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6 Weirdest Museums in Miami

Everyone knows Miami has some of the country’s best museums, but did you know it also has some of the weirdest? From electrotherapy to ancient porn, there’s something for every twisted mind to appreciate. Here’s our top picks for the most eccentric, yet most enjoyable museum experiences around Miami.

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  1. The Turn Of The Century Electrotherapy Museum

If you’re looking for a truly electrifying experience, the Electrotherapy Museum should give you a bit of a jolt. Puns aside, this quirky museum offers visitors an extensive exhibition featuring some of the weirdest examples of 19th and early 20th Century electrotherapy. Many of the exhibits are fine examples of A-grade, turn of the century quack electrotherapy. They also have a great collection of Nikola Tesla inventions. In fact, the museum claims to hold some of the earliest surviving Telsa coils.

 

  1. Coral Castle Museum

Perhaps the most famous museum on the list, Coral Castle might also be the strangest. For nearly a century, Coral Castle has been impressing visitors with its bafflingly large, complex limestone structure. The structure was built by Latvian immigrant Edward Leedskalnin over 28 years, and is surrounded by some pretty weird urban legends. The story goes that Leedskalnin built the “castle” after being rejected by his fiancée on the eve of their wedding. Over the years, curious locals claimed the Latvian made use of otherworldly abilities to construct the enormous structure. However he got the job done, the result is inarguably a jaw dropper.

 

  1. World Erotic Art Museum

For an adventure into the glorious world of all things crude and smuty, look no further than the World Erotic Art Museum. This museum might sound a touch tasteless, but it actually offers a fascinating insight into humanity’s long love affair with erotica. The museum features works dating back to the time of ancient Rome, and includes an impressive mix of canvass, tapestry, sculptures and photography. Worth a peek.

 

  1. Wings Over Miami Air Museum

Perhaps not quite as eccentric as some of the other museums listed, Wings Over Miami still manages to pull a few left fielders. The museum has a focus on Cold War era aircraft, mostly military. Many of the exhibitions offer enlightening insights into the history of air travel, though there’s a few evolutionary dead ends to gawk at. Bring your aviator sunglasses.

 

  1. ArtCenter

ArtCenter has a bit of everything, and that’s what makes it so weird. There’s a range of rotating exhibitions from contemporary artists, and visitors are also free to peek in at studios of on site artists. The appeal of ArtCenter lies in the fact that you never really know what you’re in for. One moment, you’ll be trying to interpret some local artist’s abstract work; the next, you could find yourself in a jewellery workshop. It’s very unpredictable, but always fun. Best of all, entry is free!

 

  1. Great Escape Room

WTF is Great Escape Room? Is it a museum, a game or just a twisted joke? The basic idea behind this museum/mind-bending brain melter is to figure out how to actually get out. Each themed room is packed full of clues to help you figure out how to get to the next area. You’ll have to work together with your friends, or other baffled participants in what is unquestionably one of the most unique experiences you’ll have in Miami.

The 5 Best Techno Clubs in South Beach

From mega clubs to underground laboratories of cutting edge techno, Miami’s club scene has well earned its reputation as among the best in the country. It’s diverse, with pretty much something for everyone. That said, here’s our five top picks for the best techno clubs around South Beach. Enjoy!

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Electric Pickle

When talking about clubs in Miami, it’s hard to avoid mentioning Electric Pickle. Since 2009, this place has become the crown jewel of any night out for anyone looking for some solid techno and house. Not everyone can quite put their finger on why, but there’s just something about Electric Pickle that blows the competition out of the water. Perhaps its the custom Dynacord sound system that makes this relatively small club punch above its weight. Maybe it’s the intimate atmosphere, or that slightly edgy vibe – that feeling that anything could go down in this place. Heck, Electric Pickle’s enduring popularity might even just come down to the prices, which are exceptionally reasonable for a club of this caliber. Whatever the reason behind Electric Pickle’s appeal, this place is a non negotiable must visit for anyone passing through Miami.

