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“Great fun for a rainy day” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Wolfsonian - Florida International University

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
Type: Specialty Museums, Educational Sites, Art Museums
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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.
St. Louis
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28 reviews 28 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great fun for a rainy day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

Historical Museum meets art. This place is pretty cool. I enjoy myself every time and learn something new.

Visited December 2010
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Takoma Park, MD
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

we went on friday nite before dinner.....nice destination with some interesting collections. Great architecture to the building.

Visited November 2011
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New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011

I finally made it to the Wolfsonian Museum in South Beach and I highly recommend it. The permanent collection consists mostly of design objects (furniture, appliances, techno devices, tableware, utensils, etc.), but there is also some art. There was a great exhibit of London subway posters from the first half of 20th century.
Loved the vaulted ceiling in the elevator. The whole building is a gem. And the gift shop is really good.

Visited August 2011
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Dallas, Texas
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3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Quick Cool off Museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

We stopped here on a Friday evening because the museum was free after 5pm. The AC was refreshing and there was a beautiful fountain in the lobby. There was only one exhibit we visited and it was pretty cool. A lot of art deco inspired objects and furniture. They also had some 30s advertisements that were nice. There was way too much security for the small amount of items.

Visited June 2011
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Berkeley, CA
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Excellent museum--for the right audience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2011

This is an amazing small museum if you're interested in graphic design, and especially the art and culture of the 1930s, which is the decade most heavily represented. The curatorial staff here must be excellent--I've only been able to visit twice in 11 years, but both times I was extremely impressed with the organization, visual presentation, and content of the special exhibits. (The two I saw were about the "branding" of Nazi Germany, and the impact of "speed" on modern life, just to give an idea of the kinds of exhibits created here.) The permanent collection fascinates me: paintings, furniture, posters, and everyday household objects illustrate the best of twentieth-century design. Examples include posters by Ludwig Hohlwein and E. McKnight-Kauffer, Art Deco clocks, and early-twentieth-century furniture and fixtures. Paintings include works by Italian Futurists and little-known but talented WPA artists. The Wolfsonian building itself is elegant and gemlike. However, the museum is probably most interesting to a niche audience. Not everyone will be interested to see stoves and posters advertising light bulbs, even if they are done in the fabulous Art Deco style.

Visited January 2011
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