Vizcaya Museum and Gardens seeks volunteer tour guides

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is seeking volunteers to lead guided interactive tours for its visitors. An information reception for anyone interested in becoming a Volunteer Guide is taking place on Thursday, Feb. 19, 6-8 p.m., in the Courtyard of the Main House.

New Volunteer Guides training begins on Mar. 10 for seven weeks. Training will take place on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Vizcaya. Attendance at all seven sessions is required.

Vizcaya’s Volunteer Guides have been offering guided tours to the public since 1954. The 45-minute tours are discussion- based and focus on the merging of European, American and Miami traditions in the Main House and the gardens. The guided tours promote active and social learning, and empower visitors to make meaningful personal connections.

Volunteer Guides will be selected based on an application and interview process during the information reception. RSVP by Feb. 16, to Vizcaya’s Guiding Programs manager Mark Osterman at mark.osterman@vizcaya.org.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark that preserves the Miami estate of agricultural industrialist James Deering to engage the community and its visitors in learning through the arts, history and the environVizcaya is one of the most intact remaining architectural examples from this era in United States history, when the nation’s wealthy industrialists built lavish estates inspired by the palaces of Europe.

Vizcaya features a Main House, 10 acres of formal gardens, a rockland hammock (native forest), mangrove shore, the Vizcaya Café and Shop presented by A Joy Wallace Catering, Design and Special Events, and a historic village that will be restored for additional venues for programs and community outreach.

Located at 3251 S. Miami Ave., between Brickell Avenue and Coconut Grove, Vizcaya is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For more information, visit www.vizcaya.org, connect, or call 305-250-9133.


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