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The Wolfsonian - Florida International University

1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-531-1001
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Ranked #16 of 47 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

If you are an art deco fan, this is your place. The permanent collection features so many cool art deco pieces-from furniture to appliances to tchotchkes. The visiting exhibit about Norman Bel Geddes who designed the Futurama/Tomorowland exhibit for the 39 Worlds Fair was a knockout.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

it is definitely worth spending an hour or so in the museum on the 5th floor. A lot of nice artwork and historic artifacts.

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Interesting collection in a beautiful art deco building. it was very nice and pleasant. But my discovery was situated on 10th street just next to the museum. I walked and heard some french music and I discovered the nicest shop in south beach. French clothes, one nicer than the other. the owner, a cute little french girl recently opened her... More

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Cranston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We started our exploration of Miami Beach by walking, followed by ab trip to the Jewish Museum of Florida, next day by a Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation Action League. Our trip to the Wolfsonian was a great conclusion - it helped us to cross the T's and dot the I's - and by doing this learn a... More

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

A treasure trove of wonderful Art Deco items - many of which we would love in our home! The museum is very well laid out and there is a convenient on-site coffee shop. Would highly recommend.

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Boone, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Many visitors may not appreciate the nuances of presenting an exception collection such as the Wolfsonian's to the public. As a museum professional, I find visiting the Wolfsonian to be an rewarding experience. The digitization, registration and conservation of the collection are behind the scenes efforts integral to the survival of the collection. The Wolfsonian also offers opportunities for arts... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

FIU tour with a friend who is an instructor. So, not a typical college tour, but the Cuban Coffee and the living roof was very interesting for me.

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Ian R, Public Relations Manager at The Wolfsonian - Florida International University, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! We hope you'll come back-- we offer a free, curator-led tour every Friday! More

Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Love the Wolfsonian Museum and the whole story behind how it was formed. Hats off to Mitchell Wolfson Jr. for donating his collection to Florida International University. My favorite was the art deco tiles saved from the theater in Pennsylvania that are now displayed in the lobby. Great gift shop with some of the best design and art deco books... More

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Ian R, Public Relations Manager at The Wolfsonian - Florida International University, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the shop. More

Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

We read the museum had a display depicting design in Italy from years between WWI and WWII. These were interesting years in Europe so we decided to have a look. Well worth the time and fee to visit. The museum itself is nicely laid out and is in the art deco style prominent in South Beach. The show displayed every... More

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Ian R, Public Relations Manager at The Wolfsonian - Florida International University, responded to this review

We're so glad you took the time to visit and wander through the collection. We hope you'll be back soon! More

Washington DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

If you had all the money to collect whatever you wanted and then create a museum the Wolfsonian is what you would get. Amazing and beautiful pieces from the era between WWI and WWII. Interesting to see pieces that usually are not PC to exhibit. (Nazi and Fascist propaganda) Unique and stunning galleries. I wish there was more info on... More

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