Miami Art Museum – USA, North America
The Miami Art Museum (MAM) is an art museum located in Downtown Miami, Florida, in the United States. It was founded in 1984 as the Center for the Fine Arts, and in 1996 became the Miami Art Museum. The MAM dedicates itself to contemporary art and is located at 101 West Flagler Street in Downtown Miami in the same Miami Cultural Plaza as the Historical Museum of Southern Florida and the Miami-Dade Public Library. Current plans are to transplant the MAM from its current location in the Central Business District to Park West at Bicentennial Park along with the Miami Science Museum with plans for completion around 2013. The MAM receives over 60,000 visitors a year.
The Miami Art Museum is served by the Miami Metrorail at Government Center Station.
In November 2010, construction began on the new MAM building in Museum Park in Downtown Miami. The building is designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron. The new museum building is being built alongside the new Miami Science Museum building at the redesigned park. The building is to be 200,000 square feet, composed of 120,000 interior square footage, and 80,000 exterior square footage. The new MAM building is expected to open in early 2013, and the Miami Science Museum building shall open in 2014.
To build the new museum, the MAM entered into a public/private partnership with the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County. The location on Biscayne Bay has been provided by the City of Miami. The museum costs $220 million to build, with $100 million coming from Miami-Dade voters in bond funding, and $120 from private donors. As of mid-2011, private donors have committed more than $50 million in additional support for the building and institutional endowment. The new MAM will transform Museum Park into a central destination on Miami’s cultural map, promote progressive arts education, build community cohesiveness, and contribute substantially to downtown revitalization.