Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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Named after one of the most captivating shorelines on the Spanish coast, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens captures jaw-dropping European extravagance in an enchanting American context. The home’s builder, James Deering, was a prolific industrialist who explored uncharted territory in the creation of this ambitious home, building his Renaissance-inspired estate at the heart of Miami’s tropical hardwood hammock. Although inspired by the earlier architectural style, the home was very innovative in its incorporation of the modern technology available at the time of its construction (1914), including everything from details on how the structure itself was built to the incorporation of modern touches such as a telephone switching system and a central vacuum system. Though he only wintered at Vizcaya from 1916 to 1925, upon James’s departure, the estate was left to several nieces and nephews.

Deering’s adventurous spirit lives on to this day. The estate’s very emblem – “The Caravel” – commemorates a ship used during the “Age of Exploration.” As you begin your own exploration of this historic Miami icon, you’ll notice an image of the mythical voyager “Bel Vizcaya” at the entrance, marking the beginning of a most memorable journey ahead.

Inside the Main House

In 1914, Deering enlisted 1,000 workers to bring his dream home to life. He and his design partner Paul Chalfin scoured Europe for the finest furnishings, antiques and paintings. The duo imported gilded panels, carved mantels and fresco ceilings from Tuscany and France to line the villa walls. It took years to perfect the mansion’s 70-plus rooms, 34 of which overflow with treasures dating back to the 15th century.

As you enter the Tea Room, you’ll notice sleek marble floors, reflecting a rainbow of light, beaming through stained glass doors.

Step into the Breakfast Room and marvel at the motif, designed to represent the exchange of ideas during the “Age of Exploration” by combining Chinese ceramics with Neapolitan seascapes.

Finally, as you make your way into the Cathay Room, you’ll get a taste of the lavish accommodations enjoyed by movie star moguls such as Lillian Gish during her visit in 1917. But any trip to Vizcaya would be incomplete without a tour of its Eden-like grounds.

The Gardens

The greatest of photographs cannot convey the serenity of Vizcaya’s 10 acres of gardens. In many ways, the Formal Gardens resemble the layout of France’s Versailles. Low, trimmed shrubs organize walkways into mesmerizing, geometric patterns. Thick columns, lush mazes and classical statues also lend to its European aesthetic, but Vizcaya uniquely embraces its tropical surroundings as well. Here, palms, rare orchids and Cuban limestone infuse the palatial Mediterranean vibe with a signature Miami flair.

The sprawling Formal Gardens were designed by landscape architect Diego Suarez to feel like a great outdoor room, connecting to the main house along a north-south axis. Several architectural elements come together in one fluid, integrated space. A massive topiary-lined corridor gives way to The Mound, where The Casino pavilion provides an aerial view of the gardens. East of The Mound lies the Fountain Garden, a fountain imported from Sutri, Italy. Another Must-see on your garden tour is The David A. Klein Orchidarium, which features a wide variety of orchids, including both Vandas and Cymbidiums.


Deering was an avid seafarer and welcomed his guests by boat as well as by car. Just a few steps from the Yacht Landing, the swimming pool served as a refreshing remedy for a long hot day on the bay. In addition to his maritime passions, Deering had a penchant for pop-culture and enjoyed watching Charlie Chaplin films in the open-air courtyard. Vizcaya has since become a star in its own right, appearing in films such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Bad Boys II, and Iron Man 3. While you won’t be able to take a dip in the pool, you can experience a wide-ranging variety of special events held at the Museum and Gardens.

Cultural Impact

Located in the lively Coconut Grove neighborhood, Vizcaya has always been a cultural hub. Deering chose the Grove as the site of his winter retreat in order to preserve the natural habitat for future generations. After Deering’s passing, surviving family conveyed much of the property to Miami-Dade county, leading to its renaming as Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. Today, Deering’s dream of preservation and conservation is realized in many educational lessons and tours.

From Popes to pop stars, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens has played host to countless celebrities and dignitaries. And it’s still one of the most sought-after locations for photo shoots, weddings and events.

With customizable tour options and affordable ticket prices, there are plenty of ways to become part of Vizcaya’s legacy. Purchase tickets in advance.

COVID -19 NEWS: RULES FOR VISITORS (updated Feb 26, 2022) 


Our community’s health and safety remain the top priority. As such, Vizcaya will limit visitation to ensure that everyone can comfortably socially distance in the expansive gardens and grounds. In addition, visitors will be required to adhere to the following regulations while on property:

  • Masks are required in all indoor spaces as well as in outdoor areas that don't allow for proper social distancing.
  • Masks are not sold at the estate.
  • Masks are required to enter the premises.


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