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A Visual Arts Class Pass will enable students to visit an art museum through Miami-Dade County Public Schools' Cultural Passport program. Availability is very limited, so review the options below and click the Application link beneath the Cultural Passport heading on this page to apply.

Educators understand the importance of providing enough background knowledge to ensure students can fully participate and engage in all that an experience has to offer. This webpage is designed to familiarize you with the selected museums and give you access to curriculum to guide your instruction as you prepare students for the experience. The links listed immediately below have general content for your grade level. Site specific curriculum may be linked within the detailed descriptions below.

Curriculum Resources

For All Visual Arts:


Bass Museum of Art
2100 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

Bass Museum of Art (Study Guide)

The Bass Museum of Art's mission is to “inspire and educate by exploring the connections between our historical collections and contemporary art”. Curators and artists actively engage with the collection, presenting a myriad of interpretations and perspectives. For this reason, visitors are presented different and multiple selections of the permanent collection at any given time. Florida’s only Egyptian gallery is at the Bass Museum of Art! The gallery offers a unique opportunity to learn and explore one of the world’s oldest and most mysterious civilizations from its surviving objects, including an Egyptian sarcophagus and mummy. The gallery showcases sixteen objects of Egyptian antiquity including gifts to the museum collection and long-term loans from the Brooklyn Museum, Lowe Art Museum and private collections.

Guided group tours give students an in-depth educational, interactive approach to the exhibitions and artwork on display. The Bass Museum offers tours to all types of groups and ages. Children’s groups have a craft activity and scavenger hunt available to them, as well as a cafe space to bring and eat a bagged lunch. If you are interested in bringing a group, please fill out our group tour request form.

You may visit our website prior to your museum visit in order to introduce concepts that are directly aligned with Next Generation Sunshine State standards.

Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

Exhibitions and Information
CGM Exhibitions 2014 - 2015
CGM Fact Sheet
CGM School Programs 2014-2015
CGM Urban Design and Architecture Pre and Post Visit Packet

About the Coral Gables Museum
The Museum’s mission is to celebrate, investigate and explore the civic arts of architecture and urban and environmental design, including fostering an appreciation for the history, vision, and cultural landscape of Coral Gables; promoting beauty and planning as well as historic and environmental preservation for a broad audience, including children, families, and community members, as well as local, regional, national and international visitors. The museum optimizes its mission by cultivating effective partnerships, and providing programming that includes exhibitions, collections, educational offerings, lectures, tours, publications and special events.

Frost Art Museum at FIU
10975 SW 17th Street
Miami , FL 33199

Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

Frost 2014-2015 Season Exhibit Schedule
Art Smart Sculpture Workbook
Sculpture Park Self-Guided Brochure
Mark Messersmith Introduction to Museum Exhibit
Mark Messersmith Student Resource Guide
Mark Messersmith Student Workbook

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is recognized for its innovative exhibitions, outstanding lecture series, and unparalleled outreach to South Florida's diverse audiences. 

The Frost Art Museum caters to schools (K-12) through a variety of educational programs. Tours are an integral part of our educational offerings and are designed to engage students and teachers to improve visual literacy and critical thinking skills, public speaking, problem solving, team work, and to foster a love of learning. We are glad to tailor your tour to meet your classroom needs or interests.

Our programs are designed to be developmentally appropriate and to focus on art integration with core subjects such as Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The Museum offers curricular materials in conjunction with exhibitions for teachers and students grades 3-12.

Students visiting through the Cultural Passport program will participate in a guided tour of the Sculpture Park or Museum exhibitions or both. The students will engage in facilitated discussions that support the development of 21st century skills necessary for college readiness.

Haitian Heritage Museum
4141 NE 2 Avenue #105C
Miami, FL 33137

The Haitian Heritage Museum is the only one of its kind in the world outside of Haiti. The museum is committed to highlighting and preserving Haiti’s rich culture globally by providing a cultural Mecca where individuals from both outside and within our community boundaries can come to enjoy the richness of the Haitian culture.

Haitian Heritage Museum’s unique cultural curriculum and program activities effectively promote diversity and motivate students by building on the strengths of culture, customs and history. Through participation in the museum’s field trip and/or outreach programs, students and their instructors will be introduced to the Haitian culture while also making core curriculum connections by engaging in informal educational activities.

Haitian Heritage Museum programs assist students in making meaningful connections between the arts and other core subjects while further developing their literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills . All museum programs are correlated to MDCPS Pacing Guides and the new Common Core standards. Program experiences can be adapted to individual classroom lesson plans and/or an instructor’s curriculum needs upon special request.

