Institute of Contemporary Art ICA Miami
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As the art world prepares to head to Miami for the annual Art Basel festival, the city is preparing a new art attraction that will stay long after the festival closes its doors.

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) will open its new museum in Miami’s Design District on December 1. But unlike most of the other art week events, this one is committed to being open and accessible to all.

Institute of Contemporary Art ICA Miami
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Entry to the museum will be free for all. However, visitors must reserve tickets online in advance. The museum will also host free public programs, introducing the public to its permanent art collection and exhibits. It is privately funded and built and will be privately run.

“We’ve made a commitment and a decision to maintain a no-admissions policy,” museum director Ellen Salpeter told Miami New Times. “We believe everyone should have access to the arts, and all of our public programs are free as well.”

The opening exhibit at the ICA, “The Everywhere Studio,” will include works from modern masters like Pablo Picasso, Yves Klein and Roy Lichtenstein alongside working contemporary artists. In fact, the whole museum evolved from a commitment to showcasing emerging and undiscovered talent. According to the museum, 60 percent of the work in exhibitions will be the first time the artist has shown in the United States.

Institute of Contemporary Art ICA Miami
Credit: Courtesy of the Estate Anna Oppermann; Galerie Barbara Thumm. Photo by Jens Ziehe.

Gallery space will stretch across the new building’s 20,000 square feet (three floors) while a 15,000-foot sculpture garden waits for visitors outside.

ICA Miami was purposefully built without a cafe or restaurant space. Instead, owners are hoping to encourage visitors to tour the nearby blocks and ever-growing Design District scene.

The museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.