By Elizabeth Stewart
School is out, but museum field trips are all the rage this month. From abstract expressionists at Bakehouse and family fun days at Miami Art Museum to jam sessions at MoCa, classic Renaissance at Bass and even sketching in the Vizcaya Gardens, you’re sure to get your fix.
The best part? Become a member at one of the participating museums and receive a complimentary pass to the rest. Who says you need to travel the world to broaden your horizons? Rich (and affordable) culture is in our very own backyard, so don’t miss the bus: May-mester in Miami has officially begun.
Below is a list of participating museums and glimpse at this month’s happenings. For a complete listing of exhibits and events please visit museum websites.
800, 810, 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Open Monday – Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Thursday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
The Bakehouse Art Complex
561 NW 32nd St., Miami
Open daily from Noon - 5 p.m.
Bass Museum of Art
2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach
Open Tue-Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed Mondays and holidays.
Highlight: On Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m. sit in on “Things Looked Different Back Then: The Endless Renaissance and How All Art is Contemporary.” A lecture providing a closer look at the Renaissance and how has both remained, and evolved, over time.
Historical Museum of Southern Florida
101 W. Flagler St., Miami
Open Mon-Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.
Highlight: Feed your body and mind with Brown Bag Breaks, occurring the first Tuesday of every month from 12 - 1 p.m. The lunchtime series allows you to pair your PB&J with complimentary coffee and dessert while listening to local experts dish fun facts about Florida.
Jewish Museum of Florida
301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
Open Tues - Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed on all Jewish holidays.
Highlight: Check out Marilyn Cohen’s artistic scrapbook in Capturing Memories in Collage on May 18 at 6 p.m.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden
2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach
Open Tue-Sun 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Highlight: Through May 31, Carolina Sardi’s Urban Nature portrays seven outdoor steel sculptures that blend into the tropical green life throughout the botanical gardens.
Miami Children's Museum
980 MacArthur Cswy., Miami
Open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Highlights: Stop by the Castle of Dream, a two-story sandcastle collecting sand from all over the world or take the economy’s cue and teach your tots the value of saving with a visit to the six-foot piggy bank.
Miami Art Museum
101 Flagler St., Miami
Open Tue-Fri 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat-Sun Noon - 5 p.m.
Highlight: Creating a social Mecca, MAM offers monthly events like JAM at MAM, a happy hour with an artistic flare, as well as several interactive activities for young and aspiring Picasso’s - including a visitor’s gallery for kids to explore, learn and create their own masterpieces on the giant chalkboard wall.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
770 NE 125th St., North Miami
Open Tue-Sat 11 a.m. -5 p.m., Sun Noon - 5 p.m.
Highlight: Every last Friday of the month at 8 p.m., get your groove back at JAZZ at MOCA. This month spotlights Spam All Stars, who blend an eclectic mix of elements including Latin, Funk and Hip Hop.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami
Open daily from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Highlight: The stunning Italian Renaissance and Baroque-style national historic landmark offers families the ability to move past stick figures with its afternoon portrait drawings, occurring the last Sunday of every month.
Miami Science Museum
3280 S Miami Ave., Miami
Open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Highlight: On May 15 at 8 p.m., reminisce about the days of Saved by the Bell and Nirvana through an interactive variety show by Comedy Crosswalk called “In The 90s.”
Lowe Art Museum
University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables
Open Tues, Weds, Fri, Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thur Noon - 7 p.m., Sun Noon - 5 p.m.
Highlight: Kick of summer UM-style with LoweDown, a happy hour complete with live music and hors d’oeuvres as well as guided tours of the UM Faculty Exhibition by Carsten Meier.
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
Florida International University 11200 SW 8th St., Miami
Open Wed/Thur/Fri 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat Noon - 4 p.m.
Highlight: Peruse what FIU and Miami Dade County District 11 students have been crafting all year at Creative Visions 2009, taking place the week of May 13 - May 20.
1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
Open Mon/Tue/Sat/Sun Noon - 6 p.m., Thur - Fri Noon - 9 p.m.
Highlight: Catch up on your reading with “Page At A Time,” a signature Wolf education program for fourth- and fifth-grade bookworms will display student-created works all month.
For more information on Museum Month events and deals please check out www.joinoneseethemall.com.
Crowds move through the Bass museum. Photo: Carl Juste/Miami.com