The Wolfsonian - Florida International University, Miami Beach

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Learn about the history and development of art in the shaping of opinion, perception, and thought at The Wolfsonian - Florida International University. Associated with the Smithsonian institutions, the museum houses nearly 180,000 pieces from countries around the world. Follow the rise of modern art from the late 19th century to the end of World War II as you wander its multitude of exhibits and displays, featuring works ranging from modernist furniture and ceramic decorations to more traditional paintings and murals. Stop by the facility's section on propaganda to view its extensive agglomeration of posters and artwork from both the West and the formerly-Communist world. Swing by the gift shop afterward to pick up a souvenir or book about the period covered by the museum. Using our online itinerary creator, Miami Beach attractions like The Wolfsonian - Florida International University can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It is free on Friday evenings after 6 PM. I recommend arriving for 6PM so you can take the guided tour. The docent did a great job with giving a brief history of the museum, of the founder and some of...  more »
  • Best place visited in South Beach, Miami. Two hours is not enough to get all the details. Forniture, tea and coffee assembles, rare objects difficult to see elsewhere.  more »
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  • Lovely art deco collection that has incorporated works from the 1920s through the 1940s into exhibits as well as architectural accents. They have temporary exhibits as well that add flavor to the already extensive museum. We saw the entire facility in 2.5 hours, some may take less time depending on how much you read about the pieces. If you're interested in the design of South Beach's iconic look, stop in and learn more. Gift shop is expensive, but they have a nice coffee bar inside with delightful employees.
  • While it is a very neat museum, the collection is relatively small. Which could be good or bad depending on what you're looking for. If you want a drop all day immersive museum, this is probably not what you're looking for. However, if you want a relatively quick, interesting, and different excersion, this could be right up your alley. Their gift shop/coffee shop is very neat! Some different items than a number of the museum shops I've been in lately (though definitely of the same theme). And the coffee shop is a nice twist. I think it could be a fun little place to read or meet a friend.
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