Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

4.8/5 (4 Reviews)
Miami’s own National Historic Landmark; this building and gardens boast nearly a 100 year history, and a palatial interior that is comparable to royal estates found in the cultural hot spots of Europe. Don’t miss this stunning museum and gardens for a day of culture and beauty in a very romantic setting.
  • Adult gate price $18.00
  • Child gate price $6.00
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This National Historic Landmark, built by businessman James Deering in 1916, is one of the Miami area’s cultural highlights, and should not be missed. Vizcaya Museum itself looks like a Venetian palace, and its nearly 100-year history is as rich as the items it houses. Its location on the water, and its stunning gardens make it a versatile destination—great to visit the gardens on a warm day, or spend a few hours inside during a Florida downpour.

The collections housed within Vizcaya Museum span 2,000 years, and include North American, European and Asian artifacts and art. Also on display is a stunning collection of orchids featured in the David A. Klein Orchidarium just north of Vizcaya’s Main House. The design of the building itself is spectacular, and visitors should pay attention to its ornate features while walking through and checking out the collection. Here are some of the highlights you’ll see at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens:

The Entrance Loggia: The grand Loggia entrance was originally open to the outdoors, and features vaulting and marble work that shade visitors from the heat.

The Guest Bedrooms: Each guest bedroom at Vizcaya is named for a famous person, style, or place that its design evokes. For example, visitors can walk through the regal “Espagnolette” room, named for a decorative motif derived from ladies’ fancy lace collars. You’ll understand when you see it! The “Cathay” guest room is inspired by China, and is famous for once having housed silent movie star Lilian Gish.

Deering’s Bedroom: The bedroom of the designer himself stands at the center of the museum’s east side, and is complete with lavish oriental carpet, French-inspired wallpaper, and an exquisite fireplace.

The Gardens: The whole estate is set on 50 acres of land, which consists of Italian Renaissance gardens, and native jungle forest land that is home to local wildlife and flora.

Guided tours of Vizcaya are available daily, with English tours offered Wednesday through Monday at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Spanish tours depart Friday at 2:00 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Please note that guided tours are subject to the availability of volunteer guides. Guided audio tours are available for an additional fee and are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Creole.

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Must see in Miami
By vw94 Verified Reviewer from Leoben, Austria on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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We used the Miami Go Select Card and had no problem at the entrance. Everything worked well. We decided to do the Audioguide-Tour and this I really can recommend. The Museum is really cool also for Europeans because it is really funny to guess if the furniture is really old or if it only looks like this. It is really impressive to see this building and the gardens.

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

A must see!!!
By Juju Verified Reviewer from Miami, Florida on
Pros:
Amazing Architecture, Rich history, Beautiful gardens
Cons:
Gardens Hot In Summer,
Best Uses:
Sweet Sixteens, Filming Location, Fund Raisers Quinces Weddings Formal Events
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations :

I have been to Vizcaya many times. It is worth the visit. If you are into details and have the time to spend at Vizcaya, I recommend the audio tour. The audio tour provides a thorough explanation of the features in the gardens and the house. It is very hot outside in the summer, be sure to drink plenty of water.

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It was ok
By M Verified Reviewer from Virginia Beach, VA on

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If you like history and gardens, this place was good. For the poeple who do not, do not go to this place. You can not take pictures when you go through the house.

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[4 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Awesome
By Trish from postal1217[@] on
Pros:
The History Was Amazing, Gorgeous, Loved this one
Cons:
Construction but its okay,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations :

We weren't sure if we should do this one. Boy were we glad we did. Absolutely gorgeous AND facsinating. If you love history, architecture, or just plain quality you will love this. The museum was absolutely gorgeous, as were the gardens. This was a good one.

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Phone: (305) 250-9133

Address

3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129

Hours

Wednesday–Monday, 9:30 am-4:30 pm.

Closings

Tuesdays,Thanksgiving,and Christmas Day. All holidays are subject to change without notice.
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Address

3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129

Driving Directions

From Miami, take I-95 South to Exit #1A/SW 25 Road, stay in the right hand lane and follow the signs to Vizcaya.
Present your pass at the ticket booth.

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