Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami’s Most Storied Mansion

Miami’s most storied mansion is an absolute must-see.

Enter the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, which is located in the city’s Coconut Grove neighborhood. Once a private dwelling, it has been transformed into an opulent museum featuring centuries-old artwork, antique furnishings, and lush landscapes (but more on that later).

The National Historic Landmark, which was built in the early 20th century, initially served as a winter estate for businessman James Deering. Deering was an avid antique collector, and many of the treasures remain on display inside.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

The main house spans 38,000 square feet across 54 rooms. It’s known for its Mediterranean-inspired architecture, and it’s just as stunning on the inside, too. Stroll through the first floor to find magnificent works and stately pieces of furniture scattered across the Library, the Music Room, and the Dining Room. Head up to the second floor to peruse the bedrooms, Breakfast Room, and kitchen. Each room is designed around the unique treasures it houses — from carved fireplaces to elaborate furnishings and paintings. Other highlights include gilded frames, beamed ceilings, glistening chandeliers, and even a tapestry from the Spanish Royal Family.

Perhaps the best feature of all is the manicured gardens, which include the Secret Garden, the Maze Garden, the Theaster Garden, and the Fountain Garden. The lavish grounds, which were designed to model those of 17th-century Italy and Franc, are decorated with intricate statues, vases, and busts from the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Plus, the estate’s waterfront location on Biscayne Bay makes for a great view.

📷: Gilbert G

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