Last week I ventured off to Miami for my birthday! I had a blast with my friends celebrating. Not only did we hit the beach, but we ventured off of South Beach, and went to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Turns out, this was the highlight of my trip. The architecture and story behind the Vizcaya Museum was so fascinating to me. If your in the Miami area, and don’t want to go to the beach I recommend visiting Vizcaya.
Continue reading to see my photo diary and review of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
Photo Diary of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Review of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Hours of Operation & Admission:
Vizcaya is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Admission for adults is $18.
Admission for children 6-12 is $6
Tip: I enjoyed exploring the museum on my own, but I would recommend a guided tour that they offer to understand further about the history of the museum.
Vizcaya is located just outside of South Beach near Brickell. The car ride from the beach to the museum was about 30-40 minutes depending on traffic and what time of day you go.
I went Monday on Christopher Columbus Day. I’m not sure if that affected the overall crowd that went on that particular day, but it wasn’t that busy. It was actually quite peaceful and you could take photos without anyone in your way! However, going on the weekends is probably a different story, but the overall size is large enough for crowds to space out.
History & Aesthetic:
Vizcaya is a European style villa complete with a Italian-Renaissance Garden. The man behind the villa was James Deering, a millionaire bachelor who built Vizcaya in the early 1900’s to be his winter escape from the harsh winters of Chicago. His background immediately reminded me of the character ‘Jay Gatsby’, described as “a reticent man with impeccably proper manners, leavened by a sense of humor.” He would open his garden to the public on Sunday’s, curious about who came as he watched from his balcony.
Because he was a socialite and threw parities often, the villa boasts plenty of rooms where he used for entertaining including various guest bedrooms. To preserve the Villa and gardens when away, James Deering had a staff of over 30 employees who lived in the west tower of the main house or nearby.
I highly recommend spending a day at Vizcaya and taking a guided tour throughout to learn more about the villa and James Deering. Not only is it beautiful to look at, the story behind the home makes it truly unique!
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