With a collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, contemporary art and more, the Bass Museum attracts visitors with an appetite for the rare and eclectic. In 1963 John and Johanna Bass donated their Old Masters collection to the city of Miami Beach. It features more than 500 European works from the 15th to the early 20th century, including an important group of more than 200 paintings. In fact, it is considered one of the most comprehensive collections of European art in the Southeast. The Bass also has a more representative group of Austrian paintings (thanks to its Austrian founder, Mr. Bass), than any other collection in the country. Among notable artists in the museum’s collection are Jacob Jordaens, Peter Paul Rubens, Gerard Seghers, Ferdinand Bol, Giovanni Barbagelata, as well as work by Italian Renaissance masters Sandro Botticelli and Domenico Ghirlandaio. The stunning altarpiece is one of only a handful of Botticellis on public view in the United States. In addition to painting, the collection contains sculpture, works on paper, decorative objects and textiles.
2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7530 or bassmuseum.org
Open Wednesday – Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.
Admission: adults $8, seniors and students with I.D. $6, free for members and children under 6. Group discounts available. Docent tours by appointment and free with museum admission.
Parking: metered lot on site and streets