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Being an area of cultural wealth, Miami has a variety of museums and art galleries, from historical to science, from traditional to avant-garde. It houses the Bass Museum of Art with a permanent collection of important European art, the Wolfsonian/FIU with the eclectic collection of more than 70,000 objects inside, the Sanford L. Ziff Jewish Museum of Florida in a beautifully restored Art Deco synagogue. Miami's tropical environment provides hospitality to the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens with collection of exotic plants and palms, Miami Metrozoo, Seaquarium and Monkey Jungle which are wonderful "museums" of wilderness and nature.
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The Wolfsonian - FIU
Located in the heart of historic Miami Beach and housed in a renovated 1920s Mediterranean-style warehouse the Wolfsonian-FIU was founded in 1986 to exhibit, document, and preserve the Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection of Decorative and Propaganda Arts, a vast assemblage of objects that includes furniture, paintings, books, prints, industrial and decorative art objects, and ephemera. The museum explores through its exhibitions and special programs the critically important role of design at the height of the industrial age (1885-1945) in the context of social, political, and technological issues.



Open: Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Thursday until 9 p.m.) Sunday noon-5 p.m.
Miami Beach
1001 Washington Avenue
Phone: 305-531-1001
Monkey Jungle
Monkey Jungle is home to nearly 400 primates, most running free on a 30 acre reserve. It is one of the few protected habitats for endangered primates in the United States and the only one that the general public can explore. A total of 30 species of primates are represented at Monkey Jungle including gibbons, guenons, spider monkeys and colobus. The Golden Lion Tamarin is native to the Brazilian jungle. Visitors today are immediately welcome by the Java monkey troop. The Java monkeys forage through the Jungle eating natural foods. The Java monkey is a skilled diver in the wild, collecting crabs and other shellfish along the riverbanks and mangrove swamps. Scheduled feedings at Monkey Jungle show off these water skills as animals dive into a pool to receive fruit from the guides.
Open: daily 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Miami
14805 SW 216th St.
Phone: 305-235-1611
Gold Coast Railroad Museum
The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is dedicated to preserving, exhibiting, and operating historic railroad equipment. The unique history of today's Gold Coast Railroad Museum began in August, 1956, when William J. Godfrey was a student of the University of Miami. He was also a bit of a "rail enthusiast". Today, in addition to the railroad engines, cars, and equipment permanently on display at the Museum, visitors can enjoy "rides" like "Edwin Link Children's Railroad" or Standard Gauge Coach using Diesel Equipment with the air-conditioned "Belle Glade" passenger coach or Diesel-Electric locomotives.




Open: Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday until 4 p.m.
Miami
12450 SW 152nd St.
Phone: 305-253-0063