This National Historic Landmark attracts 185,000 visitors each year to its preserved mansion filled with art and artifacts. The home was built by agriculture industrialist James Deering in 1916, and is surrounded by 10 acres of gardens, a native tropical forest, and in the future, a restored historic village.
Vizcaya also has a stunning garden, and is a living educational tool to learn about architecture, interior design, and landscape design. Its art collection includes works by renowned masters, including French painter Jean Honore Fragonard, 16th century German painter Johan van Collen and 16th century Italian painter Giovanni Battista Moroni.
World leaders have been hosted at Vizcaya, including Queen Elizabeth II, Pop John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan. It has also been the site of international events such as the Summit of the Americas and the signing of the Free Trade Agreement. Today, it’s a popular photo spot for weddings and other ceremonies.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens Information
- Public Transportation: Great (Buses 12 & 48 at the S Miami Ave. and Samana Dr. stop are less than a 1-minute walk)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good, however, garden paths are primarily dirt and gravel, rather than paved
- Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Closed on Christmas
- Admission: $15 adult; $10 Miami-Dade adult resident (w/ID), seniors (62+ w/ID), students (w/ID), and visitors using wheelchairs; $6 children (6–12); $5 Miami-Dade resident children (6–12); free for children 5 and under
- Tour: Free with the price of admission. Spanish language tours are available Saturdays at 2:00 p.m., subject to guide availability. Group tours are also available, and must be pre-arranged
- Membership: Individual memberships are $50; Dual memberships are $75; Family memberships are $100. Students receive discounted memberships of $25. Benefits include unlimited daytime visits; discounts at the gift store and café; free or reduced admission to the museum and The Vizcayans’ cultural programs and events; and information about programs and preservation at Vizcaya
- Other Benefits: At the James Deering Society level ($1,000), members receive an invitation to the annual donors recognition reception.