PLANNING YOUR VISIT

Welcome to Vizcaya

Experience the Gilded Age at James Deering’s 1916 winter estate, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. You’ll be inspired to embrace the cultural vitality and environmental sustainability of the world around us. Connect with the past, understand the present and shape the future by exploring the resources found here.

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Whether you’re a garden lover or a history buff, you can make Vizcaya your own. Review the tabs below to explore Vizcaya your own way.

Museum visitors gather together to listen to a tour given by a museum guide

Guided tours are active and social experiences, reflecting on big ideas through a close look at Vizcaya’s collections. Guided tours support lifelong learning to introduce visitors to Vizcaya’s past, present and future. Tours last 45 minutes.

Available for purchase onsite only: $5 per person.

Guided Tours of the Main House are available daily year-round, and of the Formal Gardens on a seasonal basis.

  • Main House: daily at 10:30 a.m. / 11:30 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. / 1:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m.
  • Main House (Spanish): 2:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays
  • Formal Gardens (starting November 1): 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday / 2:00 p.m. Wednesday and Friday
  • Vizcaya Village: second Saturday of each month from November through April at 12 noon.
Girl standing in the gardens listening to an audio tour

Choose your personal tour path using Vizcaya’s 90-minute audio tour, available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Haitian Creole. The audio tour includes areas of interest related to both floors of the Main House as well as the gardens.

Available for purchase onsite only: $5 per person.

Audio Tour devices do not require headphones or ear buds, but the devices do have a 3.5mm headphone jack if visitors choose to bring and use their own.

Download an Audio Tour Guide to familiarize yourself with Vizcaya. Save Paper—save the guide on your tablet or mobile device to use during your visit to support Vizcaya’s environmental initiatives.

English/Spanish

French/Portuguese

Hatian Creole

Pink flower in the waterfront gardens infront of the Stone Barge

In a hurry? Vizcaya’s Guidebook provides a general overview of the decorated rooms in the Main House and areas of the Formal Gardens.

Available for purchase onsite: $3 each (English only).

Map of the Vizcaya estate

Download an estate map to familiarize yourself with Vizcaya. Save Paper—save the map on your tablet or mobile device to use during your visit to support Vizcaya’s environmental initiatives.

English

Spanish

Portuguese

French

Haitian Creole

 

Accessibility and inclusion at Vizcaya

Everyone’s welcome at Vizcaya.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is an enduring, inclusive, and innovative place that inspires people to embrace the cultural vitality and environmental sustainability of the world around us. We welcome all guests to engage with us as we connect with the past, understand the present, and shape the future. We want to hear your voice, understand your point of view, and welcome you to our community.

Parking and arrival

If you have accessibility needs please contact a security officer upon arrival and they can assist you with accessible parking locations and other information.

Uneven floors and terrain

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

Parking

There are accessible parking spaces in the main parking lot and in the service area on the south side of the Main House. Drivers who need to drop off visitors with limited mobility near the wheelchair lift, please alert the security officer in the main parking lot and proceed to the service area. However, you will need to purchase your tickets at the Admissions Booth.

Service Animals

In accordance with titles II and III of the ADA, Vizcaya welcomes service dogs only. Service dogs must be housebroken as well as harnessed, leashed, or tethered to their accompanying individual.

With the exception of 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 are not permitted to bring animals on to Vizcaya property. Visitors may not bring any other animals onto Vizcaya property, including but not limited to pets or emotional support animals.

Wheelchair Access
Map of the Vizcaya estate

A map of the property indicating the location of ramps and lifts is available, and you can request this from the Admissions Booth upon arrival.

Borrowing Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs are available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis. When you arrive, please inform the Admissions attendant of your wish to borrow a wheelchair. They will notify a security officer to have one ready by the Service Area next to the Main House.

Visitors Who Are Blind or Have Visual Impairments

Main House guidebooks in Braille and large print are available for loan at the Admissions Booth.

Visitors Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Sign Language interpreters are available to accompany a guided tour of the Main House. We require at least five working days’ advance notice.

