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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Tips for Visiting

Preview these maps to become familiar with Vizcaya before your visit:

Walking Around

Visitors should be aware and cautious of the many steps and uneven floors and terrain throughout Vizcaya's Main House, gardens and grounds.

Photography and Video

If a visitor(s) is coming for the purpose of taking portrait photography rather than a recreational visit to the Museum, a permit is required. More information on portrait photography permits can be found here.

The Museum reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises. If at any time any volunteer or staff member witness behavior that puts the other visitors, the estate or the collection at risk, visitors may be asked to leave the premises and forfeit their museum experience. Visitors may not reproduce photographs of the gardens or collection for commercial purposes.

Drones are strictly not allowed for personal use within Vizcaya Museum and Gardens premises.


All visitors must remain fully clothed at all times. Bathing suits, mesh or sheer clothing are not permitted. For your safety, footwear is required while walking around the house and gardens.

Drawing and Painting

Vizcaya has traditionally served as a home and an inspiration to artists of all mediums. The estate welcomes artists looking to sketch, draw, and paint on-site. Because Vizcaya is not a park but rather is a National Historic Landmark and different from other museums, regulations are in place for such activities and they can be found here.

Food and Drink

We regret that you may not bring your own food or drinks to Vizcaya, unless you belong to a school or college group.

The Vizcaya Café and Shop is temporarily closed for repairs following Hurricane Irma, but continues to offer a limited menu of grab-and-go sandwiches and cold bottle beverages from the café tent in the café courtyard.

Food or drinks may not be opened or consumed in the Main House.

Luggage, Backpacks and Diaper Bags

Vizcaya does not offer bag check. Luggage and large bags are not allowed in the Main House. Our security officers reserve the right to review bags upon entry and prohibit large bags that may damage the collections. Baby carriers must be worn on your chest.

Please note that all personal items are the sole responsibility of the owner. Staff are not responsible for unattended bags or belongings.


Only single strollers may enter the house, larger strollers are only allowed in the gardens. Inside the house please be careful to avoid contact with doorways, walls or furnishings. No strollers are permitted on the second floor of the house. Visitors may leave strollers in the Entrance Loggia or outside the front entrance to the house.


Restrooms (men's and women's) with changing tables are located on the south side of the Main House. Diaper changing is not permitted inside the Main House.


Vizcaya is a fragile place. Please do not touch museum objects. Do not lean or climb on doors, gates and walls. And please do not stand or sit on statuary, fountains or railings. Thank you.


Visitors are not permitted to bring animals on to Vizcaya property. The only exception is for approved service animals that meet the federal government’s guidelines for animals trained to perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a qualifying disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Visitors may not bring any other animals onto Vizcaya property, including but not limited to pets or emotional support animals.  

Please visit the federal ADA website for additional information.