The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami Beach

(4.3/5 based on 500 reviews on the web)
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. The Wolfsonian-Florida International University is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Miami Beach Edition.
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TripAdvisor
  • We were blown away by the quality and quantity of art in this classy building. I am a museum person and this is one of the finest I've ever been in. Currently there is a show on Dutch design that shou...  more »
  • Really enjoyed our recent visit to the Wolfsonian, a design museum in a large art deco building in Miami Beach. Has a beautiful permanent collection and had an excellent special exhibit of Dutch decor...  more »
  • This museum has an eclectic selection of exhibits spread over three floors but it is clear that every exhibit is thoughtfully chosen and carefully placed. US recent history is displayed without fear a...  more »
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  • A really wonderful museum, housed within a wonderful building. There are a wide range of art deco objects on display, including some fine posters from the period. Really worth seeing to place in context alongside the art deco buildings elsewhere in Miami Beach.
  • I'm not much of an admirer of art, but I do like history. This place was described to me as a propaganda museum which led me to believe it was like war time propaganda. But that's not really what the focus was. The focus was more of Cuban-American relations through history. So this wasn't really what I expected. However, I have no doubt that there are lots of people that would appreciate it. For it not being what I expected, I'm giving it 4/5 stars. It was free to get in on Friday evening which was nice.
  • Nice little museum! Definitely worth checking out.
  • Great little museum hidden away from almost everything. Highly recommended.
  • Really worth a visit when you visit Miami!