Miami ’s Wolfsonian-FIU Museum (1001 Washington Ave., 305/531-1001, http://wolfsonian.org , noon–6 p.m. Sat.–Tues., noon–9 p.m. Thurs.–Fri., $7 adults, $5 seniors and children, children 5 and under free) was originally opened in 1992 as a means to display the Mitchell Wolfson Jr. collection of decorative and propaganda arts. It has since grown to be one of the country’s preeminent institutions focused on the history and cultural role of industrial design.
The imposing seven-story, 56,000-square foot Mediterranean revival–style building is huge, but the actual museum is confined to the top three floors. There, visitors can see a variety of materials from the arts and crafts movement, examples of Italian art nouveau, political propaganda, and other objects that reflect Wolfson’s belief that “What man makes, makes man.”