The Vizcaya is a museum and garden attraction located in Miami, Florida at 3251 South Miami Avenue.
The Vizcaya was built during the early 20th century and was meant to resemble an Italian estate with Italian and French inspired gardens. This estate was owned by industrialist James Deering and was used only as a winter retreat for 10 years before his death in 1925.
Over 1,000 people worked on building Vizcaya and the estate property consisted of 180 acres.
This home became the property of the Dade County many years after Deering’s death. His heirs sold the home and donated the furnishing in 1955after selling off most of the acreage and being damaged by 2 hurricanes.
Vizcaya was also once an open-air house, but because Miami is so humid, it was necessary to enclose the home.
There are works of art from over 2,000 years from various countries and continents, as well as the garden acres.
The home includes the entrance hall, library, several bedrooms, music room as well as others to explore during your visit with many lovely items and workmanship of the house to see throughout.
More than 175,000 visitors come to see the beauty of Vizcaya’s art and design annually and many weddings take place here because of the beautiful scenery. Many important leaders and people have also come to visit this wonderful museum and garden over the years.
You can also rent the museum after normal hours until 1 a.m. but the price is very expensive as after 11p.m. they charge over $1,000 per hour. Many photo shoots and other special events can be booked here as well but the museum and garden does not offer any type of decorating, everything has to be done by outside parties.
Regular tourists and locals can visit this beautiful palace 7 days a eeek from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Please take note that starting next year, 2011, the museum will be closed on Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Admission prices are as follows: adults and children over the age of 12 are $15; children ages 6 to 12 are $6; seniors over the age of 62 are $10; and children ages 5 and under are admitted for free. If you are a local Miami/Dade county resident you can get in for a discount as long as you have an I.D. showing residency.
There is also a gift shop selling jewelry and other fine items and a café’ that serves salads, sandwiches, and drinks.
The facility offers free parking with over 100 parking spots that are also free if you happen to rent the museum grounds.
You can also reserve group tours as well.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is also a national landmark and a gorgeous place to visit on our next trip to Miami.