Touring Vizcaya Museum & Gardens Miami

Touring Vizcaya Museum & Gardens Miami

Touring Vizcaya Museum & Gardens Miami

The private village of the James Deering family (of Deering/Harvester fortune) at Vizcaya was the most prominent home in Miami during that time frame and early development of Miami. Vizcaya meaning was built on the shores of Biscayne bay from 1914 to 1922. Today the well preserved manor home and elaborate gardens are a public museum and DIY tours with audio are offered for the interior of the home.


The Deerings Miami home at Vizcaya


Touring Vizcaya Museum & Gardens Miami rear facade

Vizcaya conceived as an Italian villa of the 18th century exudes the opulence and grand lifestyle of Italian villas mostly from the Northern Italian regions but re-interpreted to the Miami subtropical environment, which was no easy feat. Built with engineering and artistic marvels of that time frame, the home was constructed mostly of reinforced concrete and utilized modern comforts including two elevators, heating and ventilating systems, a generator, central vacuum system and an automated laundry facility.

Tip – photography is not allowed inside the home due to the collectibles and other fragile personal effects, but you can take pictures anywhere outside of the villa. Make sure to have your headset ready for the self tour of the inside to give more details about each room you will be visiting.

Touring Vizcaya home from the gardens

Touring inside Vizcaya

The home interior collections are intact with wonderful furnishings, artwork and personal effects covering several cultures and periods of art including: Neoclassical and Rococo furnishings, Chinese antiques and ceramics, Renaissance tapestries and architectural details, Roman sculptures to more midcentury sculptures, paintings and collectibles.


Touring Vizcaya home from the gardens

Vizcaya living outdoor collections

Built in a natural native forest which is almost gone except for a few remnants in the Coral Gables area, the Deerings maintained an effort to as much of this native forest as possible as living collections. Even with the protection of native forest, elaborate subtropical gardens were also created in a formal Italian style but utilizing tropical elements and design into the garden rooms surrounding the property. Below a sunken garden with beautiful Rococo architectural details are accented with succulents and dessert blooms.


Vizcaya museum gardens and the sunken garden

Entering the sunken garden


Vizcaya museum gardens and the sunken garden




Lush living gardens of Vizcaya museum



After touring the home and outdoor gardens, it’s nice stop for something refreshing and do some shopping below the main house and adjacent to the swimming pool. The cafeteria style service offers light bites along with some delicious and inventive menus for a full service. The gift shop next to the cafeteria has a full range of gift items, books and other fun souvenirs to take home while also supporting this non-profit foundation.


Lush living gardens of Vizcaya museum



Formal gardens of Vizcaya museum


 Remnants of a coral subtropical forest in Coral Gables


subtropical forests at Vizcaya Museum & gardens

More details to visiting Vizcaya Museums & Gardens

Price: $18 Adult  $6 children 6-12, free under, Seniors 62+ $12

Hours 9:30 -4:30

Vizcaya website here for more information


Orchid collection and gardens of Vizcaya museum


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18 Responses to Touring Vizcaya Museum & Gardens Miami

  1. stacey veikalas April 25, 2017 at 9:55 am #

    This is just beautiful, I have actual seen this estate from the water, since we have spent a lot of time in Miami. I have never visited but it looks like an amazing place and for sure straight from Europe – We will have to check it out this summer!

    • Noel April 25, 2017 at 10:18 am #

      Yes it is definitely worth a visit especially if it is easy for you to get to and the self audio tour is fantastic to work with on the interior visit.

  2. Elisa April 25, 2017 at 6:19 am #

    It must be weird to find a place like this one in Miami! But it is a beautiful place with a lovely architecture and surroundings. I especially loved the sunken garden.

    • Noel April 25, 2017 at 7:50 am #

      I don’t really think its weird for Miami which is a very eclectic city and during that timeframe the very wealthy visited this area as their winter retreat.

  3. Haze Tolentino April 25, 2017 at 12:40 am #

    Oh, Noel, thank you for making me realize that there’s really a lot of places to go and that one should not stop by what they see on social media. I never thought they have this.

    • Noel April 25, 2017 at 7:52 am #

      Miami has a rich culture and historical background, it’s just a matter of seeing what else is available to visit in this fantastic city.

  4. Megan Jerrard April 23, 2017 at 1:41 am #

    Thanks Noel 🙂 I actually didn’t really take to Miami, however Vizcaya Museum and the gardens was the one attraction which really surprised me, and which I really enjoyed. Would highly recommend it to anyone, especially if they’re still waiting to be impressed by what Miami has to offer 🙂

    • Noel April 23, 2017 at 6:45 am #

      Miami to me is a real mix of old and new and vizcaya adds so much to the history and affluence of the wealthy staying in Miami during those early days.

  5. Gokul Raj April 22, 2017 at 5:41 am #

    Love the ancient architecture. The designs on the walls and pillars are so detailed.

    • Noel April 22, 2017 at 7:21 am #

      There was a lot of design considerations and details, they definitely hired some amazing architects for this home

  6. Marcus and Mel April 22, 2017 at 5:00 am #

    Looks a really interesting museum and gardens. We didn’t make the most of our last trip to Miami as it was so hot (our fault for going in July!).

    • Noel April 22, 2017 at 7:21 am #

      I can’t imagine going during that time frame, you probably would just want to stay in the pool.

  7. Christina Pfeiffer April 21, 2017 at 10:10 pm #

    That’s in Miami? When I first looked at the photos, I thought it was somewhere more exotic like Venice or Bulgaria or Turkey or Georgia! Good to know there’s a lovely escape right there in Miami. Love your photography.

    • Noel April 22, 2017 at 7:22 am #

      Well when you are a well known brand (Harvester) I guess you can build your Italian villa anywhere in the world and make it look exactly like a villa even in Miami.

  8. Kavey at Kavey Eats April 21, 2017 at 9:19 pm #

    What an amazing place and not somewhere you expect for Miami. I have seen this from the water, during a boat ride, but never visited the site itself. But seeing your photos, it’s on my list for next time I go to Miami.

    • Noel April 22, 2017 at 7:23 am #

      It’s definitely worth a visit in person to see this amazing Italian style villa and in Miami.

  9. Indrani April 21, 2017 at 9:19 pm #

    Whoa! It looks grand even its worn down state.
    The designs look so gorgeous and it seems to have a good plan too.

    • Noel April 22, 2017 at 7:24 am #

      It is a grand home and not what you would expect for Miami.

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add

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