The Wolfsonian - Florida International University, Miami Beach

Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Educational Site
Learn about the history and development of art in the shaping of opinion, perception, and thought at The Wolfsonian - Florida International University. Associated with the Smithsonian institutions, the museum houses nearly 180,000 pieces from countries around the world. Follow the rise of modern art from the late 19th century to the end of World War II as you wander its multitude of exhibits and displays, featuring works ranging from modernist furniture and ceramic decorations to more traditional paintings and murals. Stop by the facility's section on propaganda to view its extensive agglomeration of posters and artwork from both the West and the formerly-Communist world. Swing by the gift shop afterward to pick up a souvenir or book about the period covered by the museum. Using our online itinerary creator, Miami Beach attractions like The Wolfsonian - Florida International University can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Fantastic place. US Art culture and design. It is pretty small so easy with kids as you can be done Quick without having to compromise or feel you missed out  more »
  • Superb collection and very diverse. Illustrations, retro kitchen gear, furniture, art work, paintings, and sculptures. Highly recommend this place. Also it's not overwhelming to go through - I got to....  more »
  • It was an all time high exploring the museum what an awesome gem to have in a spectacular setting. I have also added going to the Dali museum. Two of my favorite places to visit in Florida. Two...  more »
  • Lovely art deco collection that has incorporated works from the 1920s through the 1940s into exhibits as well as architectural accents. They have temporary exhibits as well that add flavor to the already extensive museum. We saw the entire facility in 2.5 hours, some may take less time depending on how much you read about the pieces. If you're interested in the design of South Beach's iconic look, stop in and learn more. Gift shop is expensive, but they have a nice coffee bar inside with delightful employees.
  • While it is a very neat museum, the collection is relatively small. Which could be good or bad depending on what you're looking for. If you want a drop all day immersive museum, this is probably not what you're looking for. However, if you want a relatively quick, interesting, and different excersion, this could be right up your alley. Their gift shop/coffee shop is very neat! Some different items than a number of the museum shops I've been in lately (though definitely of the same theme). And the coffee shop is a nice twist. I think it could be a fun little place to read or meet a friend.
  • A lovely place of art and contemplation. The museum of art deco is a breathtaking place, which gives you a perfect mixture of art, things of daily use back in the days, and actual historical information. I highly recommend this place to all art lovers.
  • Fabulous and eclectic museum dedicated to Art Deco in all its forms from furniture to art to appliances to textiles. Not to be missed if your are an art deco fan. Don’t miss the gift shop.
  • I came on a Friday night, as every Friday night from 6-9 PM the Wolfsonian is FREE! It is so much more than an art museum, as in addition to paintings, there are all kinds of random artifacts, including even antique household items, and other objects from the daily lives of people in the past dating as far back as 1850. The gift shop has very interesting items as well. It is not a good place for young kids, as they would probably be bored, and would not be able to observe silence, but anyone with an interest in art or history museums should not be disappointed. As with most of Miami Beach, there is no free parking in the vicinity, but that is not the museum's fault. I will definitely return.

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