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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 48 attractions in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Huntington Beach, California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
33 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

as part of our small group art deco tour - we were allow inside for a small part to view a ' gold gilded facade ' gorgeous and some art.. must go on Fridays when it's FREE to the public...

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San Francisco
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Wonderful museum in South Beach that gives history of art deco. Also has interesting temporary exhibitions. Reasonable cost. Lovely gift/book store with cafe; can sit and relax even if you don't purchase anything.

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

Thank you so much for writing. We are thrilled you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon! More

Charlotte, North Carolina
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135 reviews 135 reviews
8 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

As out-of-town visitors to Miami Beach we'd never heard of the Wolfsonian and were quite surprised by the quality of the exhibits, which we found well-conceived and explained in the text panels and labels. My suggestion would be to check out the current exhibitions and if you're interested in what they promise, a visit should be worth the time.

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

We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit. Thanks so much for writing and come back soon! More

Columbus, GA
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83 reviews 83 reviews
41 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This museum has a very focused and interesting collection, but it is rather narrow in scope. Visitors will encounter all types of things they expected in a design museum with a focus on the early 1900s, and a lot they wouldn't...like old radios. It's an interesting place in an interesting historic building on Miami Beach. Can't say I understood it... More

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

We're glad you found the collection so interesting. There's definitely a lot to be seen from an incredibly rich historical period. We hope you'll be back soon! More

New York City, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Made a nice break for me to walk around this Museum and since I am interested in Italian design the current exhibit on Italian design from the 1920s and 1930s was perfect for me. If you like streamlined and art deco designs this is a must see. Also one floor had a variety of permanent items on display also showing... More

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Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We didn't find these exhibits particularly interesting--seemed a bit of a hodgepodge of objects and not well curated. We typically love museums of all sorts and were disappointed.

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

We're so sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your visit! Please let us know next time you're in Miami- we'd love to have you join a curator-led tour or explore the exhibitions further-- on us! Thank you for taking the time to write. More

allentown, pa
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133 reviews 133 reviews
40 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We enjoyed both the temporary exhibit on Italian Interwar and the permanent exhibit. We spent about an hour and a half in air conditioned comfort!

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

Thank you for writing! Come back and bask in the culture (and a/c) any time! More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

Interesting post WW1 exhibit of Italy. Just 3 floors but a very reasonable admission fee. The museum cafe was a fun change of pace and great for lunch.

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

We're glad you enjoyed it! We hope to welcome you back soon. Thanks so much for taking the time to write. More

Maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

A friend and I were among the first visitors on a weekday in January. The reception was not warm as we paid, and it only went downhill from there. When I asked if the museum housed one man's collection, the young employee said she had no idea. Really? Next at least three security staff were stationed in every single room... More

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

We're sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your experience! We strive to make every guest feel welcome and informed-- please come back, anytime, with free admission, or join one of our Friday curator-led tours or other events. We don't want anyone to miss out on this fascinating collection. Thanks for writing! More

Albany, New York
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135 reviews 135 reviews
54 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Two blocks back from Ocean Drive, this excellent and unusual collection in a great setting was great in itself -- and a nice break from the Ocean Drive action

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

Thank you for writing! We hope you'll be back soon. More

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