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“Different but small”
Review of Bass Museum of Art

Bass Museum of Art
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Ranked #49 of 118 things to do in Miami Beach
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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,
Saint-Lambert, Quebec, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Different but small”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Probably seen too many museums around the world to give it more than average rating, but they only have a very small permanent collection. So the majority of what you'll see (which is not a lot) will be temporary pieces (usually contemporary art) so you might get lucky stumble upon things you like. So might be worth a shot on a rainy day...

Visited March 2013
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“Worth a visit when you are in the Collins Park area”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

A small enough museum to see in a short time and yet get some culture in the middle of an outdoor paradise. It's near the library and restaurants. It's close enough to the beach to get a look at the beautiful green water.

Visited February 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“a great little museum”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

Bass museum is not the Metropolitan but it is a quaint little museum with several interesting exhibits. I love the tapestries and can spend a long time watching and discovering new details every time i visit.

Visited June 2012
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Miami, Florida
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“Best diverse collection in Miami!”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Best diverse collection in Miami including Old Masters to Modern! Just the perfect size for effortless enjoyment of the senses! Have visited often for ever changing special exhibits.

Visited December 2012
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“Good selection of contemporary art”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Nice exhibition. Well displayed. The place is calm, fresh and proposing a good selection of modern art. Liked it. Fine for families.

Visited December 2012
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