If there were no museums for art to be tastefully displayed, timeless masterpieces would be forced to sell space for ad revenue, like Mona Lisa temporarily giving space on her forehead to Coors Light. With today’s Groupon, you can view and appreciate untainted masterpieces at The Wolfsonian in Miami Beach. For $37, you get a one-year dual/family membership (a $75 value), which covers either two people or one family residing at the same address. This Groupon must be activated within two months of purchase.
The Wolfsonian of Florida International University displays an eclectic, singular collection of more than 120,00 North American and European artifacts from 1885 to 1945, all of which demonstrate how design has been influenced by cultural factors. Experience the collection as often as you choose with the unlimited admissions granted by membership. Members also receive invitations to members-only previews, 10% off museum shop purchases, and a variety of other benefits.
Art and history buffs can spend hours, days, and fortnights exploring the Wolfsonian's collections, such as the array of materials produced for World's Fairs, glass and furniture that exhibit the Dutch & Italian Art Noveau, and the country's largest collection of German, Italian, and United States political propaganda, including an early poster of Uncle Sam in his teenage anarchist punk phase. In addition to permanent mainstays, the museum offers an assortment of traveling exhibitions consisting of pieces drawn from its own holdings or on loan from other collections. Check out the current exhibitions here.
The Wolfsonian's massive collection is housed in a 1927 Mediterranean Revival building, which has been renovated and enlarged to store the arsenal of rare books, fine art prints, medals, media, and more. In 2005, the museum opened the Dynamo Museum Shop and Café, where cultural browsers can take a breather with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, or use the café's useful library to help formulate designs for an intricate Renaissance-style fresco dedicated to the career of Christopher Lloyd.
The Wolfsonian is closed Monday–Wednesday.
- As is always the case with the Wolfsonian, everything on view is thoughtful, sharp and accessible as art, scholarship or pure entertainment. – Tom Austin, Miami Herald
- Museum featuring art of a different kind…The collection is small (2 floors), but I found the museum nicely put together and learned a lot about history through art and furniture. – Judy C., Yelp
- The collection was unique, beautiful, intriguing. Some gorgeous paintings, old war posters, stained glass, World Fair memorablilia, furniture pieces. – towniemel, TripAdvisor