Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
4.5
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Built in 1916 as a winter retreat, this lavish villa is a tribute to the Italian Renaissance. The museum contains much of the original furnishings and artwork, and is surrounded by lush, formal gardens.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Coconut Grove
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  • Vizcaya • 8 min walk
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  • vichy
    554 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolutely lovely place
    Really lovely place - if you love gilded age house museums, this one is definitely worth a visit. The whole property is an unexpected surprise, from the juxtaposition of the european furnishings against the mostly definitely non-european exterior, to the formal gardens right next to the mangroves, to the stunning water views that are completely not like Newport. Really, REALLY worth a visit if you love house museums.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 April 2023
  • Laura W
    Denver, Colorado41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So pretty!
    This place is awesome and should be advertised more. It’s a private residence that was sold to the county for public visits. There is a house and grounds to explore. It’s HOT so be prepared. I had a neck fan that helped a lot. I started outside first. To be honest some of it feels a little weathered but they did state that most of the place was built out of coral stone which does not hold up in the weather. Which I get, but in the gardens there seemed to be some empty foundations that collected rain water and grossness. Yet it was still very rustic looking. But the rotting leaves smelled a little bit. Just in one tiny section though. They were updating the pool so I was a little disappointed to not get the full effect of it. I went to the house next. I really liked the Audio tour. Please be respectful and bring headphones though. Also people need to be more mindful of their picture taking. Don’t spend 10 mins trying to get the perfect selfie when others are trying to take a picture in the same spot. I ate in the cafe and it was honestly the best meal I had during my whole trip to Miami. I had the caprese salad with chicken. I did shop in the gift shop and lots of items didn’t have prices which they need to fix. Also I asked one staff person if there were places to charge your phone if need be and she pointed to one plug that was available. I asked about the cafe and she wasn’t sure. With modern technology and use of phones to buy tickets, get lyft, take the Audio tour you need to know if phone charging is available. I went to the cafe myself to see and there’s a few tables inside with outlets. I was able to use my phone for the audio tour and map and charge my phone later. Please make sure all the staff knows there’s outlets in the cafe. Other than that minor detail this place was awesome and I spent 5 hours there!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 April 2023
  • JULIE S
    Nashville, Tennessee52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is a reason it’s #1 tourist spot in Miami
    Beautiful mansion/castle. 70 rooms and we saw dozens of them. Interesting to learn their “modern” conveniences. The gardens were spectacular, as were tge views of the water. The staff was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. It reminded me a bit of the Biltmore in Asheville, NC
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2023
  • CasandraTP
    Sydney, Australia1,096 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do if travelling to Miami
    This has to be one of the most beautiful house and garden I have been to. Get there early to avoid the crowds and escape the heat. We started in the garden and it has so many beautiful spots within it. Be warned we did see quite a large alligator in the back garden area but there are signs warning you about this. Everything is beautiful and photogenic. The barge on the bay is just amazing and everything looks like it should have been there centuries. The house itself is beyond amazing, I would have loved to have been a guest of James Deerling and seen it at its prime. There is an audio tour you can download prior to arrival to get more information. It was easy to get an Uber to and from there. You really need at least 2 hours to explore everything. It really is a must see if you go to Miami.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Hannah Arida
    Orlando, Florida4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque & Magical!
    After breakfast/brunch we went to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Driving into the gardens was magical because of the trees all around and hanging over the car! It was so cool! Even though it was HOT HOT HOT the day we went to the gardens we still thoroughly enjoyed walking around and exploring. I'd definitely go back to explore more!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Sean B
    Great Falls, Virginia75 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A "fantasy" palace/grand mansion in Miami from last century
    Interesting to see a vision to create a European style "palace" or grand mansion in Miami. If you have travelled Europe extensively, you may not find this interesting but (even having lived and travelled in Europe extensively) I found it interesting. The audio tour (free via their app) definitely added to the experience. Worth a few hours visit. Note that it is fairly open and thus is not an airconditioned museum.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Shawn H
    Washington DC, District of Columbia413 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go for the Tour
    We had a great time at Vizcaya learning the history and enjoying the architecture. We had an excellent, assertive tour guide who was clearly passionate about the place and was volunteering on his birthday after many years working at the location. It was neat seeing the house, grounds, railcar, and storm damage to the water features - though it was sad to see how much of the original gardens were sold off for development. Still - what's left is very worth the trip and the excellent tour guides make it all the better.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 August 2023
  • amomfromnyc
    New York City, New York124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit!
    Fun and informative visit! Really enjoyed the Main House tour for an additional small fee which reviewed how James Deering and his guests and staff would have lived and worked at Vizcaya. The main part of the house is air conditioned so one can enjoy admiring the architecture and furnishings.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Kelly B
    Iowa4,373 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Both the house and gardens are spectacular
    My husband and I arrived about 15 minutes before the opening time. We were easily able to find parking in Vizcaya’s lot at that time. When we left a few hours later, the lot was full. At the advice of one of the docents, we started out in the gardens first since it was so hot. The gardens are beautiful, with many fountains. It’s a popular place for professional photographs of brides and birthday girls, so that was slightly annoying: having to wait until they were done to take pictures of the fountains and stonework. The house was equally gorgeous. Most of the rooms are open to the public, although many are blocked off by a rope, so you just peek in. There is a third floor as well, so don’t miss that! The stairs aren’t obvious like on the first floor. We ate at the cafe afterwards, in the basement of the house. It was okay.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Bnizzle76
    Indianapolis, Indiana285 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vast Vizcaya
    We bought tickets at the entrance for $25 per person on Saturday, SEP 22, and spent 2-3 hrs touring the mansion and gardens. It wasn’t crowded. The rooms are beautifully decorated and accurately reflect the time period- be sure and explore all 3 floors. We especially enjoyed the lovely gardens and fountains.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 September 2023
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Mohamed H
Toronto, Canada6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The weather was perfect and we arrived early just before opening time. Nice to be able to park at no further cost and to not rush and deal with crowds. There was a steady stream of visitors who were just as eager as were to explore this villa and the grounds.
We decide to explore the grounds which is a good decision before it becomes toasty hot. We ambled along the impressive gardens discovering the mangroves, beautiful gazebos, stairs, and water cascades, the rose gardens, sculptures, orchids, champion trees, banyans' complex root structures, and even more spectacular was the tea house, the barge, and the boat landing and the striped gondola inspired poles.
Inside the villa, we enjoyed visiting the rooms, the musical instruments on display, and the unique chandeliers especially the little caravel which is also the logo/emblem of the estate. The self guided audio tour was helpful and provided very relevant information. I would have liked to have more information of James Deering while there; I had to research afterwards.
Worth the visit.
Written 6 April 2024
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Helen B
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The weather wasn’t cooperating during our visit for beach activities, so we decided to explore this place.
From the moment you drive up, the “WOWs” start. Then you tour the mansion and all its history and beauty left me missing Europe and the architectural elements. Ornate and Tasteful.
They love orchids and the displays are inside and outside within the gardens.
It’s on the bay and you will enjoy rain or shine.
Written 1 April 2024
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Molly D
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I enjoyed my time at the home and gardens of the Farm Machinery Titan James Deering. I think the entry fee is a bit expensive, though.
Written 30 March 2024
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Jane H
Twyford, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Saw Vizcaya on a UK tv show and wanted to visit. We were not disappointed. Friendly staff, nice gift shop. House so interesting and beautiful gardens
Written 28 March 2024
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Vacati0nier
Billerica, MA240 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Very nice museum and gardens. Seems to be a popular place for wedding pictures - there were quite a few of them, and we understand why, grounds are beautiful there. Worth to visit!
Written 24 March 2024
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AnnArborMHT
Genoa, Italy1,684 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Living in Miami, I haven't been here for years! Pleased to say its just as good, maybe even better than I remember it. The grounds are well maintained, the view gorgeous and my tour by Bill was excellent. He clearly loves Vizcaya and knows it's history well. He brought the museum to life and answered all my questions. Excellent tour and highly recommended.
Written 24 March 2024
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Dimitris P
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
nice place for a free day in Miami,25 dollars ticket,you can take photos everywhere,everything was very clean,the gardens very beautiful and you can arrange a photoshooting inside
Written 16 March 2024
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Astrida M
Miami Beach, FL337 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The extraordinary estate and art museum of James Deering, a rich Miami businessman who passed in 1925, is a must-see in Miami. Known as Vizcaya Museum and Gardens now, it was meant to resemble Venetian architecture as Venice was Deering's favorite city. It is a waterfront property with fantastic views of Biscayne Bay. His collection of Italian art pieces is indescribable.

