Vizcaya Museum and Gardens reopens Monday, October 2
Vizcaya is pleased to announce that the estate will reopen to the public on Monday, October 2.
"We look forward to welcoming our visitors back to enjoy this National Historic Landmark and cultural hub in its centennial year," says Joel Hoffman, Vizcaya's executive director.
The Main House and gardens will be open to visitors. The Cafe and Shop is temporarily closed while undergoing repair of damage from the recent hurricane.
Visitors can expect breathtaking views of the bay from the East Terrace as well as take a guided, audio or self-guided tour. Thanks to over 500 community volunteers, Vizcaya's gardens have been cleared almost entirely of storm debris.
"While Vizcaya’s natural environment was severely impacted by Hurricane Irma, the gardens remain intact and beautiful, including the majestic oaks at their center," says Ian Simpkins, Vizcaya's deputy director of horticulture and urban agriculture. "The endangered rockland hammock surrounding the gardens suffered severe damage but will bounce back under our care."
Vizcaya is also launching its fall and winter community and family programs, special events and exhibitions including the Halloween Sundowner on October 28 and the new Contemporary Arts Program exhibition, Overload, opening December 5.
The pedestrian path and driveway through Vizcaya's rockland hammock are open for visitors, providing in our urban core a view of the effect of a hurricane on Miami's natural environment. Vizcaya's gardens and all 32 decorated rooms in the Main House are on view, but visitors can expect to see some lingering effects of hurricane damage. Orchids in the David A. Klein Orchidarium, for example, were removed prior to the storm and currently remain in the greenhouses for protection. The Boat Landing, Tea House, Marine Garden and the Mound stairway are closed to visitors while repairs are made. Other smaller garden areas may periodically have restricted entry as cleanup and replanting continues. Fountains throughout the estate are being cleaned and returned to service.
While Vizcaya's Cafe and Shop is temporarily closed, we are pleased to share that we will soon offer for purchase a limited menu of grab-and-go sandwiches and cold bottle beverages as well as selected merchandise.
Located on Biscayne Bay at 3251 South Miami Avenue, Vizcaya is open Wednesday through Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For more information and status updates please connect with Vizcaya on social media and through the web site at facebook.com/VizcayaMiami, twitter.com/vizcayamuseum or vizcaya.org.