Vizcaya means many things to many people. What will it mean to you?
With its phenomenal human-made and natural resources, Vizcaya was built in the 1910's, a decade in which Gilded Age cultural standards were enlivened by the irreverent spirit of the dawning Jazz Age. It also introduces visitors to Miami’s place in this history—a time when America’s wealthiest industrialists created lavish homes inspired by the palaces of Europe.
In addition, Vizcaya is a lens through which to learn about art, interior design, architecture, landscape design, horticulture, and the environment, as well as the role of internationalism in the history of the United States and Miami.
What Is Vizcaya?
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a Miami-Dade County facility that is accredited by the American Association of Museums and distinguished as a United States National Historic Landmark. Vizcaya serves approximately 174,000 local residents and tourists annually. It is open to the public every day except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day and offers guided tours in English and Spanish.
For decades, Vizcaya has been a diplomatic seat of Miami-Dade County, having hosted some of the world’s most renowned dignitaries—such as Queen Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II, President Ronald Reagan, and King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain—and major international events—such as the Summit of the Americas, the signing of the Free Trade Agreement, and activities associated with Art Basel.
In addition, thousands of Miami-Dade residents and visitors have chosen to commemorate some of the most important occasions of their lives at Vizcaya. We are honored to host private events—such as weddings and other commitment ceremonies—and photo shoots by local quinceañeras (young women celebrating their 15th birthday) and many others.