Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami

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A taste of Europe in Miami, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens once served as the home of businessman James Deering. Begun in 1910, with architecture and gardens modeled on the Mediterranean Revival style, the estate was Deering's winter residence from 1916 until his death in 1925. Today, the museum and gardens attract visitors who are drawn by the villa's collection of antique furniture, tapestries, paintings, and decorative arts. The seaside gardens brim with fountains, sculptures, gazebos, trails, and pools. The estate frequently hosts dignitaries from around the world. Check online for thematic tours and upcoming special events. By using our Miami trip itinerary planning app , you can arrange your visit to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and other attractions in Miami.
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  • Miami's Hearst Castle, Vizcaya is a magnificent mansion with gorgeous gardens. I spent hours there, taking photos of one lovely sight after another. I took a tour with a docent, who was lively and ent...  more »
  • We like to visit places like this. To perform without any hurry a great place of Miami. Their widths and different roads, contemplating its gardens, the stone buildings. The air of the Bay. His stone period decorated as a boat, but says much more. See young Quince enjoying fotigrafia sections, enhances this space. I sincerely invite you to enjoy its history and flora among other charms
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  • Miami has a lot of museums and incredible places to visit, and one of these is to visit Vizcaya, since it houses one of the most impressive museums in USA. Its subtropical gardens are wonderful and full of peace. Vizcaya, a mansion with a wealth of art located in Coconut Grove is one of the historical places of the United States. Its gardens, architecture, attractions and breathtaking beauty is one of the places that tines to know. James Deering, the owner, wanted to create the myth that their home in Miami is named after an Explorer. In doing so, it provided to Vizcaya an air of foreign adventure and discovery, completely appropriate for a property that widely depended on ideas and artifacts from the Atlantic Ocean. Explorers of the Age of Discovery that inspired Deering traveled to the Americas to conquer its people and its natural resources. By contrast, Deering and his companions of the gilded age, representing the new industrial wealth of the United States, traveled to Europe to collect cultural treasures. After the death of Deering, a small team of staff were responsible for the maintenance of the villa. Miami-Dade County acquired the property in 1952 and turned it into a museum. Today it is a national historic landmark. The best way to explore the vast mansion and gardens is to take a brochure which outlines a map with the route and some descriptions of the place. Some of them are: lobby, bedrooms, kitchen, the music room, the pantry of Butler, the dining room, the great stone barge, the statues, and the incredible rides stone vessel located at the front of the mansion. Vizcaya welcomes visitors daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. less Tuesday and some special dates. Some facts to consider: Vizcaya provides the main house guided tours. Tours are given in English, lasts 45 minutes and include the first floor of the main house, and certain areas of the gardens. The timetable of the tours are announced daily. It must be careful with the steps, floors and uneven terrain around the main house, gardens and other areas, so it is advisable to go in rubber shoes. They have no where keep bags, and the entrance of very large bags are not allowed. For those who want to take your pet: only service animals are allowed. To take professional photographs, it has an additional cost. They have a coffee on the left side of the mansion, where you can drink and eat some snacks, cold or hot, as well as having the option to purchase a souvenir of the Museum. Here I leave the address of this magnificent Museum: 3251 South Miami Avenue Miami FL 33129 hope that can enjoy it just as I did! My Network @braunkarina
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  • Vizcaya museum and gardens is one of my favorite places to visit in Miami. The house has such a rich history. You can do self-guided tour‘s, guided tours, or audio tours. Any of these kinds of tours are a great way to visit the house. We chose to do a self-guided tour so we could take our time and read the guides that were at each room. We enjoyed having the time to look at all of the furniture and details that were included when the house was built. The gardens outside are absolutely amazing, make sure you take the time to explore the gardens find the hidden garden, do the hedge maze, and find the area in the back where the gondolas could pull up. The gardens are a great place to get family photos and get amazing views of Biscayne Bay. I would highly recommend taking the time to explore Vizcaya give yourself a couple hours.
  • My favorite place in Miami. Great gardens on the water with incredible views and a historic mansion which gives you a real sense of how people with money lived long ago. The colorful lizards sun basking on heads of old, worn statues was a cool site. Plan to spend hours here taking it all in. Personal photography was allowed outside, but not inside the mansion. Who is going to see you snap a shot of that spiral staircase, though? Nice gift shop, too.
  • Every time visitors were in town I always suggest Vizcaya. It is an inexpensive activity that can be as quick or long as you’d like. The home has extravagant decor and history. The picturesque exterior reminded me of Florence and Venice. The only time I ever had to wait on a line was right at peak Christmas tourism. The Stairs and uneven ground in the gardens may be tough for kids & some adults. Enjoy! PS- it’s too instagram worthy to resist so charge your phone!
  • Step out of Miami and step into Europe without a Passport. Amazingly beautiful European style coral mansion turned into a museum. I actually wanted to get married there many years ago. The gardens are breathtaking. A perfect place to spend the day. Walk around the house, gardens and end your visit with a cup of coffee at their cute cafè
  • Went here for the moonlight tour on a date. Absolutely beautiful. Arrived right before the sun set and enjoyed cocktails. I honestly didn't do the actual tour but walked the grounds and enjoyed the view and beauty of the grounds. Thumbs up
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