The Wolfsonian”“Florida International University or The Wolfsonian-FIU, located in the heart of the Art Deco District, is a museum, library and research center that uses its collection to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design. For over one decade, now, The Wolfsonian has been a division within Florida International University, which, as one of the youngest, most dynamic and fastest growing urban universities in the United States, has developed an outstanding reputation for its teaching, advanced core curriculum and honors program and continues to expand each year in both size and stature. The Wolfsonian collection comprises approximately 120,000 pieces from the period 1885 to 1945 " the height of the Industrial Revolution until the end of the Second World War " in a variety of media, including: furniture; industrial-design objects; works in glass; ceramics; metal; rare books; periodicals; ephemera; works on paper; paintings; textiles; and medals. The countries most strongly represented are Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United States. There are also significant holdings from a number of other countries, including Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, Hungary, Japan, and the former Soviet Union. Among the collection’s strengths are: the British Arts & Crafts movement; Dutch and Italian variants of the Art Nouveau style; American industrial design; objects and publications from world’s fairs; propaganda from the First and Second World Wars and the Spanish Civil War; New Deal graphic and decorative arts; avant-garde book design; and publications and design drawings relating to architecture. The Wolfsonian offers an extensive array of academic and public programs, reaching an audience as broad and varied as its collection. The museum produces exhibitions and activities to give the public opportunities to identify and consider the historical significance of collection themes and their relevance to the world today. Ongoing public programming is extensive, including school activities, community events, lectures, films, symposia and collaborative performing arts events. Programmatic objectives focus on building audiences within the public schools and the FIU communities, while advancing The Wolfsonian’s international scholarly reputation. It also administers an annual competitive fellowship program, which has hosted more than fifty scholars since its inception, and is a member of the . The Wolfsonian has become one of the world’s preeminent exhibitors of material culture, offering educational and research opportunities to a diverse community of cultural seekers and academics.

Gallery Hours and Admission
The museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from noon-6pm; Friday from noon-9pm; and is closed on Wednesday. Free guided tours are every Friday at 6pm. Free gallery admission each Friday from 6-9pm. Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors, students, and children age 6 -12; and free for Wolfsonian members, State University System of Florida staff and students with ID, and children under six. To inquire about an exhibition (present, past, upcoming), program, or the general calendar, or to learn more about the collection and how it can be used for research, please visit or call 305. 531.1001.

The Dynamo Museum Shop and Dynamo Food Factory & Café at The Wolfsonian”“FIU
Located on the lobby level of The Wolfsonian, The Dynamo Museum Shop offers a selection of carefully selected, unconventional gifts, books, and films, much of it inspired by The Wolfsonian’s collection of modern objects from 1885-1945. The Dynamo Food Factory & Café offers a creative and varied menu featuring cakes both savory and sweet, with enough options to suit a wide range of palates and preferences, including vegetarian. Each of the savory cakes"from the spinach and feta to the crab cake to the lasagna"is served with a side of organic mixed greens. Other menu items include a daily soup, sandwiches, and cupcakes. The Museum Shop and Dynamo Food Factory & Café are open noon-6pm on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; and noon-9pm on Friday; closed Wednesday. For questions, information, or reservations about the Museum Shop, call 305.535.2680. For information about the café, call 305.535.1457.

Principal collections
  • American Industrial Design - posters, graphic designs, patent models, trade catalogs and samples, as well as objects such as cameras, clocks, radios, and phonographs. Designers include Donald Deskey, Walter Dorwin Teague, Kem Weber, and John Vassos.
  • British Arts and Crafts Movement - works by C.R. Ashbee, Christopher Dresser, Ernest Gimson, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, William Morris, M.H. Baillie Scott, etc. Said to be the largest such collection outside the United Kingdom.
  • Dutch and Italian Art Nouveau ( Nieuwe Kunst and Stile Floreale) - objects, period rooms, and a large collection of Nieuwe Kunst bookbindings.
  • German Design Reform - objects by the Darmstadt Art Colony, Vereinigte Werkstätten in Munich, and Deutscher Werkbund.
  • New Deal America - designs produced by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Federal Art Project.
  • Political Propaganda - prints, posters, drawings, books, and magazines. Propaganda from Russia/ USSR, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Spain are well-represented. The British, Dutch, German, Italian, and American holdings may be the most comprehensive in the United States.
  • Transportation and Travel - objects relating to ocean liners, airplanes, zeppelins, and trains.
  • World's Fairs and Expositions - furnishings, sculpture, paintings, and ephemera from World's Fairs since 1851.
In early 2006, the Wolfsonian-FIU opened a branch institution in Nervi, on the Italian Riviera. The sister museum is housed in a renovated school overlooking the sea, and is administered by the City of Genoa and the Region of Liguria. It features mainly Italian fine and decorative arts, design, and architecture.

Wolfsonian-sponsored Conferences and Symposia
  • Creator, Collector, Catalyst: The University Art Museum in the Twenty-First Century, December 2006
  • The Wolfsonian Education Symposium
  • 2008 IMLS WebWise Conference