The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami Beach

(4.3/5 based on 460+ 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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  • The exhibits were nice, but for the money, I wouldn't take the whole family. Some historical item, some interesting design pieces, but we didn't spend much time there. 
  • The building is very strange... a mass of concrete in the middle of the Art-Deco district. However, interesting exhibitions of contemporary art are displayed inside and it has a beautiful library on the 3rd floor.
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  • I finally visited the Wolfsonian on my sixth trip to Miami Beach. This extremely well-curated museum boasts one of the most impressive design collections of any small museum I've visited. Definitely w...  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!