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The Wolfsonian - Florida International University

1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-531-1001
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Ranked #19 of 52 Attractions in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Educational Sites, Art Museums
Owner description: The Wolfsonian–FIU is a museum, library, and research center in the heart of Miami's historic Art Deco district that uses nearly 120,000 objects to... more » Owner description: The Wolfsonian–FIU is a museum, library, and research center in the heart of Miami's historic Art Deco district that uses nearly 120,000 objects to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design. « less
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed the 5th floor galleries displaying the collection of early 20th century art and artifacts. It's a very interesting and eclectic exhibit that, as a whole, offers a nice exploration of the major political, social, economic, and diplomatic forces at work in shaping the "modern world " of the last century. Definitely worth a visit in the mix... More

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Boca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Finally got to this place an was duly impressed. The family amassed quite an eclectic collection of art that was very appealing. Some of the Art Deco pieces are quite memorable .

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Kingstown
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The Norman Bel Geddes exhibition here is excellent value at US$ 7 and the museum is well laid out and relaxed, although spread over several floors. If you love 1920s and 30s style you will not be disappointed here ( its on the Art Deco self guided tour route so you could combine the two ).

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Miami
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is a museum more or less dedicated to style. There are always older posters, furniture, household items which have interesting designs and items of this nature. Free admission on Friday night.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is a very special museum with a small focus but a large collection. Its stated mission, which is about "propaganda art," belies the extent of what they do. Their shows are beautifully curated and the museum is located right in the heart of South Beach.

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glendale, ca.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Wonderful Art Deco radios and appliances. Well curated exhibit. Senior fee of only 5 dollars was quite reasonable.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The art collection in this museum focuses on art deco and covers a wide range of art pieces. At the time I went, there was a fascinating exhibition about Norman Bel Geddes with tons of drawings, recordings and models on display. I'm not sure if there is a great affluence of visitors as I only saw one other person in... More

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Sebastian, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Museum is dedicated to early 20th Century design and what one could call Futurism. The Exhibits on 2 floors were quite interesting and a mix of unique design and social commentary.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Admission was $7 and if you complete a survey at the end of your visit you receive a voucher for another free visit. The current exhibition through 9/28/14 Is about Norman Bel Geddes. Beautiful arts and crafts, Belle Epoque. Interesting special exhibits.The library is not open every day. Plan on spending at least 90 minutes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Visited museum to see travelling Norman Bel Geddes exhibit, based on seeing an advertising card at the Deco Welcome Center. Found this to be an excellent reasonably priced facility with great permanent collection on design/deco, too. Nice gift shop/book store. First class facility, worth a visit, particularly if you're into Moderne or Deco design. Some nice art work, too. Will... More

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