1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, USA
Wolfsonian Museum Miami Beach Reviews
A great place to get into the Art Deco Mindframe Mar 28, 2011
In all honesty, most of you heading to South Beach to see artwork, unless you count all the beautiful features strolling around as artwork.
But, say perchance that it begins to storm. Then, I think it worth your time to visit the Wolfsonian Museum on Washington & 8th. The museum is a collection of pieces from between about 1890-1950, but mainlly the 1920's & '30's. I think that a quick stroll through the galleries full of art deco & futuristic pieces will set you ofin a good mood for a day. I'd reccomend a morning visit before South Beach recovers from its inevitable hangover as a start to your day.
The one downside is that only the 5th floor is a permanent gallery and I suggest waiting until an exhibition is on to really appreciate the museum. The fifth floor gallery is exquisite, though.
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An Insight into Art and Modern Life Jan 25, 2010
This is not the Louvre or any of the Classic European Galleries. You can't simply look at the name of the artist and know that the work would fetch hundreds of millions if it was put on the market. The crowd here isn't elbow to elbow jostling its way to the front row to get a glimpse of a statue of Venus that has no elbows.
Rather, this is a museum that wants visitors to examine how life and art interact with particular reference to art movements that have affected the Miami area through the years.
The first exhibit that greets you upon entrance is a generator from the period of Thomas Alva Edison made of finely finished steel and brass polished enamel paint and curving tubes and cables. A very functional work of art as carefully treasured and maintained as the Venus de Milo
Another exhibit was pictures of automobile designs - how those designs were influenced by human events and went on to influence human history.
This is a very thoughtful and thought-provoking museum and definitely worth a few hours away from the attractions at the beach.
The shop is worth some extra time and expense. It has an excellent selection of books and materials relating to the museum's exhibits and themes and the coffee shop was one of the best places we found for delicious sandwiches.