To make arrangements for a Sign Language interpreter, email vizcayainformation@vizcaya.org or call 305-860-8412.

Restrooms

Vizcaya has fully accessible restrooms located on the south side of the Main House and Oval Plaza near the Garden Mound.

Visitor restrooms (men’s and women’s) include changing tables (diaper changing is not permitted inside the Main House). Gender-neutral restrooms are located behind the men’s and women’s restrooms on the south side of the Main House.

Main House and Virtual Access Tour
Close-up of east side of Main House showing the weather vane.

The first floor of the Main House is mostly accessible to visitors using wheelchairs, with the exception of the East Loggia and the Entrance Loggia. Please enter through the ramp and lift on the south side of the house (to the right of the main entrance, through the arched gateway), with assistance from a security officer.

An interactive Virtual Access Tour located next to the Flower Room on the first floor of the Main House allows virtual access to the second floor, tower rooms and non-accessible areas of the gardens. Information for the Virtual Access Tour is offered in English and Spanish. 

Gardens
Vizcaya's Formal Gardens in photo taken from the South Terrace.

The central portions of the formal gardens are accessible, but visitors should be aware that the paths are primarily dirt and gravel, rather than paved. In addition, the Garden Mound, Maze Garden, Theater Garden, Tea House, Boat Landing, Secret Garden and the west statuary walk have limited or no access.

Vizcaya Café and Shop

The Vizcaya Café and Shop is located on the north side of the Main House, next to the Swimming Pool Grotto and across from the Orchidarium. It is temporarily operating in an air-conditioned tent while renovations are completed in the formal space. 

 
For more information on access services, email vizcayainformation@vizcaya.org or call 305-860-8412.
Please visit the federal ADA website for additional information.
It’s unbelievable the place and the history it keeps inside it. No one should miss visiting this place.
0arnoldo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museum and Gardens Policies

The following policies apply to Vizcaya’s indoor and outdoor areas:

Photography and Video

If a visitor(s) is coming to take portrait photography rather than to visit 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 behavior that puts the other visitors, the estate or the collection at risk is observed, 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 without prior authorization. For more information about commercial still photography visit Photography and Filming

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

Clothing

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.

Strollers

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.

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 or compromise security. 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.

Food and Drink

Visitors may not bring any food or drinks to Vizcaya, except if they are visiting as part of a school or college group.

The Vizcaya Café and Shop is located on the north side of the Main House, next to the Swimming Pool Grotto and across from the Orchidarium. It is temporarily operating in an air-conditioned tent while renovations are completed in the formal space. 

Visitors can enjoy light bites and beverages as well as shop for gifts inspired by Vizcaya’s architecture, gardens and collections. Only guests who have purchased museum admissions have access to the Café and Shop. The Café remains open during the museum’s regular operating hours as well as for select museum programs and events.

Vizcaya members enjoy free admission to the property, including the Café and Shop. Members also enjoy a 10% discount at the Café and Shop. 

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

Animals

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.

Drawing and Painting

Vizcaya has traditionally served as an inspiration to artists of all mediums, and we welcome artists to sketch, draw, and paint on-site. Because Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark, policies are in place for such activities that support the preservation and safety of our collections.

Art Policy

Visitors interested in sketching indoors may only use graphite pencils. No other materials are permitted inside the Main House. Visitors may sketch and paint outdoors; no sprayed materials, permanent markers or electrical tools are permitted. Vizcaya reserves the right to prohibit any materials security officers or other staff deem unsafe for the public, estate or collection. Art materials may not be left unattended. Vizcaya is a pack-in and pack-out location. Bathrooms may not be used for cleaning or disposing of art materials.

Preservation

At Vizcaya we are constantly active in the preservation and conservation of this unique and fragile estate and its extremely varied collections. Please help us in our efforts by not touching museum objects or leaning and climbing on doors, gates and walls. We thank you for not standing or sitting on statuary, fountains or railings. 

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