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Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark and museum owned by Miami-Dade County and accredited by the American Association of Museums. Vizcaya is open to the public 364 days each year, and I recommend you to visit this serene and stunningly beautiful retreat in the heart of Miami.

Built by agricultural industrialist James Deering in 1916, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens features a main house, ten acres of formal gardens, a hardwood hammock, and soon-to-be-restored historic village.

Deering chose a bayfront site in Miami for his tropical winter home because of the location’s temperate winter climate and his appreciation of the native hardwood hammock. At the time of Vizcaya’s construction, Miami’s population was around 10,000. More than 1,000 workers were employed in the Vizcaya project, including laborers and craftsmen from the Caribbean and Europe.

The house is intended to appear as an Italian estate that has stood for 400 years and has been occupied and renovated by several generations of the family. It has 34 decorated rooms with 15th through 19th century antique furnishings and art objects.

The expansive gardens combine elements of Renaissance Italian and French designs.

After Deering’s death in 1925, a minimal staff maintained the house. The hurricane of 1926, which devastated much of Miami, extensively damaged the house, surrounding grounds and formal gardens. In 1952, Deering’s heirs generously conveyed the main house and formal gardens to Dade County, for a sum below the actual value.

Although the house’s design allowed the free flow of breezes through the open courtyard, the need to preserve the building and contents required the installation of a climate and humidity control system, including enclosing the open courtyard in glass.

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Museum Hours
Open daily except Christmas Day
9:00AM - 9:00PM Daily.

General Admission

Adults US$18
Children 6-12 US$6
Children 5 and Under Free
Seniors 62 and older with ID US$12
Students with ID US$10
Visitors using wheelchairs US$10

Cash, Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.

The ticket includes admission to the Main House and grounds.

Vizcaya offers free parking for automobiles.

Bus/Metrorail services
C (103) From 41st. Street, Miami Beach via Collins and Washington Avenue to Miami Downtown Government Center. Every 20 mins.
S (119) From Sunny Isles Beach, North and South Beach via Collins Ave to Miami Downtown Government Center. Every 15 mins.

At Miami Downtown Government Center ascend to the Metrorail station.
Take the southbound train. Vizcaya Station is the second stop.
Cross US 1 on the pedestrian bridge.
Continue in the same direction, 1 block to South Miami Avenue.
Cross SW 32 Road and proceed to the crosswalk.
Cross South Miami Avenue to enter Vizcaya

If you plan on travelling a lot by local public transportation you may find it easier and more economic to purchase a US$ 5.65 full-day or US$ 29.25 seven-day transit pass (called EASY Ticket).

Driving Directions from Miami Beach:
Take I-395 or I-195 west and exit onto I-95 south.
Follow I-95 south to Exit 1A.
Turn right onto South Miami Avenue.
Turn left at 3rd light into Vizcaya.

Address and Contacts:
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129.
T: 305-250-9133 F: 305-285-2004 - EMail -
Shop and Cafe
: T: 305-856-8189

Link to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Two at Vizcaya

Vizcaya Bay View
Your guide at Vizcaya
View of Vizcaya from Biscayne Bay

Two at Vizcaya

Vizcaya Garden
Entrance to Vizcaya
Vizcaya Garden

Vizcaya from the Gardens

Vizcaya Garden
Vizcaya from the Gardens
Vizcaya, The Loggia