With $7.5 million grant, Bass Museum to expand

 

hsampson@MiamiHerald.com

The Bass Museum of Art has received a $7.5 million grant from the city of Miami Beach, money the 50-year-old museum plans to use to expand educational and exhibition space.

As part of the expansion, the museum at 2100 Collins Ave. will build a new wing that includes two additional classrooms next to the existing Lindemann Family Creative Center. This will allow classes and events to be held at the same time. Exhibition space will be added in the spot where a switchback ramp now sits.

Construction on the new wing is expected to begin in April of 2015 and last a year. While the physical expansion will cost $7.5 million, the museum will raise additional money for educational programs and exhibitions.

Founded in 1963, the Bass Museum last expanded in 2001. But that project, which added 20,000 square feet, was only half of a proposed growth plan. The museum’s board of directors started planning for the new phase in 2011. Miami Beach officials gave final approval for the grant on Monday.

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