Student and Teacher Experiences

Students learn about the history of Vizcaya in the forecourt in front of the Main House.

Immersive and Engaging Experiences

Tours are guided experiences designed to engage students in learning through inquiry-based, object-based, peer-to-peer discussions, and hands-on activities.  Tours for 2nd-12th grade students may be reserved for the Main House and Gardens, are presented in English, and last two hours.

Tour Options

Design and Engineering (2nd – 5th grade)

Discuss Vizcaya’s unique design and immerse in concepts of architecture, engineering and geometry through hands-on activities and exploration.

Lesson Plan & Standards

A Day in the Life of Vizcaya (2nd – 5th grade, 6th – 8th grade, 9th – 12th grade)

Visit the Main House and Gardens to understand how Vizcaya was enjoyed and experienced by staff and guests of James Deering.

Lesson Plan & Standards

Visual Vizcaya (2nd – 5th grade, 6th – 8th grade, 9th – 12th grade)

Discover Vizcaya’s indoor and outdoor collection and artistic traditions through exploration and art making.

Lesson Plan & Standards

Geography and Exploration (2nd – 5th grade, 6th grade)                                                                                                                                           Learn about geography, discovery and the age of exploration in this guided tour of Vizcaya and its collection from around the world.

Lesson Plan & Standards

Environmental Exploration (9th – 12th grade)

Discuss preservation and adaptations while learning about South Florida’s native habitats through this tour of Vizcaya’s models of native ecosystems.

Lesson Plan & Standards

Make a Reservation

Plan your visit including group size, rates, options, dates and times and review Vizcaya’s school group policies and procedures.

School Reservation Overview

After planning your group’s visit, complete the online form to request a reservation.

Reserve Online

Vizcaya is pleased to offer a limited number of bus transportation scholarships to Title-I schools in Miami-Dade County. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to availability.



Individuals visiting as part of a school program or tour may be photographed or captured on video for the purpose of creating educational content as well as for the promotion of the museum and its programs. Any guests, especially children, that are not to be photographed should be flagged to Vizcaya’s School Programs Manager or equivalent liaison upon arrival at the estate. We appreciate your cooperation to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all.

Hand-drawn artwork for Baynanza bookmark design featuring a mangrove tree with a person on a paddleboard,

Baynanza 2023

Baynanza celebrates Biscayne Bay and its significance throughout March and April. On April 15, 2023, thousands of volunteers will gather together to clean the shoreline at over 30 locations. Since Baynanza’s start in 1982, volunteers have collected over one million pounds of trash from Biscayne Bay’s shoreline.

To commemorate this event, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and Miami-Dade County’s Division of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) will be hosting an art contest for M-DCPS elementary, middle, and high school students. Winning students will have the opportunity to have their work featured in the promotional materials of Baynanza 2023.

Please find contest rules and details linked below:

For more information on Baynanza, please visit: Baynanza (miamidade.gov)

Two adults with a Vizcaya Learning Program Facilitator in the Center Island building a structure with small wooden building pieces.

Teacher Workshops

Teacher workshops at Vizcaya are designed to fulfill the requirements of the Florida state educational standards and enhance the learning experience for students. Participants will receive a free field trip to return with their students.

Upcoming Workshops

Monday, 1/23/23 – Urban Farming

This workshop trains educators to include farming, agriculture, nutrition and healthy choices in the curriculum. The workshop will be divided in sections that will focus on agricultural history, urban farming and its relevance today, engaging students in outdoor settings, curricular activities based on urban farming and food production, planting and harvesting best practices (hands-on), and preparation of simple recipes with students.

Please contact gabriella.roman@vizcaya.org for more information.

Educator Appreciation Night

On September 14, 2022 6:00-9:00 pm, Vizcaya will open its doors to educators, principals and administrators from public and private schools in Miami-Dade County.  Registration is limited.

The Educator Appreciation Night is a perfect opportunity to explore learning experiences for your students and to learn about community programs for visitors of all ages that take place throughout the year at Vizcaya. Community programs activate the estate through participatory, immersive experiences that inspire participants to connect with the past, understand the present and shape the future.

Please contact gabriella.roman@vizcaya.org for more information.

Visit Vizcaya This Summer!

Vizcaya welcomes camps and youth groups throughout the summer. Participants will enjoy immersive and engaging tour experiences about art, history, and the environment.

Summer Camp Visit Options

Plan Your Visit

Plan your visit including group size, rates, options, dates and times and review Vizcaya’s youth group policies and procedures.

Summer Group Reservation Overview

After planning your group’s visit, complete the online form to request a reservation.

Reserve Online!

For more information, contact group.tours@vizcaya.org or 305-860-8442.

Three children working on a project at a table in the Main House courtyard during a summer camp field trop to Vizcaya.

Funding for this series was generously provided in part by The State of Florida, The Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, Miami-Dade County.