Lowe Art Museum
University of Miami
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables , FL 33124-6310

Tuesday - Friday

Sample Lesson Plan

Bring your students to the Museum with 5000 years of world art. The museum visit will last two hours. Students will explore works of art and participate in small group discussions for an hour with a guide. The tour will be followed by a one hour art activity or an object-based writing exercise. We will allow up to 60 students at one time per visit. Each student will receive a free sticker to take home with them from their visit.

All tours challenge students to engage in a learning experience utilizing critical inquiry, object-based education and visual literacy. The Lowe features Miami's most comprehensive collection of western and non-western art and sits at the heart of the University of Miami. The Lowe has a schedule of rotating exhibitions and 10 permanent galleries. Please visit for our temporary exhibition schedule.

Students are welcome to bring their lunches and eat on the Lowe’s patio after the tour (weather permitting) or they can purchase food at the UM food court or UM Student Center.

MDC Museum of Art + Design
Freedom Tower
600 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami , FL 33132

Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

MDC Museum of Art + Design Exhibitions 2013-2014

MDC Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) is Miami Dade College’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. The mission of the Museum is to promote the appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art from within the College’s extensive permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Furthermore, the Museum presents year-round lectures, symposiums and art related events to expose, educate and engage the greater public through related creative processes.

The MDC Museum of Art + Design provides its patrons and visitors access to unique cultural, historical and educational exhibitions that enrich the greater community while building and preserving an expansive permanent art collection. Miami Dade College has been collecting art since the 1960s. Over the years, the collection has grown contain more than 1,600 works in all mediums and genres, specifically within the movements of minimalism, pop art of the ’60s and ’70s, conceptual art and contemporary Latin American art. The College and Museum actively acquire works by emerging and under-recognized artists, as well as major figures in modern, post-modern and contemporary art.

Arrangements can be made for morning visits from student groups starting at 10:00AM (Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday). For further information, please visit

Museum of Contemporary Art
770 NE 125th Street
North Miami , FL  33161

Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

Museum of Contemporary Art Exhibition Schedule 2012-2013

MOCA invites schools to attend interactive exhibition tours of exciting contemporary art and receive hands-on, enriching activities, and extension projects for the classroom.

The mission of the Museum of Contemporary Art is to make contemporary art accessible to diverse audiences - especially under-served populations - by exploring the art of our time and its relationship to a broader cultural context.  MOCA is internationally recognized as a force in defining new trends and directions in contemporary art. The museum originates most of its own exhibitions, presenting an exciting mix of both emerging and legendary artists.

Visitors from around the world are drawn to its permanent collection reflecting the most important developments in contemporary art. MOCA presents a continuous calendar of lectures by renowned artists and critics, film screenings, concerts, and cutting edge performances. Its MOCA Art Institute has attracted nationwide attention for highly original education and outreach programs that make contemporary art accessible, understandable, and enjoyable to people of all ages. Through enrichment programs, cultural travel and social events, MOCA members are provided dynamic opportunities to enhance their understanding of contemporary art and develop relationships with collectors and art enthusiasts from around the world.

Urban Arts of Greater Miami Tour
Various Locations

Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

Students will visit murals, meet artists, and visit galleries in the historic multi-cultural neighborhoods of Little Haiti, Little Havana, and Wynwood. All tours will end at Wynwood Walls.

The Wolfsonian-FIU
1001 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach , FL 33139

Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

The Wolfsonian-FIU, a museum of art and design located in Miami Beach, welcomes Cultural Passport program participants. Secondary students (grades 6-12) participating in learning expeditions at The Wolfsonian will engage in object-based discussions that build student visual literacy skills, awareness of the active role of design in our daily lives, and the historical impact of art and design during the period of 1850-1945. Through facilitated discussion by museum educators, students and teachers can explore a variety of  themes such as the evolution of style, the power of political propaganda, or the progress of communication. Each theme focuses on a few select objects which highlight historical currents and design trends prevalent in our collection (such as the emergence of advertising and war propaganda, the New Deal Era, the World’s Fairs, mass production and mass transportation, the role of technology in modernity, and more), as well as think about the world of designers, inventors, and even future careers. Tours can be tailored to complement specific course content depending on grade level when planned in advance with a museum educator. Tours may also include a visit to The Wolfsonian Library, if class size allows.

Fifty-minute learning expeditions take place between 10:00 am-1:00 pm Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday. For the student's maximum benefit we limit groups to 30 students per trip, but you may schedule multiple trips to accommodate all of your students.

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