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Wolfsonian-FIU, Museums and attractions, Miami
Photograph: Courtesy Wolfsonian-FIU

Time Out says

Housed in a finely restored 1927 storage facility, this museum and research center explores how design shapes and reflects the human experience. If that sounds a bit stuffy, it’s not. The artifacts include some real treats—a deco postbox from New York’s Central Station, a stained-glass window by fey Irish illustrator Harry Clarke, and Cuban cinema posters, as well as lots of attractively displayed furniture, ceramics, metalwork, paintings and architectural drawings. The permanent exhibits are supplemented by touring exhibitions, lectures and films.


1001 Washington Ave
Cross street:
at 10th St
Bus C, H, K, W, South Beach Local
Admission $7; $5 reductions; free Fri 6–9pm
Opening hours:
Mon, Tue, Thur, Sat, Sun noon–6pm; Fri noon–9pm
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"Turn the Beat Around"

Showcasing posters, record and sheet music covers, film clips and audio, Turn the Beat Around at FIU's Wolfsonian museum explores the artistic exchange between Cuban and American music and dance from the 1930s through the 1960s. From rumba, conga and Afro-Cuban jazz to mambo, cha-cha-cha and salsa, these infectious rhythms flowed out of tourist-packed Havana cabarets, New York City dance halls and Hollywood films. The exhibition brings to life the musical fusion found between cultures, illustrating how musicians of both nations produced new musical forms by riffing off their neighbors. 

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