Cultural Passport

Secondary Experiences

Visual Arts

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 on the menu on the right 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.

Pre and Post resources will be provided once your tour is booked.

Our award-winning IDEAS methodology serves as the base for all education programs and offerings throughout the museum. Developed in conjunction with Stanford University’s acclaimed Institute of Design, the IDEAS program uses design thinking, an open-ended method of problem-solving that allows participants to brainstorm and engage multi-disciplinarily, while learning about the museum’s collection and contemporary art exhibits. This method of engagement spans South Florida’s diverse population and inspires lifelong learning through a dynamic array of offerings for youth, families and adults.

Students will explore various aspects of the permanent collection and contemporary exhibitions through an interactive guided tour. Trained educators facilitate engaging discussions and activities involving reading, writing, drawing, or role playing in response to works on view. Following the museum tour, students participate in a related hands-on art project to be taken home at the end of the experience. Teachers and students are encouraged to bring their lunches to eat in Collins Park, or reserve one of our appropriate museum spaces free of charge. Online pre and post lessons for use by the teacher in the classroom are also included. Duration: 2 hours

Additional art experiences where The Bass brings the museum to your classroom may also be booked!  For more information, contact You may visit our website prior to your museum visit in order to introduce concepts that are directly aligned with Florida Standards.

About the Site
The Bass is Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum. Focusing on exhibitions of international contemporary art, The Bass presents mid-career and established artists reflecting the spirit and international character of Miami Beach. The Bass seeks to expand the interpretation of contemporary art by incorporating disciplines of contemporary culture, such as design, fashion and architecture, into the exhibition program.

The Bass Museum of Art opened in 1964 through the donation of a private collection by John and Johanna Bass to the City of Miami Beach. The museum opened in what was formerly the Miami Beach Public Library and Art Center, a 1930s Art Deco building designed by Russell Pancoast, grandson of Miami Beach pioneer John Collins. The building itself already had a rich history on Miami Beach as the first public exhibition space for art in South Florida, and was placed on the National Register in 1978.

In 2001, the original museum building was renovated, and a new wing, designed by renowned architect Arata Isozaki, was added to house galleries, offices and a museum shop. The new galleries gave the museum a total of 16,000 square feet of exhibition space, essential for the presentation of temporary exhibitions and continued growth.

In 2009, The Bass experienced another wave of institutional growth as it consolidated its governance in a 501c3 non-profit corporation, hired a new director and developed a new board. The museum re-focused its mission and programming to reflect the new development of Miami Beach as an art destination, catering to the evolving and diverse nature of Miami Beach residents and tourists.

In 2017, The Bass concludes its long-awaited transformation and reopens to the public Fall 2017. Again working with architects Arata Isozaki and David Gauld, the renovation expands the internal structure to create an almost 50 percent increase in programmable space, including three new galleries, a museum store and cafe, and a designated education facility to better serve expanded programs and increased attendance.

Coral Gables Museum

285 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

About the Site
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.

About the Site
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

About the Site
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.

INstitute of Contemporary Art

4040 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33137

About the Site
The Institute of Contemporary Art Miami offers schools, and youth organizations opportunities to learn about contemporary art through our educator-led tours.  Two-hour, interactive, inquiry-based tour experience includes hands-on activities that engage students and youth in contemporary art and develops critical thinking skills.  Indoor space available for lunch (not provided) is available upon request.

Maximum of 40 students per trip, but teachers may schedule multiple dates to accommodate more students.

Lowe Art Museum

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

Tuesday - Friday

Object-Based Learning: History, Culture & Art

About the Site
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.

About the Site
MDC Museum of Art + Design (MOA+D) is Miami Dade College's flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed within the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. MDC MOA+D 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, Freedom Tower archives, and newly established design collection.

The mission of MDC MOA+D is to encourage the appreciation and understanding of visual aesthetics through direct engagement with original works of art and design, and serves as a catalyst for the cultivation of creative dialog and diverse perspectives through the arts. While building and preserving its collections in trust for future generations, the Museum is an accessible educational resource for students and faculty as well as the greater South Florida Community.

MDC MOA+D is one of the most accessible institutions in South Florida with the ability to reach diverse audiences and where encounters with great works of art, design and culture happen around every corner.Support MDC MOA+D and the Historic Freedom Tower by becoming a Member , make a special connection preserving history and help keep the Museum FREE for all visitors.

All guided tours are approximately one hour and include both museum exhibitions and first floor of the Freedom Tower.

Museum of Contemporary Art

770 NE 125th Street
North Miami , FL  33161

Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

About the Site
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.

The Wolfsonian-FIU

1001 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach , FL 33139

Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

About the Site
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.


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