Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, Florida

3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, Florida

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Submitted by: Sam S.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a beautiful surprise located in Miami, Florida. Modern 20th century American meets European arts and cultures in this home and estate modeled after the aristocratic estates of old European families. The Italian Renaissance-style villa and gardens were in a word remarkable and incredibly very interesting and well decorated. The European art and antique furniture throughout the villa includes some amazing works and the architecture of the home itself is grandiose and inspiring. Visiting Vizcaya you do have to wonder about the pretentiousness of James Deering who built the estate in the early 20th century, but I guess when you're rich you can do whatever you like and don't have to ...

Submitted by: Lynne D.

During the summer months, Vizcaya opens it's doors for free, one Sunday a month. Take advantage of free days with the family. Go see a real American castle right in Miami.. This is one...

Submitted by: Thais A.

This is an incredible mansion with so much history. Great place for pictures and scenery. Absolutely beautiful! It's huge, so be ready to walk. Definitely an experience, everyone who's...

Submitted by: Ranel C.

One complaint my wife and I have of Miami is the general lack of interesting places to see beautiful art and architecture.  Vizcaya is definitely a gem in this city.  I hadn't been since I was a kid, so it felt like an all new experience.  My wife had never been.  As an interior design student, it was obviously an unbelievable...

Submitted by: Maria-Cristina N.

I really loved strolling through the gardens with my boyfriend (although I was melting in the sweltering heat!). Several parts of the garden were roped off in the middle of restoration, there was still plenty to see and it was nice to sit quietly on a bench and take it all in. This is a great spot for photo opportunities and people know it - we spotted a handful of people having their quinceanera and wedding portraits taken. But even on a Saturday, it wasn't terribly busy so I still managed to get unobstructed shots of the garden with my own camera. It was interesting reading about Deering and how he fashioned each room to represent a certain theme, time period or person in history. It's not drop dead elabor...

Submitted by: Pamela M.

ok, so this review is a little skewed since the weather was so bad the day we went (thunderstorms with tornado warnings, we were hoping it would clear up).  This review is primarily for the house since we weren't able to experience the gardens and the rest of the grounds. This is apparently a top tourist draw in Miami, so we were expecting a pretty interesting place to go.  We've been to plenty of beautiful chateaus and castles in Europe and this place has nothing on any of them.  The whole house seems like it is in a state of disrepair, whether it's from lack of funding or something else (recurrent hurricanes?), it seriously hurts the view that people have of this place.  Especially after being charged $30 ...

Submitted by: Gaby F.

just beautiful.  I've been to Vizcaya twice recently within the past 8 months...once with my girlfriend and once with my family- both times were just as pleasant.  Theres ALOT to look at and discover, I would agree its a bit of a sensory over load for a first time spectator....

Submitted by: Stephanie L.

Vizcaya is a very interesting place. I really enjoyed visiting the house and gardens but the feeling it gave me was not one of amazement because of its beauty but more of twilight zone. This is a very strange place, I am very skeptical as to the decoration of the house. I felt pull into many different eras and countries in only a one hour visit. You feel like a child discovering a secret place and wonder who was that person which such a strange taste. The gardens are very pretty and as strange as the house. You wouldn't expect this kind of structures in Miami so it's a nice feeling. I really enjoyed the Bay view and the "wrecked" rock boat. The hidden elevator is nice too, as well as the pool. I recommend fo...

Submitted by: korinne j.

Breathtakingly beautiful! Thankful that this is open to the public. If you ever have a chance the exclusive Halloween party held here is amazing! The mansion and grounds are both truly whimsical. I am whisked away to Firenze when I visi...

Submitted by: Marcos R.

Beautiful Miami landmark, worth checking out.  If you go, try to pick a day when it's not so hot; as you'll be doing a lot of walking and you'll want to explore the estate's gardens. If you take the tour, try to get the older southern looking gentleman-dudeman.  He's the best guide there. Vizcaya hosts a lot of big soiree's, so if you ever get a chance to go; I suggest you check out a groovy shin-dig there. Rumor has it the owner was gay, and I'm inclined to believe it.  Originally he just wanted a simple estate with a big porch overlooking the water.  Then he met the person who would eventually design the place.  So here's what probably happened.  Deering(the owner) meets this "fab designer" and once the de...

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