There are various tours available to see this beautiful estate and the 180 acres of manicured gardens. The least expensive tour costs $25 per person. The more involved and historical tours are more expensive, $80-$300 per tour.

I'm so glad that we were able to see a portion of it. There is too much for me to see at one time as I do not have the strength and mobility to do so. Wear comfortable shoes for sure. I'm not sure about wheelchair accessibility. You would need to contact their business office for more information.

There are parking lots for the visitors or you can Uber or Lyft to Vizcaya.
Written 11 March 2024
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GolfJim
Chesterton, IN150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Here is a glimmer into the life of a Florida legend. The house is so well preserved except for damage to the lower floor which is now a cafe. And air-conditioned. Original furniture, art work, etc. The gardens are amazing, on the order of the Biltmore hotel. Download their app, for a small fee, and hear about each room, etc. Well worth it. They do not have audio guides on site - just your phone.
Written 11 March 2024
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Paul O
County Monaghan, Ireland4,946 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Expected this to be good but expectations were exceeded. The Villa is large inside and the best parts are upstairs. However it is the views out to the water at the back of the Villa and the gardens that are the real highlights.

There is a small cafe to enjoy. It is easy to get an Uber to and from. We did notice that the car park was pretty much full up when we were leaving at lunch time
Written 7 March 2024
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