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Free & cheap events: Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach

The Wolfsonian-FIU Museum is more than just a venue to view art exhibitions. It also hosts free book discussions, art classes and family events.

It's a museum that explores the inventive and provocative character of the modern world through objects and design that reveal how the past influences the present and shapes the future. 

The Wolfsonian

The Wolfsonian is at 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139. Call 305-531-1001 for more info. Admission is free for all Florida residents, Wolfsonian members, State University System of Florida staff, students with ID and children under 6.

For all others, admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors, students, and children ages 6 to 18. The museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 am. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; and is closed on Wednesday. Visit  online at wolfsonian.org for further information.

February Events:

Thurs., Feb. 15 from 6-9 p.m.:
Conversations with Curators: Silhouettes features a curator-led tour at 6:15 p.m., talk with Curator Christopher Norwood and FIU Professor and Curatorial Consultant Shawn Christian at 7 p.m. and culminating in a meet and greet at 8 p.m. Part of Miami Beach Culture Crawl Programming.

Wed., Feb. 21 from 7-9 p.m.:
New Music ISCM Festival with a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. followed by a 7:30 p.m. performance by cellist Jason Calloway, pianist Jen Hui Chen, and composer/electronic musician Jacob Sudol.

Friday, Feb. 23, 7-8 p.m.:
“The Erotics of Friendship,” Queer Literary Studies scholar Dr. Octavio R. González examines the romantically charged lifelong friendship between two key figures of the Harlem Renaissance—writer, patron, and photographer Carl Van Vechten, and translator, actress, and teacher Dorothy Randolph Peterson.

Into the Stacks: Souvenirs at Wolfsonian on March 1, 2024.

March events:

Friday, March 1 from 7-9 p.m.
Into the Stacks: Souvenirs featuring a selection of keepsakes from the past, from world's fair trinkets to ball favors, picture postcards to matchbooks, that show how the impulse to collect and remember goes way back. Nathaniel Sandler, director of Bookleggers Library, and Luna Goldberg, Wolfsonian assistant director of education, will show off their finds.

Wed., March 6 from 7-9 p.m.:
New Music ISCM Festival with a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. followed by a 7:30 p.m. performance contemporary classical musicians.

Current Exhibitions:

Opening Feb. 21 “What's On the Menu,” through May 26, 2024.

“The Big World: Alternative Landscapes in the Modern Era” through June 2, 2024

“Silhouettes: Image and Word in the Harlem Renaissance,” through June 23, 2024

“Harry Clarke and the Geneva Window,” ongoing

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The Erotics of Friendship Talk
When
February 23, 2024 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
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The Erotics of Friendship Talk
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Wolfsonian-FIU
Cost
FREE
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March 1, 2024 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
What
Into the Stacks: Souvenirs
Where
Wolfsonian-FIU
Cost
FREE
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March 6, 2024 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
What
New Music ISCM Festival
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Wolfsonian-FIU
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