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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 50 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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Florham Park
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Fort Lauderdale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

liked the entire collections of the 7th and 5th floors....did not visit the 3rd floor. from Norman Bel Geddes theartre to architecture struggles and successes to propraganda posters and other items, to the iconic art deco pieces an art deco interior architecture.

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Hermitage, Tennessee
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92 reviews 92 reviews
6 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Since I knew little about this 'quirky' museum/art collector's collection, I wanted to attend when there was no admission fee. I was happy to discover that free admission was on Friday evenings! I am not a huge fan of Art Deco art per se. I do love seeing the different hotels/buidlings from the Art Deco era, not so much art,knick-knacky... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed this museum. It was recommended during the Art Deco Walking Tour and was a nice continuation of the Art Deco design and meaning. The museum had a temporary exhibit of the work of Norman Bel Geddes, the American theatrical and industrial designer which we found very informative. A great way to spend the afternoon!

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New York City, New York
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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56 reviews 56 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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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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