Engage students IN Learning

Student programs at Vizcaya

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

Object and Inquiry-based Experience

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 3rd- through 12th-grade students may be reserved for the Main House and gardens, are presented in English, and last one hour. Tours may be combined with programs.

Tour Options

Main House Tours

A Day in the Life of Vizcaya, 3rd–6th grades

Design and Engineering, 3rd–5th grades ​(this is a 2-hour experience and may not be combined with another tour or program)

Geography and Exploration, 4th–6th grades

Design and Architecture, 6th–12th grades

Garden Tours

The Living Garden, 3rd grade

Garden Overview, 3rd–5th grades

Garden Overview, 6th–12th grades

​Contemporary Art in the Deering Era, 6th–12th grades

Environmental Exploration, 9th–12th grades

Make a Reservation

Teachers who wish to visit Vizcaya and facilitate a specific activity or lesson must get approval from Vizcaya’s Learning Department. Please contact group.tours@vizcaya.org or 305-860-8442, and see other resources below: 

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY DISABLED

School Reservation Overview

Guidelines for Chaperones

Pre- and Post-visit Classroom Lessons

NOTICE OF FILMING & PHOTOGRAPHY

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. 

Peer-Based Learning Experience

Programs are collaborative, peer-to-peer, project-based learning opportunities in which students explore topics and issues in depth in an environment that fosters initiative, autonomy and independence. Programs for 7th- through 12th-grade students may be reserved for the Main House and gardens, are presented in English and last one hour. Programs may be combined with tours.

Program Options

Main House Programs

Issues in Preservation, 7th–12th grades

Design and Architecture, 7th–12th grades

Art in Design, 3rd–12th grades (Only teachers who attend Vizcaya’s Teacher Workshop on October 9, 2019 are eligible for this program)

Vizcaya Village Programs

Urban Farming, 4th–5th grades (Only teachers who attend Vizcaya’s Teacher Workshop on September 7, 2019 are eligible for this program)

Make a Reservation

Teachers who wish to visit Vizcaya and facilitate a specific activity or lesson must get approval from Vizcaya’s Learning Department. Please contact group.tours@vizcaya.org or 305-860-8442, and see other resources below: 

School Reservation Overview

Guidelines for Chaperones

Pre- and Post-visit Classroom Lessons

NOTICE OF FILMING & PHOTOGRAPHY

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. 

Students prepare for hand-on learning with a Learning Program Facilitator. Class and chaperone sitting on the steps of the South Terrace.

Counselors and campers, visit Vizcaya this summer!

Vizcaya welcomes summer camps throughout June, July and August. Groups of campers will enjoy learning about Vizcaya, the arts, history and the environment..

Summer Camp Visit Options

Main House
  • Design and Engineering — Discuss Vizcaya’s unique design and immerse in concepts of architecture, engineering and geometry through hands-on activities and exploration. This two-hour program takes place in the Main House and Gardens and may not be combined with another tour or program)
  • Visual Vizcaya — Explore Vizcaya’s collection and artistic traditions through exploration and art making. This two-hour program takes place in the Main House and Gardens and may not be combined with another tour or program)
  • A Day in the Life of Vizcaya – Tour the Main House to understand how Vizcaya was enjoyed and experienced in the past by both staff and guests of James Deering.
  • Geography and Exploration – Learn about geography, discovery and exploration in this guided tour of the Main House and its collection from around the world.
Gardens
  • Design and Engineering — Discuss Vizcaya’s unique design and immerse in concepts of architecture, engineering and geometry through hands-on activities and exploration. This two-hour program takes place in the Main House and Gardens and may not be combined with another tour or program)
  • Visual Vizcaya — Discover Vizcaya’s collection and artistic traditions through exploration and art making. This two-hour program takes place in the Main House and Gardens and may not be combined with another tour or program)
  • Garden Overview – Tour the formal gardens and learn how the European inspired landscape reflects Miami and its location.
  • Environmental Exploration – Discuss preservation and adaptations while learning about South Florida’s native habitats through this outdoor tour of Vizcaya’s models of native ecosystems.

Make a Reservation

  • Maximum 35campers
  • 1 adult chaperone (over the age of 21) for every 10 students
  • Payment in full is due upon arrival
  • Fee: $175
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.
Students arrive by school bus to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Helping students access history

Vizcaya is pleased to offer a limited number of bus transportation scholarships to Title-I schools in Miami-Dade County. Funds may be used for guided tours of the Main House and gardens by 3rd- through 12th-grade students in Title I schools.

Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to guided tour and bus availability.

Applications must be received a minimum of four weeks in advance of requested visit date. All visits must take place by June 4, 2020.

Explore Tour and Program Options

Bus Scholarship Fund Overview

Bus Scholarship Fund Application

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

*Vizcaya’s Bus Scholarship Fund is generously underwritten by Cathy L. Jones.