Museum & Gardens
Built between 1914 and 1922, Vizcaya is one of the most intact remaining examples from this era in United States history, when the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs built estates inspired by the stately homes of Europe. Vizcaya features a Main House filled with a decorative art collection, 10 acres of formal gardens, a rockland hammock (native forest), mangrove shore, and a historic village that is being restored to tell Vizcaya’s full story and provide additional spaces for programs and community outreach, including those on agriculture. Vizcaya has been a community hub since it opened to the public in 1953; it currently welcomes about 275,000 visitors annually.
Located on Biscayne Bay at 3251 South Miami Avenue, Vizcaya is open Monday through Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. A variety of resources are offered to enhance the visitor experience, including guided tours of the Main House and gardens, audio tours, guidebooks, contemporary art exhibitions and more.
Vizcaya serves the Miami community with a variety of fun, active and engaging social learning for all ages. Programming highlights history, art and Vizcaya’s natural environments throughout the entire year and includes hands-on art making activities, 1920s game nights and conservation-based talks among others. More details about upcoming programs for the general public, educators and students can be found on www.vizcaya.org.
Preservation and Conservation
At Vizcaya, we are constantly active in the preservation and conservation of this unique and fragile estate and its extremely varied collections. These collections include archival material and historic photographs, textiles, sculptures, paintings and furniture, monumental architectural elements and a living collection of trees, shrubs and plants, some of which date back to James Deering’s day. Recent projects include structural improvements to the Main House's stone masonry and swimming pool, treatment of more than 300 outdoor sculptures, and the restoration of the Theater Garden.
Vizcaya holds three major fundraising events each year to support the organization's various activities. Held the last Saturday in October, the Halloween Sundowner is one of the most popular costume parties in town, attracting 1,000 guests each year for the past 30 years. The Vizcaya Ball, a formal black-tie event held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, features an elegant dinner and cocktail reception under the stars, entertainment, a sensational silent auction and much more. As a prelude to Spring, the annual Preservation Luncheon welcomes several hundred guests adorned in the finest hats for a lovely outdoor luncheon, cocktail reception, music and more.