photography and filming at Vizcaya

a picture-perfect Location

Vizcaya’s enchanting gardens, vine-covered gazebos, water-front terraces, and impressive architecture offers a memorable and intimate backdrop for photography and filming.

Watch the video to explore some of the different locations available onsite for photoshoots. Learn more about each permit option:

Portrait still photography

Teen girl in red dress standing in the tea house
Photo by Claudia Rios Photography

Portrait and Special Occasion still photography is permitted outside only, in our gardens and grounds. A permit is necessary for those who wish to use Vizcaya Museum and Gardens as a backdrop for posed or directed still photography.

Portrait and Special Occasion photography is defined as any one of the following situations, or any combination thereof:

  • Anyone having a portrait taken at Vizcaya, including quinceañera, wedding, engagement, birthday, family, communion, maternity, portfolio, prom, graduation, and any other posed portraiture.
  • Posed portraiture of individuals, camera-ready or changing outfits, where a photographer (amateur, semi-pro, pro-am, student or professional, whether paid or unpaid) has a subject(s) posing for a posed or directed portrait with Vizcaya as the backdrop.
  • Any visit to Vizcaya involving photography, where the main purpose is posed or directed portrait or special occasion photography, rather than a recreational visit to the Main House and gardens.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens reserves the right to further define Portrait and Special Occasion photography on a case-by-case basis.

It is important that you review our Permit Rules and Regulations prior to your visit and bring your completed copy with you to the Admissions Booth on the day of your photo shoot.

For more information about Portrait Photography at Vizcaya, please call (305) 250-9133 or email us at vizcayainformation@vizcaya.org.

 

Teen girl in red ball gown standing in a balcony
Photo by Sunlife Photography

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens allows up to 10 Portrait Still Photography Permit reservations daily. Reservations must be made before 5 p.m. the the day prior to your visit.

Fee

Advanced reservation fees cost $25 to secure your place and the loan of a wagon for your equipment and wardrobe. The remaining balance is due on the day of your visit. The portrait photography fee provides entry for up to 5 people, including the client and the photographer. Fees are non-refundable, permits are non-transferable, and permits are issued “rain or shine.”

Vizcaya allows photo permits Wednesday through Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Vizcaya is closed on Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.  

Portrait Still photography fees are as follows including tax:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: $250
  • Saturdays and Sundays: $350

As a reservation holder, the Portrait Still Photography Permit entitles you to the following:

  • 10% off coupon for the Vizcaya Café and Shop. 
  • 2 free admission passes for a future date (not to be used for photography).
  • Access to a wagon for loan for one client’s visit.
  • Faster check-in on visit date.

It is important that you review our Rules and Regulations prior to your visit and bring your completed Permit with you to the Admissions Booth on the day of your photo shoot.

For more information about Portrait Photography at Vizcaya, please call (305) 250-9133 or email us at vizcayainformation@vizcaya.org.

 

Reservations

It is important that you review our Permit Rules and Regulations prior to your visit and bring your completed copy with you to the Admissions Booth on the day of your photo shoot.

For more information about Portrait Photography at Vizcaya, please call (305) 250-9133 or email us at vizcayainformation@vizcaya.org

Vizcaya Portrait Photography Permit

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens does accept walk-in visitors without reservation for the Portrait Photography program.

However, we strongly urge you to reserve in advance. Advance reservations include the loan of a wagon for your equipment and wardrobe and ensure a more rapid entrance upon arrival. No other wagons, wheeled carts, or luggage carriers are permitted. 

Fee

Fees are collected at our Admissions Booth daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. (however, Vizcaya is closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). The portrait photography fee provides entry for up to 5 people, including the client and the photographer. Fees are non-refundable, permits are non-transferable, and permits are issued “rain or shine.” 

Portrait photography fees are as follows including tax:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: $250
  • Saturdays and Sundays: $350

As a walk-in visitor, the Portrait Photography Permit entitles you to the following:

  • 10% off coupon for the Vizcaya Café and Shop.
  • 2 free admission passes for a future date (not to be used for photography).

It is important that you review our Rules and Regulations prior to your visit and bring your completed Permit with you to the Admissions Booth on the day of your photo shoot.

For more information about Portrait Photography at Vizcaya, please call (305) 250-9133 or email us at vizcayainformation@vizcaya.org.

