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The Wolfsonian was founded in 1986 to exhibit, document, and preserve the Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection of Decorative and Propaganda Arts, a vast assemblage of objects that includes furniture, paintings, books, prints, industrial and decorative art objects, and ephemera. In 1997 it became a division of Florida International University (FIU), when Wolfson donated his collection and museum facility to the university, the largest gift ever contributed to a public university in Florida.
The eclectic museum explores through its exhibitions and special programs the critically important role of design at the height of the industrial age (1885-1945) in the context of social, political, and technological issues.
The exhibit is stored in a 1927 Mediterranean Revival building, which in 1992 was renovated and enlarged for the new museum-a seven-story, 56,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. The museum exhibits currently occupy 3 floors in the renovated 7-story warehouse (56,000 square feet), with its workshops, offices, and a library occupying the remaining space.
The collections feature interior furnishings, paintings and sculpture, books, prints, and posters that reflect the social, political and technological changes from 1885 to 1945. Artifacts are primarily of North American and European origin.
The Wolfsonian continues to present an array of public and academic programs intended to reach an audience as broad and varied as its collection. Exhibitions and programs are designed to provide the public with opportunities to identify and contemplate the historical significance of collection themes and their relevance to the world today.
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Museum Hours and Guided Tours
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday: noon - 6pm - Thursday and Friday: noon - 9pm - *Free admission after 6pm on Fridays with the generous support of the Miami Herald - Closed Wednesday - Closed on the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and July Fourth.
Guided tours for the general public are held every Thursday and Friday evening at 6pm. Friday evening admission and tour are complimentary. Learn more about the historic building, collection themes, and museum founder, Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Evening tour includes one gallery floor.
Adults: $7, Seniors, students with valid ID, and children 6-12: $5. Prices plus State of Florida sales tax.
Parking garages are located at 7th Street and Collins Avenue, and 13th Street and Collins Avenue. Metered parking lot on site. Additional metered parking is available on perimeter streets.
South Beach Local (123) The Shuttle circles South Beach every 10 to 15 minutes.
C (103) From 41st. Street, Miami Beach and to 5th. Street via Collins Avenue. Originates in Downtown Miami. Every 20 mins.
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1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(at the corner of 10th Street and Washington Avenue).
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