I have been to Vizcaya several times for photoshoots but this is the first time I really explored the inside and it did not disappoint. It reminds me a lot of Versailles in Paris, but just a smaller more Italian version!
At the entrance, there is a large open space with glass panels on the roof and lots of beautiful green tropical plants inside. There are seats here and a beautiful water fountain which makes this space great for groups or a meeting place incase anyone gets separated.
There are several staircases leading up to the historic rooms which are all protected by transparent plastic walls. You can step inside of the room but not actually go in and touch anything. It is all really well preserved and kept intact.
I didn't read all of the information, but each room has a panel explaining the importance of the room or decorations. If you're into history, this might be interesting for you, but I am more interested by the decorations & designs.
Vizcaya was built between 1914 and 1922 and is one of the country’s most intact remaining estates from the Gilded Age. It was built by James Deering (Vice President of International Harvester) and Paul Chalfin (Artistic Advisor) and it was intended to look like an old Italian villa that had stood for 300 years.
The interior is beautifully decorated with artworks from Europe, stunning furniture and objects he had collected from his travels around Italy & France. Some of the artwork was commissioned by several prominent artists to create works specifically to go inside of Vizcaya’s main house.
Vizcaya was built using antique Italian marble and native coral rock which provides a very interesting aesthetic for visitors. This room below was my favourite in the whole house. I love the colours, marble, paintings & door details. It is so pretty and I would love this to be my living room!
Vizcaya was owned by Deering for 9 years until he passed away and it was then passed down through family. In 1933 it was restored by Chalfin and opened as a privately owned museum in 1935. In 1952 the house & gardens were given to Dade County and was turned into a public museum, open for the public in 1953.
“Today, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is an internationally renowned accredited museum and a National Historic Landmark. The museum is known for its rich history, architecture, gardens, and art and living collections, and it retains one of the only remaining native forests in Miami. Vizcaya’s mission is to preserve the estate and to engage the public in learning through the arts, history and the environment. »
Wednesday through Monday.
9.30am - 4.30pm.
Closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving & Christmas Day.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129
Price for entry:
$22 for adults.
$15 for 13-17 year olds.
$10 for 6-12 year olds.
Free for children 5 and under.
There are other prices for senior citizens, students, visitors using a wheelchair and veterans.
$5 public guided tour
$5 audio tour
$5 garden tour