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The Bass, Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum, creates connections between international contemporary art and the museum’s diverse audiences. The Bass shares the power of contemporary art through experiences that excite, challenge and educate.


The Bass is Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum. Focusing on exhibitions of international contemporary art, The Bass presents mid-career and established artists reflecting the spirit and international character of Miami Beach. The Bass seeks to expand the interpretation of contemporary art by incorporating disciplines of contemporary culture, such as design, fashion and architecture, into the exhibition program.  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.

Central to the museum’s mission, The Bass maintains a vigorous education program for lifelong learning and visitors of all ages. The Bass IDEAS education initiative uses art as a catalyst for creativity and positive growth, especially in the area of early childhood education. The active school program led by the City of Miami Beach called STEAM+, takes The Bass IDEAS off-site by engaging children in Miami-Dade County Public Schools and integrating arts education into the curriculum.



The Bass Museum of Art opened in 1964 through the donation of a private collection by John and Johanna Bass to the City of Miami Beach. The museum opened in what was formerly the Miami Beach Public Library and Art Center, a 1930s Art Deco building designed by Russell Pancoast, grandson of Miami Beach pioneer John Collins. The building itself already had a rich history on Miami Beach as the first public exhibition space for art in South Florida, and was placed on the National Register in 1978.

In 2001, the original museum building was renovated, and a new wing, designed by renowned architect Arata Isozaki, was added to house galleries, offices and a museum shop. The new galleries gave the museum a total of 16,000 square feet of exhibition space, essential for the presentation of temporary exhibitions and continued growth.

In 2009, The Bass experienced another wave of institutional growth as it consolidated its governance in a 501c3 non-profit corporation, hired a new director and developed a new board. The museum re-focused its mission and programming to reflect the new development of Miami Beach as an art destination, catering to the evolving and diverse nature of Miami Beach residents and tourists.

By 2017, The Bass concluded a comprehensive transformation and reopened to the public on October 29, 2017. Again working with architects Arata Isozaki and David Gauld, the renovation expanded the internal structure to create an almost 50 percent increase in programmable space, including four new galleries, a museum store and cafe, and a designated education facility to better serve expanded programs and increased attendance.



When is the museum open and how much is admission?

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 12-5PM
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

General – $15
Seniors (65 & up) – $8
Students (with valid college/university ID) – $8
Youth (7 – 18) – $8
Children (6 & under) – Free
Members – Free
Miami Beach Residents & City of Miami Beach employees (with valid ID/proof of residence) – Free
Active-Duty and Retired Military (plus one guest) –Free

Who were John and Johanna Bass?

John Bass (1891-1978) and Johanna Redlich (m. Feb. 21, 1921) were Jewish-immigrants from Vienna, Austria who resided in Miami Beach. As President of the Fajardo Sugar Company of Puerto Rico, John Bass was also an amateur journalist, artist (namely painting and etching) and composer of published music. Mr. Bass collected both fine art and cultural artifacts, including a sizeable manuscript collection that now lives in the Carnegie Hall Archives. In 1963, the couple bequeathed a collection of more than 500 works, including Old Master paintings, textiles and sculptures to the City of Miami Beach, under the agreement that a Bass Museum of Art would remain open to the public in perpetuity. John Bass directed the museum from its founding in 1964 until his death in 1978.

What kind of art will I find at The Bass?

The Bass presents temporary exhibitions of international contemporary art. In addition, The Bass is a collecting institution and presents long-term exhibitions of works from the collection within the exhibition schedule. The founding Bass collection of historic objects and old masters can be seen regularly on view within the context of contemporary art works.

How often do your exhibitions change?

There is no standard length for every exhibition, however, most galleries change every 4-6 months. We have also staggered our exhibition schedule, so new exhibitions may open every 1-3 months. Be sure to take a look at our current and upcoming exhibitions here.

Do you accept artwork donations?

Unfortunately we are not able to accept unsolicited donations at this time.

I am doing research and would like to know more information about artwork in your collection, where can I obtain this information?

Our registrar is happy to help with requests for research. You may contact our registrar at [email protected]. We are also happy to process requests for image licensing rights of works in our collection. In order to obtain image rights, please allow two to three weeks for requests to be processed.

How do I apply for a position at The Bass?

We always have many different volunteer and internship opportunities available year round. We may also have full-time salaried positions depending on availability and needs. Please follow the application instructions per each listing and email the required materials to the listed contact. View all jobs & opportunities here.

Can I rent space in the museum for a private event?

Yes, please visit thebass.org/eventspaces for more information and to submit an inquiry. Should you have any additional questions, you may contact our facility rentals department at rentals@thebass.org.



    George Lindemann


    Clara Bullrich


    Laura Paresky Gould

  • Barbara Becker

  • Olga Blavatnik

  • Trudy Cejas

  • Michael Collins

  • Brian Ehrlich

  • Christina Getty

  • José Ramón González

  • Lisa Heiden-Koffler

  • Alina T. Hudak

  • Doug Kimmelman

  • Diane Lieberman

  • Pamela Liebman

  • David Martin

  • Ariel Penzer Milgroom

  • Tracy Wilson Mourning

  • Thomas C. Murphy

  • Jean-Jacques Murray

  • Dan Och

  • Alisa Romano

  • Ali Scharf-Matlick

  • Oscar Seikaly

  • Tatyana Silva

  • Lauren Taschen

  • Cathy Vedovi



  • Silvia Karman Cubiñá
    Executive Director & Chief Curator

  • Jean Ortega
    Deputy Director

  • Everett Ford
    Assistant to the Executive Director

  • Ambar Herrera Gonzalez
    Bookkeeper, Finance Assistant


  • Leilani Lynch

  • Sherry Zambrano
    Registrar of Collections & Exhibitions

  • Jan Galliardt
    Chief Preparator & Exhibition Technician

  • Valeria Guillén
    Exhibitions Coordinator


  • Sara Ryan
    Director of Development

  • Daphna Starr Strelitz
    Development Manager


  • Grace M. Castro
    Special Events Manager


  • Sabrina Anico
    Director of Communications

  • Diane Amaya
    Graphic Design & Production Coordinator


  • Kylee Crook
    Director of Education

  • Koren Illa
    Education Outreach & Special Programs Manager

  • Lisa Quinn
    Education Program Manager


  • Jose Hernandez
    Operations Manager

  • Gabrielle Peters
    Senior Guest Services Associate

  • William Casado de Leon
    Building Supervisor

  • Maria Reyes
    Building Supervisor

  • Adam Blahnik
    Guest Services Associate

  • Antoine White
    Guest Services Associate

  • Daffodyle Saget
    Guest Services Associate

  • Isabella Oliva
    Guest Services Associate

  • Katia Lobo
    Guest Services Associate

  • Lourdes Miller
    Guest Services Associate

  • Nicolle Garcia
    Guest Services Associate

  • Zaire Kaczmarski
    Guest Services Associate