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We're Growing

A Miami Beach cultural anchor is about to transform! With a welcoming entrance, expanded galleries and program space, and countless new opportunities for learning and exploring, The Wolfsonian–FIU will be more deeply embedded into the fabric and character of our community thanks to longstanding support from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, City of Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and State of Florida.

This project will be jointly shaped by the architect, city governance, preservation groups, and, of course, Miami Beach residents.

A Legacy 25 Years in the Making

The Wolfsonian touches lives, transforms viewpoints, and sparks thought. Through objects and design, we connect yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Game-Changing Gifts

Since Micky Wolfson opened his renowned collection to the public in 1995, numerous donors and collaborators like John S. and James L. Knight Foundation have grown The Wolfsonian into what it is today. Together, these cultural stewards share a singular vision: preserve the overlooked, ask tough questions, and tell stories through objects.

Among those we're thankful to: Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf, Henry S. Hacker and family, Historical Design, Laurence A. Miller, and Vicki Gold Levi

Object storage

World-Class Displays

Exhibitions, installations, contemporary art and architectural activations—our globally known curatorial work turns heads and shifts perspectives. Wolfsonian presentations have been covered in leading publications, traveled to far-flung museums, and earned international accolades.

Notable shows are: Arts of Reform and Persuasion (1996), Weapons of Mass Dissemination (2003), Speed Limits (2010), Julius Klinger (2017), and Deco: Luxury to Mass Market (2018)

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Critical Scholarship

Embedded in Florida International University, our museum attracts thought leaders, change-makers, and award-winning researchers. A new cultural hub—The Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab—deepens this commitment to academic excellence and engages FIU students and faculty with the realities and possibilities of civic life.

Research support received from: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Institute for Museum and Library Services, The Mellon Foundation, Cowles Charitable Trust, and Funding Arts Network

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Provocative Programs

With a wide variety of audiences and participants, we have carefully considered topics such as racism, propaganda, power, and the effects of modern progress on the environment.

Visitors have enjoyed: symposia + conferences, free family days, curator-led tours, guest speakers, festivals + parties

Party shot from Deco + Drag event

Transformative Partners

Various institutions, grantors, and friends have helped us pave our path. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, champions of our digital ambitions, and Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, an enduring source of support for our creative team, are just two among many who have been pivotal to our success.

Other recurring funders include: Wolfsonian Advisory Board members, State of Florida, City of Miami Beach, and Bacardi

City of Miami Beach block party

Investing in the Next Generation

The Wolf opens up limitless discoveries for young minds! Our educators have empowered K–12 students to see their world anew through comprehensive STEAM curricula, classroom and gallery visits, and hands-on activities inspired by comic books, gaming, and zines.

Programs supported by: The Batchelor Foundation, The Garner Foundation, Wells Fargo, U.S. Department of Education, and Tobacco-Free Florida

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