The Wolfsonian - Florida International University

The Wolfsonian - Florida International University

The Wolfsonian - Florida International University
4.5
Speciality MuseumsEducational sitesArt Museums
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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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles722 reviews
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CAROLINE H
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Very interesting and beautiful place. Couple of new exhibitions opening soon so 2 floors closed but I had an amazing short visit. Staff very friendly even though I got there an hour before closing.
Written 23 July 2023
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Jeff B
Wesley Chapel, FL3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Almost nothing on display. There was a small exhibition of contemporary art on the 7th floor, one room of anti-fascist stuff on the third, and the lobby. The elevator was programmed to skip floors 2,4,5 and 6. None of the things pictured here… the furniture, decore, etc. were on display. Very disappointing.
Written 12 July 2023
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TandTSwitzerland
Zurich, Switzerland1,175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This is a relatively small museum, but they always have good exhibitions. It is always a good mix of art and political meanings, really interesting. Probably not the mainstream museum, but for art lovers worth a visit, I will always go there when in Miami. One of the few things in Miami that is still on a good level (while many things are getting down…).
Written 3 June 2023
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Brooklyn478
Brooklyn, NY831 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Very unique small museum in art deco building (in art deco section of Miami). My husband and I really enjoyed this small museum and especially two of the current exhibits Plotting Power: Maps & the Modern Age and Turn the Beat Around. Beautiful displayed and curated exhibits with excellent descriptions. We spent about two hours while it was pouring rain outside and had a really nice time at this museum. The coffee in the coffee shop was very good and they have a really nice gift shop too. Purchased a gift for a friend and some Jewlery for myself.
Written 13 April 2023
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Travelin-Light-PA
Philadelphia, PA165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
It's a small museum with exhibits on 1st, 6th, and 7th floors, but well wort a short visit. Excellent exhibit by Roberto Lugo on the top floor, and he also has murals outside. Great gift shot/coffee bar.
Written 11 February 2023
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Diane K
Venice, FL4,472 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
This museum focuses on design - which was very interesting to us. When we were there the main exhibit was how globes and maps were used in advertising. Enjoyed it. Plus the art deco building was interesting too.
Written 11 January 2023
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32Morten
Finland458 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
The building was very nice and worth to see. There was an exhibition related to geography with historical maps and posters. International perspective wad good.
Written 6 January 2023
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ElaineAndGreg
Chesterland, OH2,971 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 28 March 2022
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4historyandculture
Charlotte, NC1,539 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The gentleman by the door was very polite to welcome visitors. It is a huge block of artful information of the 1950’s. We thought it was connected to the International University, but were mistaken. A must visit on Washington Avenue.
Written 6 March 2022
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iamfussy
27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
This avant garde art museum, connected to a university, was a fun stop on a (free) Friday night, and the gift shop attached was better than any other retailer in South Beach. Loved it.
Written 25 January 2022
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