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The Bass

2100 Collins Ave, Between 21st and 22nd Streets, within Collins Park, Miami Beach, FL 33139-1919
+1 305-673-7530
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Currently closed for major renovations and re-opens October 2017. The Bass is Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum. Recognized for organizing the first solo museum exhibitions in the United States of international artists such as Erwin Wurm, The Bass also presents major exhibitions by influential artists, such as El Anatsui, Isaac Julien, Eve Sussman and Piotr Uklański. The exhibition program encompasses a wide range of media and artistic points of view that bring new thought to the diverse cultural context of Miami Beach. The Bass Museum of Art was founded in 1964 by the City of Miami Beach after the donation of the private collection by John and Johanna Bass. The museum opened in what was formerly the Miami Beach Public Library and Art Center, a 1930s Art Deco building designed by Russell Pancoast, which already had a rich history on Miami Beach as the first public exhibition space for art in South Florida. In 2001, the museum conducted its first major renovation designed by Tokyo-based architect Arata Isozaki, adding a new wing and second level to house a total of 16,000 square feet of exhibition space. In 2015,
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2100 Collins Ave, Between 21st and 22nd Streets, within Collins Park, Miami Beach, FL 33139-1919
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+1 305-673-7530
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Reviewed 2 August 2017

The museum itself is beautiful but like anything cultural in Miami there are rarely good exhibitions.

Thank LynnM112017
Reviewed 8 April 2017

I wasn't able to go in due to my crew was ready to eat after walking all day. I plan to return and have been trying to visit online unsuccessful so far.

Thank Tammie P
Reviewed 26 March 2017

It is a small museum in a wonderful setting. It is rather poorly advertized, but worth a visit. We always enjoy touring this museum.More

Thank Jean L
Julia R, Public Relations Manager at The Bass, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2017

Dear Jean, Thank you very much for your kind words about the museum. I sincerely apologize for giving you a bad impression of our advertising. As you are aware, our current renovation has spanned the past 18 months and is truly an institutional transformation. When...More

Reviewed 1 February 2017

I went to visit the museum 4 years ago and i like to do it at least once a year when friends wants to visit Miami.

1  Thank Sol L
Reviewed 16 January 2017

The Bass Museum is a modern building built in 1960s and renovated from the inside out as a masterpiece. The museum has lots of the finest arts designed by world famous artists. There are classes where you can make your own art. You can request...More

Thank buddhakouri
Reviewed 28 September 2016

I have seen some top notch exhibitions of important Art over the years. The last I remember was Picasso's sketches. Long before wonderful Art Basel Miami Beach was lucky to have this gem of a museum.

1  Thank MDR2100
Reviewed 21 July 2016

I was so disappointed that the Bass Museum was closed it was on my list of attractions to see while i was in Miami and we were staying just 5 mins away

Thank Michele K
Reviewed 31 May 2016

Bass Museum of Art is located on Collins Park, an area donated to the city by John Collins the first developer of Miami Beach. The stone building in the park was originally the John Collins Memorial Library when it was dedicated in 1930 but is...More

1  Thank TourGuide-Manager
Reviewed 2 May 2016

Enjoy a cheap cultural, fun date, away from the crowds, great art exhibits, they usually have outdoor art too, enjoy a park bench and the scenery, accesible via pubic transportation

Thank gourmetheidi
Reviewed 25 March 2016

The museum is really a must if you travel to Miami Beach, they used to host an event "Bass under the sunset" or something like this, I've been there couple times and it has been amazing, nice and smart people, good music and good drinks.

Thank Paula_MIA
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