The world’s premier contemporary art show returns to Miami Beach for an exciting four days packed with significant works, films, exhibitions, panels, and more. An event of this caliber may be difficult for even the most seasoned of Art Basel attendees to navigate, but we’ve created a helpful guide on all you need to know to make the most of the show, while not missing a thing.

The Details

Art Basel will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center with public hours on December 5, 3 - 8 p.m., December 6 and 7, 12 - 8 p.m., and December 8, 12 - 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the West Lobby box office on opening day. Valet service, metered street parking, and public parking garages are available around the Convention Center, but you’ll have to arrive early to beat the 70,000+ crowd. Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are available in Miami Beach, but expect price surging given the magnitude of Art Basel.

The City of Miami Beach makes transportation to and from the event accessible to all visitors, with plenty of free options available. Pick up the free Art Week shuttle at Scope Art Fair, Superfine!, and UNTITLED ART Fair, happening alongside Art Basel on Ocean Drive between 9th and 10th Streets (only a 5-minute walk from WPH) to take to the Convention Center. Shuttle service runs Thursday, December 5, through Saturday, December 7, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 8, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Miami Beach Trolley is also free for riders. Take the South Beach Loop B, which runs north along Washington Avenue (pick it up from WPH at the intersection of Washington Avenue and 12th Street) to Lincoln Road. From Lincoln Road, take the 5-minute walk north to the Convention Center. The trolley runs Monday to Saturday, from 6 a.m. to midnight, and on Sundays, from 8 a.m. to midnight. Follow both the Art Week shuttle and Miami Beach Trolley in real-time by downloading the free Miami Beach eGov app.

What to Bring

Art Basel’s bag policies are strict, so make sure you keep your items confined to a bag no larger than 16" x 8" x 16". Comfortable clothes and shoes are a must for all day browsing. On-the-go snacks and beverages are permitted, but the Convention Center has two self-service food markets and various coffee bars, restaurants, and cafés to grab a quick bite.

The Main Show

Over 200 of the world’s leading Modern and contemporary art galleries set up shop in the Convention Center’s 500,000 sq. ft. of event space. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, film, video, and digital art from over 4,000 artists blanket the floor, from editioned pieces by young artists to museum-caliber masterpieces. Browse the complete list of the galleries here. For an in-depth look at the artwork, Guided Tours are available with Art Nexus during show hours.

More Exhibitions and Events In and Outside the Main Showroom

Art Basel doesn’t end with the galleries. From special exhibitions to panel discussions to highlighted works, the art show is packed with four days of programming. Check out these special sectors:

  • Art Basel’s Conversations returns for a series of panels concerning the global and contemporary art scene. Prominent artists, gallerists, curators, collectors, architects, art lawyers, critics, and more offer their unique perspective on a variety of topics. View the full schedule of talks by clicking the link above, including panels on art and social media’s complex relationship, young art collectors’ expectations, and the global art market in a nationalist world.

  • See precise art historical projects with Art Basel’s Survey. Works include presentations by individual artists, juxtapositions, and thematic exhibits from artists representing a range of cultures, generations, and artistic approaches. 

  • Galleries are able to present a curated exhibit by an artist of their choice with Kabinett.

  • See significant and rare publications with Edition, where leading publishers of editioned works, prints, and multiples exhibit the results of their collaboration with renowned artists.

  • Channel your inner art critic by visiting Positions. The sector was created especially for curators, critics, and collectors to discover new talents by providing a platform for a single artist to present one major project.

  • Nova allows galleries to present one, two, or three artists showing works created within the last three years. Get a first look at never-before-seen pieces fresh from the artist’s studios.

  • Curated by Mexico-City based curator Magali Arriola, Meridians provides galleries with the opportunity to present ambitious, monumental works in a designated space during Art Basel. Visit the Convention Center’s new Grand Ballroom to view these groundbreaking large-scale sculptures, paintings, installations, video projections, and live performances.

  • Continuing Art Basel’s relationship with the Buenos Aires artworld, the outdoor Disruptions exhibition will feature six large-scale artworks by Argentine artists. Catch the exhibition in Collins Park (located just outside the Convention Center), on view throughout the Art Basel show.

All of the sectors are located throughout the main floor of the Convention Center with the exception of Conversations (exact panel rooms TBD), Meridians (Grand Ballroom), and Disruptions (Collins Park). See our Online Resources section below, where we include links to floorplans of the Convention Center and Collins Park, so you can navigate the special sectors with ease.

Online Resources

Have all of Art Basel’s online resources at your fingertips with these helpful links:

Of course, how you do Art Basel is entirely up to you. Make sure to share a pic of what you get up to with #ArtBasel2019 and if you don’t already, keep up with us by following the WPH Instagram. Stay and save! Explore all that sunny South Beach has to offer with up to 40% savings this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.