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Our Focus | Farm to Factory

Rooted in the greatest century of growth and change humanity has ever known—the 1850s to the 1950s—The Wolfsonian traces the odyssey from agrarian to urban, colonial empires to Cold War superpowers, the first spike of the Transcontinental Railroad to the advent of television.

Our Collection | Mundane to Monumental

With more than 180,000 objects, our collection contains a vast universe of ideas: household appliances that sped the pace of work; designs that bridged cultures; architectural plans fueled by ambition; and propaganda that helped turn the tides of war. Our core focus is material from Europe and the United States, extending to regions of Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

Our History | Curiosity to Collection

A single hotel room key launched what is now one of the largest university collections in the U.S.—a cultural cornerstone of Miami since 1995, a jewel of Florida International University since 1997, and an iconic landmark of South Beach’s historic Art Deco district. The unique collection that began with Micky Wolfson today reflects the collecting habits of many, reaching thousands of students, scholars, and lovers of art and design every year.

Our Home | Storehouse to Symbol

Originally built in 1927 by Robertson & Patterson to house the Washington Storage Company, our Mediterranean Revival building on the corner of 10th Street and Washington Avenue has been a beacon of culture in Miami Beach for generations. The structure was enlarged and transformed in 1992 by architect Mark Hampton into the state-of-the-art museum it is today.

Our Founder | Connoisseur to Civic Leader

Mitchell "Micky" Wolfson, Jr. (b. 1939, Miami Beach), fascinated by the active role design plays in shaping human experiences, perceptions, and attitudes, established The Wolfsonian in the spirit of his international upbringing and varied collecting taste. An author, philanthropist, and former diplomat, Wolfson is also the founder of our sister museum in Genoa, Italy: The Wolfsoniana.