Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Built in 1916 as a winter retreat, this lavish villa is a tribute to the Italian Renaissance. The museum contains much of the original furnishings and artwork, and is surrounded by lush, formal gardens.
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,564 contributions
Feb 2023
When I first saw Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida, even before I began my tour of the extraordinary 70-room villa and estate built by businessman James Deering of the Deering McCormick International Harvester fortune, it reminded me of American circus mogul John Ringling's Ca' d'zan in Sarasota, Florida. Located on Biscayne Bay in the present day neighborhood of Coconut Grove, the 50-acre complex was constructed between 1914 and 1923 at a cost of $15 million. It includes the villa, extensive Italian Renaissance gardens, native woodland landscape and historic village outbuildings. The villa contains rooms of distinctive architectural interiors decorated with numerous antiques, with an emphasis on 15th through early 19th century European decorative art and furnishings. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, the villa was used by Deering as his winter residence from 1916 until his death in 1925. Because of the villa's exterior and garden architecture that was a composite of different Italian Renaissance villas and gardens, Vizcaya has often been described as the "Hearst Castle of the East," a reference to William Randolph Hearst's San Simeon in California. It features Gilded Age technology, including doorbells, a dumbwaiter and the first telephone system in Miami-Dade County. In the swimming pool grotto, visitors can see one of only two public places in the world to feature a surviving mural by prominent American artist Robert Winthrop Chandler.
Written February 18, 2023
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TravelerWithOpinions
Boston, MA477 contributions
Feb 2023
The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens are worth a visit. The museum is fascinating. We appreciated that there is information about the people who worked there before it was a museum and the impact of climate changes.

It was nice to stroll through the gardens. February is probably not the best time to see them. They are likely much more impressive in the spring and summer.

Water views are beautiful.

Parking is easy.

Staff in museum and cafe are very responsive and welcoming.

P.S. According to the website and signage upon arrival, you have to buy tickets on-line. Unfortunately, this is clunky on a mobile phone and personal information is requested to "register" that is not really necessary. You can just walk up to the ticket counter and buy tickets.
Written February 18, 2023
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RonM
Port of Spain, Trinidad84 contributions
Dec 2021
What a lovely place full of history and great architecture. We really did not expect such old European architecture in the USA. It's a beautiful place to learn about the history of the Deering Estate and relax and enjoy the garden. As of now, you can only purchase tickets online so please ensure you do so before visiting especially if you do not have a data plan. It's only when I got there I realise that I needed to book online, luckily I had a data plan and was able to book.

An audio tour comes with the purchase so download the Vizcaya app befoe and ensure you walk with headsets.

For those wondering how to get there, you can take the Train from downtown Miami and stop at the Vizcaya station. From here you can walk just ask someone for directions.
Written January 10, 2022
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MarkWing
Dallas250 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
Read the other reviews to see what's here. It's definitely worthwhile but the management urgently needs to change their ticketing practices. What they are doing now is stupid, difficult and unnecessary.

Even though there were two real people in the ticket booth, we had to purchase tickets online. Seems like these agents spend most of their day telling people they have to go back to the beginning of the line and scan the QR code to create an account and then purchase tickets online.

At $25 a head, you'd think the workers sitting in the booth could actually sell you a ticket, which would be so much faster and so much less invasive. I watched other customers turn around and leave rather than go through all this rigmarole.

I did the whole thing for our party of three, paid my $75 online, and never got the promised tickets delivered to my email inbox. Had to go back to the booth agent who couldn't sell me tickets and she had to spend 15 minutes trying to find my order on her computer.