Mynt Lounge

This South Beach favorite is yet another heavy hitter. Mynt Lounge has an air of exclusivity about it, and much has been made of the fact that its frequented by a number of celebrities. Jennifer Lopez, Sean Penn, Jamie Fox and Giselle Bundchen have all reportedly walked through these doors. However, one big drawback for techno lovers is the fact that although Mynt’s DJs are great at what they do, what they do isn’t always techno. A night here tends to be pretty hip hop heavy, though they still pump out a reasonable mix of house. Even if that doesn’t sound like your scene, it’s worth checking this place out for some of its more unique features, such as the aromatherapy system that bathes the dance floor in invigorating scents.

Trade

Located in the heart of South Beach, Trade has a bit of a mixed reputation. It’s unpretentious, and always pumps out a great mix of EDM. The DJs always know what they’re doing. Plus, the drink specials can be surprisingly good value. However, a few things let Trade down. For one, the sound system isn’t as great as somewhere like Electric Pickle, and the floor isn’t exactly spacious. Expect to have about as much room to breathe as you would on the NYC subway. Also, this place is all about EDM – so if you want a little variety you’ll have to go elsewhere. For the rest of us though, this place is a gem.

Treehouse

A local secret, this underground style club doesn’t look that promising from outside. Inside, however, you’ll find a solid lineup of EDM. The DJs are consistently brilliant, and the crowd tends to be a loyal mix of locals, meaning it doesn’t feel like a tourist trap. The only one big downside is that prices tend to be a bit ridiculous. If you can deal with that though, this is a fun night out.

LIV

If you want to pretend you’re in Vegas, then LIV is the place. The place is legendary for its top end luxury, and also for its pretty harsh door staff. Good luck getting in if you’re not a celebrity. If you do get past the door, expect to blow through a few grand on a slow night here.

Ultra Music Festival 2017: What You Need to Know

This year’s biggest EDM festival is just around the corner, but are you prepared? This March, the Ultra Music Festival is descending on Miami for one insane weekend. It’s set to feature some of the biggest names in EDM and dance, including  Justice, The Prodigy, Martin Garrix and Carl Cox. If you’re not ready, then luckily we’ve put together a bit of a primer on this year’s Ultra. Here, we’ve got everything you need to know about Miami’s loudest weekend.

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When and where?

Ultra will kick off on Saturday, March 24, and run until Sunday the 26th. For all three days, the festival will be at Bayfront Park. It’s pretty hard to miss, though FYI the exact address is 301 North Biscayne Boulevard Miami, Florida.

Is my favorite artist going to be there?

Some of the biggest names this year include Justice, Underworld, Ice Cube, Major Lazer, Chase & Status, Rabbit in the Moon, Cypress Hill, KSHMR, Zhu, Adam Beyer, Galantis, and Zedd. Just skimming those names, you might have noticed something: this year Ultra is a little more hip hop/DJ oriented than usual. Previous years have been a little heavier on Indie rock and live electronic acts. There’s still plenty of that to be had, but it looks like the festival is banking on a slight change of tack to bring in more crowds. To see for yourself, check out the full lineup here.

Tickets are sold out?

If you’ve been procrastinating about getting tickets, then you may have heard some bad news. A few weeks back rumors were circulating that general admission tickets were either sold out, or close to it. On March 1, Billboard confirmed that general admission had sold out, leaving plenty of people pretty disappointed. However, don’t despair yet. At the time of writing, Ultra was still selling VIP packages, including the Tier 1 VIP 3 Day Pass. At a heavy $1249.95, it’s not exactly bargain basement, but for your money you get quite a few pretty decent perks. Some of these include access to VIP seating and dance areas, fewer lines and access to premium drinks and food. The VIP areas tend to have much better views of the stages, and in previous years the VIP bathrooms have always been noticeably less terrible than those used by general admission. Apart from the price, the only other big drawback to VIP is the fact that you need to be 21 to access the special areas, while general admission is open to everyone 18 and up. If you’re not sold on VIP but still want to party, then there’s always …

Other Miami Music Week events

Miami Music Week is more than just Ultra. For seven days, Miami is taken over by dozens of music festivals. Some of these include the Axtone Miami Pool Party on March 22, the Stereo Yacht Party on March 23, and Above & Beyond on the same day. A full list of events can be found using this handy map.