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“A most pleasant and informative learning experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League

The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League
1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Flamingo / Lummus)
305-763-8026
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Ranked #9 of 114 activities in Miami Beach
Type: Tours
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Sponsored by the Miami Design Preservation League, the daily walking tours of the Miami Beach historic district are a terrific way to see the amazing architecture of the area. The tour guides are knowledgable and helpful.The ninety-minute tour provides an introduction to the Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival, and Miami Modern (MiMo) styles found within the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District. Explore hotels, restaurants, and other commercial structures with a visit to a number of interiors. The tours depart from the Art Deco Gift Shop at 1001 Ocean Drive (at 10th Street) on the following schedule:Mondays at 10:30 am Tuesdays at 10:30 am Wednesdays at 10:30 am Thursdays at 6:30 pm Fridays at 10:30 am Saturdays at 10:30am Sundays at 10:30 am You do not need to make advance reservations - simply arrive at the Art Deco Gift Shop within 10-15 minutes of the scheduled departure time in order to purchase your ticket.
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“A most pleasant and informative learning experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We enjoyed a marvelous walk through the Art Deco area of South Beach sponsored by the Miami Design Preservation League. It was enhanced by the knowledge and very pleasant demeanor of our guide, Jeff. His love of architecture as well as his love of Miami permeated his presentation. He engaged the participants in the tour, encouraging questions and comments. We recommend it highly!

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“Avoid guide Marty Mueller”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We took the Art Deco Walking tour at 10:30 with guide Marty Mueller. While the information he provided was good, his behaviour wasn't. At the beginning of the tour, he asked all participants in which hotel they are staying. This is private information in my mind. When I asked him politely between stops while he was walking on the pavement a question about art deco in Miami Beach he became aggressive and said "THIS IS A GROUP TOUR! YOU MUST STAY WITH THE GROUP! ASK YOUR QUESTIONS IN THE GROUP!" However, he never invited or awaited questions during his stops. Before this incident, I had asked him the meaning of "portholes" (English is not my mother tongue). Towards the end of the tour, he pointed out portholes on a building and said to me in front of the group "These are portholes." and then to the group "My German friend didn't know the meaning." I find this unnecessary. In a hotel lobby, he selected a tour participant and asked him what bird was in the middle of a painting (a flamingo), what color it had and why. He then narrated ironically that a prior participant said it is art deco pink. I find it inappropriate to put a customer on the spot and to make fun of a prior customer. I got the feeling Mr. Mueller is under the impression that he paid us to follow him and listen.

I have taken over 100 tours worldwide and never written a complaint.

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mdpl76, Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
First and foremost, our sincerest apologies for your unpleasant experience and thank you, for bringing this to our attention. Your complaint has been taken seriously, forwarded and addressed. I am pleased to hear you learned a lot during the tour. We have talked to Marty regarding this issue and he also apologizes for anything he said that offended you, it certainly was not his intention.

As a a non-profit organization devoted to preserving, protecting, and promoting the Art Deco Historic District, where historic preservation is a concern, we want to create awareness of our plight. Secondly, we want our tour participants to be provided with the best information available, learn about the importance of preservation and leave having had the best experience possible. Overall, Mr. Mueller is an excellent tour guide, and this complaint comes as a surprise, and a first. Nonetheless, it is not taken lightly.

MDPL is the private primary advocate for historic preservation in the City of Miami Beach and your support helps us to continue with these efforts, with our tours being the life-line of our organization. We depend highly on the volunteer efforts of our guides who are passionate of this endeavor, hence, making this incident an unfortunate one. It is our hope that your overall visit to Miami Beach was a pleasant one and that this incident not negatively reflect on us as an organization, but that of an unpleasant personal experience. As such, we would like to offer you a full refund, a complimentary tour or both. Again, our sincerest apologies and regret to hear that this took place.
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“Beautiful.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Take the dusk tour!! Its worth the small fee and you get much more than just history. Our tour guide made us feel and see the true personality of each area.

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“Enthusiastic Tour Guide”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

My recent walking tour of the Art Deco neighbourhood was very enjoyable. Kent was knowledgeable, and I could tell that he really cares about this district. I learned a great deal about the history of South Beach and Miami, the architecture and the colorful characters who have visited and lived here. The length of the tour is fine @ 90 minutes. Kent made a point of directing the group to shady areas as often as possible. It is good value for the money.

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“Interesting experience yet few opportunities for improvements”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We took a mrning tour on Thursday as there are 2 tours planned for Thursdays. We booked the tour 10 minutes before deparure while it looked like kind of an overbooking as many people gathered around. Our guide was pamela which was very knowledgeable and clear with the History of Miami Beach. As apparently seen at the booking time there were too many people attending the tour where the tour rep asked if there are people interested with taking the evening tour which didn't help too much with this regard. All in all the tour was very informative about the Miami Beach history and let us visit spot locations inside few hotels including getting to a roof top of one of the hotels overlooking the area which was very nice. One down side was that our tour guide did not wait for the entire group to gather around before providing the related stories. Due to the size of the group it was somewhat difficult to catch up the descriptions provided as they mostly initiated before all group members were close enough to hear them. To summarize, I would take this tour again, however an improvement with the above topics will help to further make this tour more effective

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