Miami Beach

United States

1001 Washington Avenue

Phone: 305.531.1001
Fax: 305 531.2133


The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, a museum and research center focusing on how decorative arts, material culture, and design help shape our interpretation of the world.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (3)

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Permanent Collection

The Wolfsonian collection contains artifacts primarily of North American and European origin, dating from 1885–1945. It comprises a variety of media: furniture; industrial-design objects; glass, ceramics, and metalwork; rare books; periodicals; ephemera; works on paper; paintings; textiles; and medals. The nations most comprehensively represented are the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Russia/Soviet Union. The objects are interpreted to explore key issues in design history - the way design has both altered and been altered by cultural change, industrial innovation, and strategies of persuasion.


A diverse array of broad themes of the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries - nationalism, political persuasion, industrialization, architecture and urbanism, consumerism and advertising, transportation, and world's fairs - are addressed by permanent, temporary, and traveling shows. Although drawing primarily from its own holdings, The Wolfsonian also features exhibitions and objects on loan from other collections.

Previous Exhibitions

Revolutionary Tides: The Art of the Political Poster, 1914-1989

In Pursuit of Pleasure: Schultze & Weaver and the American Hotel

X: A Decade of Collecting

Evolution/Revolution: A Century of Modern Seating

Streets and Faces: Jazz Age Paris, London, Berlin, and New York

Margaret Bourke-White: The Photography of Design, 1927-1936

Weapons of Mass Dissemination: The Propaganda of War

Tokyo: The Imperial Capital

Exhibitions (3)

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Forthcoming exhibitions



Adults: $7, plus State of Florida sales tax
Seniors, students with valid ID, and children 6-12: $5, plus State of Florida sales tax
Wolfsonian members, City of Miami Beach residents with ID, children under six, and students, faculty, and staff of the State University System of Florida are admitted free.

*Free admission after 6pm on Fridays with the generous support of the Miami Herald.

Opening hours

Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday: noon - 6pm
Thursday and Friday: noon - 9pm
Closed Wednesday.

Getting there

Museum visitors pay a reduced parking fee of $4 at the Pelican Garage (1041 Collins Avenue) with parking validation from the museum. The rate applies to visitors during the day, during the week. Weekend and evening visitors (after 6pm) will pay $7. Other parking garages are conveniently located at 7th Street and Collins Avenue, and 13th Street and Collins Avenue. Metered street parking is available, please be sure to heed all residential zone parking restrictions when parking in South Beach. As a reminder, on all non-holiday weekdays from 7am to 6pm parking is permitted in the residential zones of South Beach.

Miami-Dade Transit Metro Bus Routes C, H, K, and W have stops along Washington Avenue.


The Wolfsonian meets all ADA requirements. If you require special arrangements, please call the Visitor Services Manager at 305.535.2602 or e-mail

The Wolfsonian-FIU’s museum shop and café, The Dynamo, provides South Beach with a unique venue for thoughtful contemplation and interaction with genuine artifacts. Visitors can enjoy a glass of wine and browse the museum’s exclusive line of merchandise relating to the themes and period of the objects on view in the galleries, or find new reading material from the shop’s selection of books on design and social history, banned literature and design journals.

Backpacks, long umbrellas, and large bags above 11 X 15

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Days, evenings, and weekends, The Wolfsonian offers a stimulating range of lectures, films, tours, and workshops geared to visitors of all ages. The museum has partnered with Miami-Dade County and other Florida public schools to develop activities and interpretive materials for students and teachers in the arts and social sciences. All programs have been produced to foster greater understanding of the meaning and impact of objects, and the role of art and design in the modern world.


The Wolfsonian welcomes groups of visitors and extends its exhibition and educational resources to everyone. Tours can be tailored to specific interests with a duration of thirty to ninety minutes. Docent-led group tours are available at $10 per person; reduced rates for persons with financial hardship only; minimum group size is 10 persons. Groups wishing to tour museum prior to opening hours or on closed days will incur additional security fees. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance by contacting the Visitor Services Manager at 305.535.2602 or e-mail
Groups wishing to dine on site may contact the Visitor Services Manager at 305-535-2602 or e-mail Boxed or plated lunches or an afternoon tea service are available to groups making arrangements at least two weeks in advance of visit.

