Smallish, but discerning museum. Permanent collection includes one Botticelli/Ghirlandaio altarpiece, some 19th-century tapestries, and - apparently - some Rubens. Also a very interesting room of 18th-century English portraiture. Rotating exhibitions also very interesting; in January 2006 they had a great set of paintings by a Chilean artist.
2121 Park Avenue (between 21st and 22nd Streets), Miami Beach, Florida 33139; tel: 305 673 7530; fax: 305 673 7062; www.bassmuseum.org/
More than a museum, more a way of life for Mr Wolfson who travelled the globe collecting artifacts from 1895 to 1945 and then didn't have a place to put them. So he built a museum. Seeing it all together gives real insight into the most interesting 50-year period in the 20th century. Great stuff in the gift shop.
1001 Washington Avenue at the corner of 10th Street, right in the middle of South Beach.
One of America's early multi-millionaires built it, lived in it, and brought back millions of dollars worth of furniture and art from Europe to decorate it. It's worth the price of admission to see how rich people lived in those days. Sly Stallone used to own the house next door.
3251 South Miami Avenue
Take I-95 all the way to the end where it becomes Route 1 and follow the signs. You can probably book ahead.
An interesting beach town just north of Miami, it has more funky character than South Beach and a relaxing beachfront filled with French Canadians. Well worth the drive up A1A or Route 1 - in fact, just stay there instead.
A 40-minute drive north of Miami on A1A for the beach area, or Route 1 goes straight through the centre of town at Young Circle with its arts galleries, restaurants and so on.
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