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Preparing for Art Basel Miami 2023: An Art Fair Survival Guide

August 30th, 2023 Art & Culture
Preparing for Art Basel Miami 2023: An Art Fair Survival Guide

Fall is fast approaching, which means it’s time to start prepping for the 21st edition of Art Basel Miami. An event of this caliber may be difficult for even the most seasoned attendees to navigate, but we’ve created a helpful guide on all you need to know to make the most of the 2023 show, without missing a thing. Here are some things you can start doing ahead of time to ensure smooth sailing at this year’s Art Basel Miami.

What is Art Basel?

The world’s premier contemporary art show returns to Miami Beach in 2023 for an exciting three days packed with significant works, films, exhibitions, panels, parties, and more.

When is Art Basel Miami 2023?

The 2023 edition of Art Basel begins Dec. 6 - for VIP guests only - before opening to the public Dec. 8 - 10 (11 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily) at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Where is Art Basel Miami?

Miami Beach Convention Center

1901 Convention Center Dr.

Miami Beach, FL 33139

How do you get to Art Basel Miami?

Getting to Art Basel is a breeze when you book your South Beach stay with The Sagamore Hotel - the 0.4-mile walk to the Convention Center takes less than 10 minutes. From Miami’s original “Art Hotel”, head north on Collins Avenue, take a left on 17th Street, and a right on Washington Avenue. Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are available in Miami Beach and would typically cost around $5 to travel between The Sagamore and the Convention Center, but expect price surging given the magnitude of Art Basel.


What to Pack for Art Basel Miami Beach

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" (no backpacks, suitcases, or trolleys allowed). Comfortable clothes and shoes are a must for all-day browsing. Outside snacks and drinks are prohibited (there will be food and beverage offerings on-site), and they’re stringent on camera requirements. Read the 2023 guidelines and code of conduct so you know all the rules and regulations enforced during the art fest.

Book a Hotel near Art Basel

Art Basel typically draws over 80,000 visitors to the 6.8-square mile neighborhood of South Beach and hotel rooms fill up quickly. Book ahead at The Sagamore Hotel, which offers walking distance to the Miami Beach Convention Center, on-site drink and dining options, a full pool bar, some of the largest rooms in South Beach, pool and beach access, and a unique glimpse into the art culture that embodies the very essence of the property.

What to Expect at Art Basel 2023 - Galleries, Events, and Exhibitions

Nearly 300 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. Discover the leading galleries participating in Art Basel 2023.

Art Basel doesn’t end in the Galleries. From special exhibitions to panel discussions and highlighted works, the art show is packed with programming. Special sectors include the popular Conversations (a series of panels featuring artists, gallerists, curators, collectors, architects, art lawyers, critics, and the like), Survey (art historical projects), Kabinett (a curated exhibit featuring a single artist), Edition (significant and rare publications), Positions (a major project by a single artist), Nova (works created within the last three years), Magazines (international art publications), and Meridians (galleries present ambitious, monumental works in a designated space).

Art Basel Miami 2023 Tickets

Ticket info will be available beginning in October. Stay tuned to their website to see when Art Basel tickets go on sale.


The Sagamore Hotel, Miami’s Original “Art Hotel”

The Sagamore Hotel is located beachside in South Beach, just steps from the Miami Beach Convention Center and the historic Lincoln Road Mall. Read why The Sagamore is the ultimate Miami Beach Club experience.

Keep up with The Sagamore Hotel Blog for everything Art Basel. See A Look at Art Basel Miami and Miami Art Week at The Sagamore for the 2023 editions, coming soon.

Make sure to share a pic of what you get up to with #ArtBasel2023 and if you don’t already, keep up with us by following the Sagamore Instagram for vacation inspiration, our latest exhibitions, exclusive savings, and SoBe happenings. Stay longer and save. Explore all that sunny South Beach has to offer with up to 20% in savings with our Stay Longer, Save More package. Check out our exclusive offers, including one just for Florida residents.

Visiting during Art Basel? See what our guests are saying about us:

“Art Basel…was dope, the NFT, the staff, the party!!! Busta Rhymes…I will be back! Such an amazing team, they took great care of my team. The art was something special. What a way to bring in Basel...” - Jackie L, TripAdvisor

“We were lucky enough to snag a room for Art Basel, and this…boutique hotel was indeed part of the show. The rooms are very large, the location couldn’t be better, and the price was unbeatable!...Fabulous pool bar, easy access to the beach, and a great staff.” - Starchgirl, TripAdvisor

“The Sagamore Hotel's Art Basel Brunch is a fabulous party we look forward to every year.” - Dena Stewart, Google

“Art Basel display in Lobby and the DJ pool party were fantastico.” - Jim Moring, Google

“Perfect location, walking distance from all the best restaurants, bars, clubs, and main shopping street Lincoln Road. Amazing bakery across the street called Rosetta Bakery!...I went during Art Basel, therefore they had added a ton of artwork which was really cool ! The pool was nice…the food, the beach, and pool…The service was great, everyone was so nice and friendly…the room was beautiful and spacious. thank you Sagamore for the nice stay..!!!" - Denisaantonescu, TripAdvisor

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