Honestly, it took us half an hour with no line to wait in just to get our admission worked out. This is the stupidest, most unfriendly system ever.
Written April 8, 2022
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Emily K
Washington DC, DC90 contributions
Mar 2022
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens was SO BEAUTIFUL. Everything about the architecture in the building, the natural light that came in made it a picture perfect location. I found this to be one of the most beautiful places I have visited in the continental US, I argue even more so than Huntington Gardens in LA or Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in South of France. I recommend going early so there may be less people; lots of photoshoots and and a wedding was being set up which blocked some spaces near the main building. If you cannot park because the lot is full in the main area near the museum, than you have to park across the street. Random note but crossing this one street was nearly impossible as the light never changes for pedestrians to walk; honestly risking your life just to cross the street (hopefully they fix this). Otherwise, this is an absolutely beautiful place to visit over and over again.
Written March 17, 2022
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ymichal
Orlando, FL12 contributions
Nov 2021
We purchased tickets online which apparently in 2021 is the only way to purchase them, they said. Then we waited for the eticket to arrive via email but after an hour, it never did. So we just headed out and went up to the window and told them we never got the email but they were able to look it up and verify we had purchased them so we could go in. Had we known, we could have left earlier, so that was not the greatest. However, the fact that Veterans are FREE, made up for the wait!
The house and gardens are impressive. They had guided tours (have to pay for) and free audio tours which you can take at your leisure by downloading an App on a smart device. They recommend using headphones to listen so as not to disturb the other visitors.
Anyway, we loved seeing the spaces decorated in the period. Looked very authentic. We would have loved to have seen more rooms, but about half of them are closed off to the public. The gardens were much bigger than we expected and some more maintained than others. It would be nice to see the gardens better maintained with more flowering plants throughout. Luckily it was a sunny but cool day, because there is lots of walking, as the gardens are spread out.
Written December 18, 2021
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Laura W
Denver, CO17 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
This place is awesome and should be advertised more. It’s a private residence that was sold to the county for public visits. There is a house and grounds to explore. It’s HOT so be prepared. I had a neck fan that helped a lot. I started outside first. To be honest some of it feels a little weathered but they did state that most of the place was built out of coral stone which does not hold up in the weather. Which I get, but in the gardens there seemed to be some empty foundations that collected rain water and grossness. Yet it was still very rustic looking. But the rotting leaves smelled a little bit. Just in one tiny section though. They were updating the pool so I was a little disappointed to not get the full effect of it. I went to the house next. I really liked the Audio tour. Please be respectful and bring headphones though. Also people need to be more mindful of their picture taking. Don’t spend 10 mins trying to get the perfect selfie when others are trying to take a picture in the same spot. I ate in the cafe and it was honestly the best meal I had during my whole trip to Miami. I had the caprese salad with chicken. I did shop in the gift shop and lots of items didn’t have prices which they need to fix. Also I asked one staff person if there were places to charge your phone if need be and she pointed to one plug that was available. I asked about the cafe and she wasn’t sure. With modern technology and use of phones to buy tickets, get lyft, take the Audio tour you need to know if phone charging is available. I went to the cafe myself to see and there’s a few tables inside with outlets. I was able to use my phone for the audio tour and map and charge my phone later. Please make sure all the staff knows there’s outlets in the cafe. Other than that minor detail this place was awesome and I spent 5 hours there!
Written April 25, 2023
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Boromir1234
San Francisco, CA58 contributions
Jul 2021
It was fun to visit a historical attraction in the Miami area, where most things are so new. This is a high-quality museum with plenty of materials for understanding its history. I think it is interesting for people who like history, botany, and architecture.

I recommend bringing headphones, because the audio tour is essential, it's through a website on your phone, and it's annoying to hold your phone up the whole time.
Written August 22, 2021
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phil-the-badger
Thornbury, UK366 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Easy to find - 5 minute walk from Vizcaya metrorail station.
The museum/house has been very well preserved and maintained with some boards around telling the stories. No paper map is provided although there are maps dotted about but it can be a little difficult to navigate. They provide an app for a free self-guided audio tour but we found it very difficult to use and find our way around with it and lost connection a few times and soon gave up trying to use it.
The gardens and views are spectacular - worth the entrance fee on their own.
Written March 11, 2023
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Daniel A
Columbus, OH317 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
This place consist of the house and gardens, The house is very well decorated and diffrent in almost every room. There are alot of imports and are inside the house theamed with Seahorses and Ships. The cost is a little high for a place like this. $25 per person and no discounts unless your on food stamps which didnt make much sense to me as I work in the travel industry and do reviews all the time. so $50 for 2 people. This is a self guided tour and you download and use the app on your phone in order to do the tour. Its little hard to follow at times as some rooms are blocked off. we saw 2 rooms being worked on and they didnt look authentic so I dont know. Also most of the employees spoke spanish good thing my freind was fluent when asking for help. The house has alot of architecture and history. The gards have the same with the added bonus of sculptures. Its a neat place to visit.
Written June 21, 2022
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