All education related school groups receive complimentary admission. Please visit the Education and Research section of the website for more information on school tours. School groups should contact the Education Programs Manager at 305-535-2625 or e-mail


The Wolfsonian-FIU is committed to serving South Florida's student and teacher populations through an exciting array of educational offerings. Since 1994, the museum has been an active partner with the Museum Education Program of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Approximately 1,800 students from both public and private schools visit the museum's galleries each year.


Guided tours promote student understanding of how people living in this time of great change viewed the world and their place in it, as industrialization, urbanization, mass production, and new transportation and communication systems revolutionized modern life. Examples of this transformation are demonstrated in a wide variety of artifacts, from books, posters, and postcards to decorative arts, architectural models, paintings, and sculptures. The permanent installation is complemented by a lively series of changing exhibitions and guided tours. Teacher Resource Packets, which include images, background information, discussions, and activities that help teachers introduce students to an exhibition, are offered for all exhibitions.


The Wolfsonian-FIU offers a stimulating range of lectures, films, tours, symposia, and workshops. All programs have been developed to foster greater understanding of the historical themes represented in the collection, and the role of art and design in the modern world. Programs on contemporary design and architecture aim to illustrate the relevance of collection themes in today's world.


POPULAR $40 ($40 is tax deductible)
Join us at this level and stop by whenever you want. As often as you want. For free. Then shop to your heart's content with a 10% member discount in our Museum Store. We'll also invite you to some great parties and other members-only events. When you join for the first time, we'll even invite you to a special, introductory tour for new members.

DUAL/FAMILY $60 ($60 is tax deductible)
If there are two of you, why should only one have all the fun? Got kids? Bring them along. We love them too.

The Wolf Pack will have four annual exclusive events that will offer an opportunity to mix and mingle with other young professionals for networking, socializing, and an opportunity to expand your cultural horizons. In addition, join the pack the last Friday of every month at the Wolfsonian café from 8–11pm for a late night happy hour sponsored by Bacardi USA. You may visit the museum any time you want, as often as your want, for free as part of your membership. Shop to your heart’s content with a 10% member discount in our one-of-a-kind museum store. You’ll also be invited to great parties and other private members-only events.

If there are two of you, why should you only have all the fun? Got kids? Bring them to the visit the museum; we love them too.

PROPAGANDIST $125 ($105 is tax deductible)
At this level you can get up close and personal with the curator of each and every exhibition during a special tour. Have out-of-town guests for the weekend? Bring them by using the four guest passes we give you.
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As a Wolfsonian sponsor, your company may provide meaningful support for the museum's most visible and significant activities, including exhibitions, adult and family programs, and special events. Sponsorships identify your company as a valued supporter, and in certain cases provide your company with the opportunity to share many benefits with your own constituency.
The Wolfsonian is eager to tailor a sponsorship package, including benefits, to meet your company’s business objectives. For further information, contact Jeffrey Fischer, 305.535.2626 or

The Wolfsonian receives ongoing support from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Arts Council; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs through the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners; the Mayor and City Commission of the City of Miami Beach and the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council; Dacra and the Miami Design District; Continental Airlines, the preferred airline of The Wolfsonian; the Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation; Carnival Foundation; Urban Investments Advisors/Starwood Urban Group; Flamingo/AIMCO; and the Indian Creek Hotel.

Venue hire

The Wolfsonian's elegant facilities provide a special environment for an array of corporate and private functions. Its auditorium, conference room, and entrance lobby may be rented for meetings, conferences, social events, and parties. For information, call the Membership Office at 305.535.2631 or e-mail For further information on the Wolfsonian's historic buildings, see the Collection section of this Web site.