12 US Museums for the Inquiring Mind

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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, FL

Built in 1916 as a winter escape, this extravagant villa pays tribute to the Italian Renaissance. The museum includes much of the original furnishings and artwork and is surrounded by lush, formal gardens.

This is the former estate of James Deering, of the Deering McCormick-International Harvester fortune, on Biscayne Bay in Miami’s present-day Coconut Grove neighborhood. The early 20th century Vizcaya estate includes extensive Italian Renaissance gardens, native woodland landscape, and a historic village outbuildings compound.

In the Miami area, where things are new and modern, this museum has plenty of material for understanding its history. I find it interesting for people who like history, botany, and architecture.

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