The Wolfsonian - Florida International University

The Wolfsonian - Florida International University

The Wolfsonian - Florida International University
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Speciality Museums • Educational sites • Art Museums
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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A museum, library, and research center that invites exploration of the persuasive power of art and design.
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia15,772 contributions
Jan 2020
This was my third time in Miami, but the very first I've visited this great museum set in a former warehouse.
I got pretty tired and enough visiting lavish palaces throughout Europe with their opulent stylish furniture, so this one depicting last centuries 20-30's was a great and interesting find for me.
For only few bucks entry fee I could admire Art Deco furniture, retro everyday objects my parents used, as well some pieces of that era's art.
The exhibition is not that big, wont consume much of your time, and is ideally located in the heart of Art Deco district on Washington Av.
Written February 9, 2020
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ElaineAndGreg
Chesterland, OH2,796 contributions
Mar 2022
The Wolfsonian is the brain child of Micky Wolfson, who started not only this museum, but another like it in Genoa Italy.

The museum is unlike most others. It focuses more on art and design from the period from about 1850 to 1950. You are unlikely to see works by Manet or Van Gogh, but it does have countless artistic design items ranging from posters to furniture to unusual objects. The exhibits change every few months, so the exact things on display will vary as well.

The building itself is historic and they have added many design elements, such as a cool Art Deco elevator and many others. The museum is currently undergoing a renovation and expansion. You can still see two floors of displays, but some of the items are on floors that are undergoing construction. When the construction is done, there will also be a display library of sorts for visitors.

The current exhibition focuses on the idea of aerial views, which would have come into being mostly after the invention of the airplane. The exhibition includes vintage posters, futuristic (for the early 1900s) versions of what might come, and many cool objects. One mural/large painting depicts Miami around 1920, with emphasis on new developments that are now around a century old. Another is an enormous globe chandelier with fun elements that include mermaids. The exhibits are artistically designed so you won't just be looking at objects in cases or hanging on a wall.

Take a look at the ceiling on the top floor. It looks like it came out of a medieval castle, but it's really from an automobile dealership. You can tell because elements like wheels and steering wheels are part of the design.

The Wolfsonian is a very easy walk from Ocean Drive and the center of Miami's Art Deco district. It's a fun stop and you will certainly see things you have never seen before.
Written March 28, 2022
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Ckickert
The Hague, The Netherlands71 contributions
Mar 2020
At some point, we got pretty tired of the South Beach spring break crowd. We found the Wolfsonian practically deserted - a shame because their collection is very interesting! It matches South Beach's Art Deco theme, although the collection delves deeper into product design, posters, sculpture, painting, and even city building. Fascinating escape, and warmly recommended to recharge some brain cells!
Written March 8, 2020
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Jonas C
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Couples
My firlfriend and I were very excited about visiting this museum as part of our turist itinerary during our Miami Beach trip. Unfortunatly, it all went wrong from the beginning, we went in 15 min. ago and asked for two tickets to the person at the front desk, this guy mumble something super fast which we couldn't understand that had to do with some floors being closed. So, when we asked if he could please tell us again that information, we replyed in a very rude manner like making fun of us in a very mean way because us weren't understanding. It was absolutely ridiculous as we might not be native english speakers but are stil super fluent and never have a problem whatsoever comunicating in english whenever we travel. To be honest the situation even felt a bit racist, maybe he is just an extremly rude person who hates his job. This person should understand that a lot of turists no native speakers are going to be visiting the museum and should show some respect to them and try to be helpul if they are having a little trouble understanding the language even though in this case it wasn't really about the language (but about his way of just mumbling the words with no energy like he doesn't care enough), probably even a native english speaker would have been difficult to understand him anyway. So we decided to cancel the payment of the tickets and leave tellong him how we weren't feel welcome and his attitude was unacceptable. When we told him so he didn't seem to care at all and not even say sorry or anything. Very disappointing as we really wanted to see this museum but now don't feel of coming back anytime soon.
Written February 16, 2020
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We are so sorry to hear about your experience! If you're still in town—or even if you're not—we'd like to apologize personally. We hope you'll call us at 305.535.2602 and let us do what we can to set things right.
Written February 24, 2020
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Alex Saiz
8 contributions
Mar 2019
I wanted to like this museum. It belongs to my Alma Mater and I lived within two blocks of it. The space is tremendous, and it had an impressive light show entrance. I went there twice and the collections (both the permanent and the featured) were just okay. You see this impressive "art fortress" style building and assumed that the exhibits would be worthy of the space and they were not. Part of me feels like I should give it another chance as the next collection they feature may be more worthy of praise, but how many chances am I going to give it.

If you are in South Beach already, and you are done with the Beach its worth a trip. But it is not worth traveling to South Beach for it. You can see everything they have in maybe 40 mins. So if its hot, and you need to get out of the sun for an hour, give it a chance.
Written February 8, 2020
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Richard H
Chicago, IL8 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Especially if you are a collector, the Wolfsonian is an amazing collection of one man's interests, with a focus on Art Deco in furnishings and everyday objects. It is particularly special to see the handicraft of these objects up close. Interesting to note Mr. Wolfson began his pension for collecting by starting with a Key from a Paris hotel. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon exploring this museum!
Written March 3, 2020
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LadyOnTheRoad132
New York City, NY60 contributions
Feb 2020
We have not been so impressed by the museums in Miami and Miami Beach but we like Art Deco and the art of the 1930’s so we thought we would give The Wolfsonian a try. The collection was amassed by Mickey Wolfson, who turned 80 last fall, and what an amazing eye he has. Wonderful Art Deco furniture, architectural design elements, retro everyday objects as well some unusual pieces of that era's art. The space is a former warehouse building that shows off the art really well. We plan to return before we leave Miami Beach.
Written February 18, 2020
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Canada9424
Toronto Canada50 contributions
Feb 2020
Can't say enough good things about this museum. Really interesting and eclectic collection of art and objects from the 20th century, well-organized and with placards that add to rather than detract from the experience. If you're interested in Art Deco, mid-century modernism, and/or propaganda, check it out.
Written February 8, 2020
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BRIAN B
New York City, NY766 contributions
Jan 2020
This is not a curated museum so much as a private eclectic collection.

Much is art deco making it ideal to be located in Miami with it's art deco buildings.

The quality of the exhibits is very good and will include excellent examples of furniture and a collection of hotel keys from the days before a piece of plastic magnetic card was the norm.

This is well worth a visit if you have any interest at all in design.
Written February 26, 2020
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Andres Rodriguez
Costa De Los Pinos, Spain25 contributions
Jan 2020
Superb collection and very diverse. Illustrations, retro kitchen gear, furniture, art work, paintings, and sculptures. Highly recommend this place. Also it's not overwhelming to go through - I got to explore all the floors in about 2 hours.
Written May 7, 2020
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