Under the leadership of the Trust and Executive Director Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, Vizcaya is enhancing its commitment to 1) the preservation and care of its historic collections and facilities, and 2) providing enhanced educational experiences for Miami-Dade residents and visitors
Mission Statement: "Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark that preserves the Miami estate of agricultural industrialist James Deering to engage our community and its visitors in learning through the arts, history and the environment."
In December 2002, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust engaged professional master planning consultant Lord Cultural Resources and Richard J. Heisenbottle Architects to advise on the interpretation and development of Vizcaya with the goals of advancing Vizcaya as a premier heritage site, strengthening Vizcaya’s standing as a vital community resource, expanding and improving visitor services, and supporting and promoting Vizcaya’s professional museum functions. The Trust unanimously approved the consultants’ development concepts in the summer of 2005.
Restore and enhance Vizcaya’s Main House, Gardens, and grounds, including:
Critical structural repairs;
Upgrades of security, mechanical, electrical and lighting, plumbing and irrigation, roof, climate control, hurricane protection, life safety, accessibility, and other systems or programs;
Restoration of historic architectural, decorative and other artistic, and landscape elements, including historic waterways and hammock trails;
Restoration and interpretation of historic staff quarters and historic staff beach;
Creation of new ticket booth to better serve visitors; and
Improvements to service area for general visitor experience, with conversion of Firehouse to catering kitchen for better site use for events.
On November 2, 2004, Miami-Dade County voters overwhelmingly supported the County’s General Obligation Bond program. Through this program, Vizcaya will receive critically needed funding to undertake the restoration and enhancement of its Main House, gardens, and the
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is supported in part by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.