Art of Asia objects of art and daily life from the Neolithic period through the present. China, Japan, Korea, India and SE Asia are represented.
- Art of the Caribbean including landscape, narrative, and portrait paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and photographs from the Caribbean Basin (including Cuba) dating from the 18th century to the present.
- Art of Central and South America consisting of landscape, narrative, and portrait paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and photographs from Central and South America dating from the 18th century to the present.
- Art of Egypt and the Near East includes ceramic, stone, metal, and paper objects from Egypt, the Near East, and West Asia mainly from ancient times but also including some medieval manuscripts and contemporary works.
- Art of Europe displays paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs from the Middle Ages through the present, including the Samuel H. Kress Collection of Renaissance and Baroque art.
- Art of North America exhibits landscape, narrative, and portrait paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and photographs from the United States and Canada dating from the 18th century to the present.
- Art of the Pacific Islands highlights some special ceremonial objects of the cultures of the Pacific, currently with an emphasis on the islands of Melanesia, dating from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Group and school tours offered. The Lowe Art Museum’s collections are also accessible online at emuseum.miami.edu.