 

Couple, man and woman standing in the gardens
Photo by Rosina DiBello’s Photography Studio.

Commercial Still photography

video camera

Commercial Still Photography includes, but is not limited to, still photography shoots for commercial products, services or entities. 

If filming also occurs during the commercial still photography shoot for any purpose, a Filming Permit is required.

Commercial Still Photography Day Rate (8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)      

  • Small-scale Commercial Still Photography (up to 20 talent/crew & limited to no more than 1 trailer/related vehicle): $2,500 + tax
  • Medium-scale Commercial Still Photography (up to 40 talent/crew & limited to no more than 2 trailers/related vehicles): $5,000 + tax
  • Large-scale Commercial Still Photography (up to 60 talent/crew & limited to no more than 3 trailers/related vehicles): $7,500 + tax
  • Extra Large-scale Commercial Still Photography (up to 80 talent/crew & limited to no more than 4 trailers/related vehicles): $10,000 + tax

Commercial Still Photography (any size)

  • Each additional hour between 6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: $500 + tax

Fees are taxable and non-refundable. All fees must be paid at least one day prior to arrival. Both checks and credit cards are accepted.

Certificate of Insurance

We require a Certificate of Insurance for Public Liability Insurance in the minimum amount of $1 million combined single limit for bodily injury and property damage, naming Miami-Dade County and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust, Inc., 3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida 33129, as additionally insured. Please fax this documentation to 305-285-2004 or email to your booking contact.

Commercial Film and Photography Permit Rules and Regulations

Review, sign and return the Commercial Film and Photography Permit Rules and Regulations

 

Marine Garden reflecting pool
The North side of Vizcaya's Main House, which sits directly across from the Orchidarium. Photo shows the steps and balcony with three closed glass doors that lead to the basement.

To coordinate your shoot, please fill out the form below. You will be contacted regarding the availability on your requested date. Your request is not confirmed until all required documents and payments are received and Vizcaya staff confirms the date in writing. 

Vizcaya reserves the right to refuse any photography request. Photography clients are subject to all rules, regulations and guidelines of Vizcya Museum and Gardens and may be asked to leave at any time without refund of fees if client is in violation.

 

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Movie, Television and Video Filming

clap board roadside

Filming of any kind including for commercial products or entities includes, but is not limited to, movies, television, videos, social media and other motion-media require a commerical filming permit. 

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark and an accredited museum open to the public. Therefore, there is limited availability for filming at the estate, and requests must be received a minimum of 30 days in advance.

 

 

 

Filming is permitted outside only in the estate’s gardens and grounds and on the terraces surrounding the Main House.

Filming requires a detailed written request a minimum of 30 days in advance. Requests are approved on a case-by-case basis.

Fees

  • Commercial Film Day Rate (8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)    $20,000 + tax.
  • Each additional hour between 6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.    $1,500 + tax.

There may be additional costs for security, staffing or other items depending on the scope of the proposal. 

Certificate of Insurance for Public Liability Insurance

Vizcaya requires a Certificate of Insurance for Public Liability Insurance in the minimum amount of $1 million combined single limit for bodily injury and property damage, naming Miami-Dade County and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust, Inc., 3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida 33129, as additionally insured. 

Commercial Film and Photography Permit Rules and Regulations

Review, sign and return the Commercial Film and Photography Permit Rules and Regulations

 

 

View from the Secret Garden through the archway to the Gazebo.
Oak trees on the Garden Mound

Vizcaya has long been recognized as an ideal setting for film shoots. The estate provides a diversity of settings that evoke the glamour of the Jazz Age, the history of the Mediterranean and the passion of the tropics.

Requests in writing must be made a minimum of 30 days in advance and are approved on a case-by-case basis. Requests must include the following information: 

  1. Dates and times requested for filming.
  2. Contact name, email and cell phone number.
  3. Locations of estate requested for filming.
  4. Summary of content of film project.
  5. Number of crew and talent.
  6. Description of equipment, lighting, props, etc.
  7. Number and description of vehicles.
  8. Film project’s plan for catering.
  9. Any use of tents.
  10. Will client provide their own security? If so, which firm and how many?

Written requests and questions should be emailed to marketing@vizcaya.org.

Vizcaya reserves the right to refuse any filming request. Film clients are subject to all rules, regulations and guidelines of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and may be asked to leave at any time without refund of fees if client is in violation.