Founded in 1986, the Wolfsonian Museum joined forces with Florida International University in 1997, and specializes in art and design from 1885-1945.
The Wolfsonian is curated by Cathy Leff, and currently owns over 70,000 objects d’art. As part of the university, its aim is to educate by providing a way of glimpsing history and tracing the evolution of North American and European culture and technology.
The Wolfsonian also publishes the annual Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts—this year’s theme is Florida, with a collection of essays on the history and culture of the state.
The building itself, while easily bypassed in the bustle of Washington Avenue, features an extraordinary interior and is worth a rainy-day visit even if the particular collection on display does not tempt.
The Wolfsonian is located at 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139. Phone: 305.531.1001