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“Oustanding Museum” 5 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 #17 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.
Narberth, Pennsylvania
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Oustanding Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

We toured the museum with an excellent docent. The collections are spectacular with superb displays. The art deco and art nouveaux collections are wonderful. The museum is a real find.

Visited February 2013
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Ian R, Manager at The Wolfsonian - Florida International University, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the museum - especially the art deco and art nouveau objects. Also happy that you were able to tour the museum with our docent and had a great time. Come see us again when you are in the area!

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Philadelphia
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“A museum that makes you think”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Look, we are museum hounds...and this was a free for all eye opener. Dedicated to labor and what man makes, it is a decorative arts museum with a twist. Interesting objects, juxtaposed in interesting ways, and never boring. This time we as special exhibits on wiener werkstatte postcards, fabulous, and the other on expositions on labor...hard to describe but interesting. Go...it is a real change from art deco architecture and $25 drinks.

Visited March 2013
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Ian R, Manager at The Wolfsonian - Florida International University, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the museum - especially our special exhibitions. So happy to hear how much you enjoyed the change of pace... Come see us again when you are in the area!

-The Wolfsonian-FIU
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Southampton
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“ok .. I didn't get any of it”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

we went to visit this museum based on the review... well... I visited the place in less than 10 min and left running outside! It is contemporary, nothing special except if you want to see Leicester sign, a 1950 table chair... It looked like a collection from someone who loves the early century (20th) items.. but coming from Europe, I'm not getting excited by something that is less than 100 years old!! nothing special unless you are one of those people who loves early century collections :o)
Personally, it wasn't my thing.

Visited February 2013
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Ian R, Manager at The Wolfsonian - Florida International University, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Thank you so much for writing a review and for visiting the museum. Indeed it is a unique collection -- and with a focus on the time period of 1885-1945, we most certainly love early 20th century objects! Changing exhibitions let us explore new ideas our collection can be interpreted and presented, but we're sorry you didn't enjoy your visit.

Thanks again for visiting,
-The Wolfsonian-FIU
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Charlottesville, Va
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“Tons of great artifacts 1900-1950”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

After you've soaked up some sun, check this place out for some unexpected artifacts. The museum contains everything from Nazi propaganda posters to "state of the art" appliances from the 1900s - 1950s. Guided tours are given for free each Friday evening. We arrived after a quick shower and change from the beach and were greeted with a happy hour until the tour began. Was a nice change of pace from the Miami Beach cliche. The building's content and history are worth an hour of your time, if not more.

Visited February 2013
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Ian R, Manager at The Wolfsonian - Florida International University, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the museum, and were able to take advantage of free tour and admission on Friday night. So happy to hear how much you enjoyed the change of pace... Come see us again when you are in the area!

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New York City, New York
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“Very manageable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

You don't necessarily go to Miami to visit museums, but I enjoyed the Wolfsonian. They have three floors open and you can do the museum in 90 minutes. I really liked the post card exhibit and the permanent collection. There are also free concerts in the lobby fairly often, so call ahead and maybe plan your visit around that. We saw a pianist and violinist who played Debussy and Beethoven and it was a lovely experience.

Visited February 2013
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Ian R, Manager at The Wolfsonian - Florida International University, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the museum, especially the Wiener Werkstatte poscards and our permanent collection. And a free concert to top it off - we're glad you had a great time. Come see us again!

-The Wolfsonian-FIU
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