vizcaya museum & gardens

Vizcaya was created as James Deering’s subtropical winter home in the 1910s and today it is a National Historic Landmark and accredited museum. We invite you to learn about Vizcaya’s fascinating history and the
individuals responsible for the unusual estate’s origins,
evolution, and ongoing management.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is recognized internationally for its cultural and historic significance, exemplary preservation, and dynamic
visitor experience – inspiring broad participation
in advancing the organization’s mission.

Picture-perfect Vizcaya is the ideal setting for your portrait shoot.
Portrait photography is permitted outside only, in our
fountain-filled gardens and grounds.

With its majestic architecture and magical gardens on Biscayne Bay,
Vizcaya is Miami’s premier venue for unforgettable special events.
Those who have enjoyed an evening at Vizcaya with family, friends, colleagues or clients know there is nothing quite like it!

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue,
Miami, FL, 33129

vizcaya museum & gardens

Wedding, Event, Family and Couple Portraits by Manolo Doreste

Portrait Photography


Portrait photography is defined as any one of the following situations, or any combination thereof:

  • Anyone having a portrait taken at Vizcaya, including those celebrating their quinceañera, marriage, engagement, birthday, communion, pregnancy, graduation or another special occasion.
  • A photo session where a photographer (amateur, student or professional) has a subject(s) posing for a portrait with Vizcaya as the backdrop.
  • Any visit to Vizcaya involving photography, where the main purpose is portrait photography, rather than a recreational visit to the House and gardens.

Fees are collected at our Ticket Booth daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (however, Vizcaya is closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). The portrait photography fee provides entry for up to 5 people, including the client and the photographer. Fees are non-refundable, permits are non-transferable, and permits are issued “rain or shine”.
No reservations are required.

Portrait photography fees are as follows including tax: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: $160.20 | Saturdays and Sundays: $267.00

Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark filled with irreplaceable artwork, statues, and architectural elements. We ask you to support our mission to preserve Vizcaya during your portrait session by adhering to the rules and regulations, which are intended to ensure your safety and the safety and enjoyment of others. Please walk carefully around the grounds of Vizcaya, as there are many steps and our historic pavements are irregular. No props are allowed without specific approval and no outside food is permitted. Additional rules and regulations are listed in the document linked below.

Daytime Garden Ceremonies

Vizcaya offers the option of intimate daytime garden ceremonies for those who wish to celebrate a special occasion, such as a marriage or other form of personal commitment on our beautiful grounds. Daytime ceremonies may take place anywhere in the gardens during the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no access to the Main House for garden ceremony
clients or their guests.

Photographers may accompany the group.
We regret that we cannot allow chairs, wedding canopies or runners for the daytime garden ceremony. You may bring only hand-held chuppahs.

Vizcaya allows one hand-held instrument or personal (battery-powered) music player at an appropriate volume level to ensure the positive experience of our other visitors.

We suggest that our daytime garden ceremony clients consider a reception at the Vizcaya Café and Shop, drawing from our gourmet menu. Vizcaya does not allow food or drinks to be brought for or consumed
during garden ceremonies.

For additional information on receptions at the Café and Shop, contact
Paula Gooden or 305-856-8189
(capacity for these receptions is limited).

For more information on Daytime Garden Ceremonies, contact
Adrienne Kaiser at or 305-860-8448.

Evening Rentals

With its majestic architecture and magical gardens on Biscayne Bay, Vizcaya is Miami’s premier venue for unforgettable special events. Those who
have enjoyed an evening at Vizcaya with family, friends, colleagues
or clients know there is nothing quite like it!

Vizcaya is available for rent every day of the year except for certain major holidays and you and your guests have the exclusive use of the inner courtyard, outside terraces and gardens.

We invite you to share in the splendor of special events past through the album and video below and to make your own memories at Vizcaya.

Vizcaya Café and Shop offers a number of gifts for your special guests, including wine glasses and champagne flutes, coasters and chocolate
bars bearing our distinctive logo.

For more information, contact Paula Gooden at
or 305-856-8189.

For more information on evening facility rentals, please contact
Adrienne Kaiser at or 305-860-8448.


Facility Rentals FAQs

What time is the museum available for rentals?

Vizcaya is available for rental in the evening only, from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. These hours can be extended to one a.m. at the latest, with an additional charge of $1,500 per hour.

What is Vizcaya’s capacity, both indoors and out?

Vizcaya is best suited for smaller events. The available areas inside the Main House can accommodate up to 100 seated guests. The East Terrace, which overlooks Biscayne Bay, can
accommodate up to 300 seated guests.

What areas are available for a ceremony, cocktail party, and reception?

Ceremonies can be held in the gardens, or in the Courtyard of the Main House. Cocktail parties can be held either in the Courtyard of the Main House, the gardens, or the terraces that overlook Biscayne Bay.
Smaller receptions (100 guests or fewer) may be held in the
Courtyard of the Main House.

Larger receptions (100 guests or more) may be held on the terraces that overlook Biscayne Bay and Vizcaya’s historic gardens. Tenting is recommended for events held on the upper East Terrace.

Does Vizcaya handle catering, rentals, and/or décor?

Vizcaya provides the location only and does not handle the catering/rental/décor aspect of your event. Vizcaya will supply a list of companies that are familiar with our property and its policies.

Do we need to use vendors from your list?

Although not required, we highly recommend the use of vendors that are familiar with Vizcaya’s policies.

What is the price range for caterers on your recommended list?

Prices vary widely depending on menu and caterer selected.

At what time can set-up of evening rentals begin?

Since we are open to the public during the day, set up may not begin until 3 p.m. on the upper East Terrace, 4 p.m. in the gardens, and 5:15 p.m. in the Courtyard of the Main House. For those clients who require more time, earlier set-ups are available on the East Terrace for an additional fee.

Does Vizcaya provide parking for my guests, what is the fee,
and how far is the parking lot to the entrance?

Vizcaya’s parking lot provides 125 spaces and is included in the evening rental fee. The parking lot is roughly 300 feet from the Main House.
For larger events, additional parking is available across
South Miami Avenue from the Main House.

Do you have electrical capabilities available outside for musicians,
bands and/or sound
and lighting companies?

There is a 200 amp (3) phase tie-in for the East Terrace
overlooking Biscayne Bay and also for the Garden Mound.

Is there access by boat from the Bay?

Vizcaya does not permit access from the water.

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