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Bass Museum Of Art

2100 Collins Avenue

Mission :

The purpose of the Bass Museum of Art is to collect and exhibit the finest art the world has to offer from the past through the present, thereby enriching lives and educating residents and visitors in the City of Miami Beach.

History :

History The Bass Museum of Art was established by agreement in 1963 when the City of Miami Beach accepted the gift of the art collection of John and Johanna Bass upon condition that it would maintain the collection in perpetuity, provide for the exhibition of the collections, and keep it open and available to the public. The museum occupies what was originally the Miami Beach Public Library and Art Center, which was designed in 1930 by Russell Pancoast, grandson of Miami Beach pioneer John A. Collins. This was Miami’s first public building with an exhibition space for the fine arts, and it was designed to preserve the symmetry of the formal gardens of Collins Park, which had been donated to the City by Collins and laid out in the 1920s. This building is now the centerpiece of the city’s historic district and was placed on the National Register in 1978.

Funding :

The Bass Museum of Art receives both public and private general operating funding. Major support comes from the City of Miami Beach, with the support of the Mayor and Commissioners of the City of Miami Beach and Friends of the Bass Museum, Inc. This project is also supported by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts; and the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program and Cultural Arts Council.


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Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
What a giant of a cozy museum! I enjoyed every nook and cranny of The Bass. I would call it funky, fun, and meaningful. Make sure Trisha is there and ask her to explain the exhibit where she is - not a docent - but a security guard with volumes of knowledge. I wish I lived in the area so I could return when the exhibits change. (Don’t miss the video installations, they are truly funky.)

Deborah White

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Disappointed... I used to go years ago so not sure what happened. The first floor has two small exhibition rooms that are awesome, after that unfortunately nothing. After inquiring I was told they're working on more. In and out in 15 min.

Elliot Porbin

Saturday, June 30, 2018
Awesome art a historic venue.has both historic and modern art.lots of fun and is right on south beach!groovy

Victor Wang

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
Really awesome spot to spend an hour or two at this small museum to take in really unique and interesting contemporary pieces. Lots of artists and artifacts from very famous collections. Worth a visit especially as it participates in Bank of America's Museums on Us.

Irene Chen

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
It was a pleasant visit! The art works are able to connect with visitors and social issues. Though I have no idea why they put classical oil painting with modern stone wall decoration together. It’s a small art museum but definitely worth the visit!

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