Since opening in 1986, the Wolfsonian has become Miami's must-see museum on the beach. A division of Florida International University and a Smithsonian Museum affiliate, the Wolfsonian is known for its impressive collection of 180,000 works, which sagely explore modernity among contemporary art and design—specifically the period between 1885-1945. The museum eschews canonical works in favor of paintings, sculptures and rare books which deftly reflect the social, political and cultural preoccupations of the time. The Wolfsonian's collection is divided in two, with one major component being a non-circulatory library that speaks to the museum's steadfast dedication to research. Be sure to leave enough time for gift shop, where you will find an exciting array of designer goods and thoughtful presents sure to please any discerning friend who prefers items like a Jean Prouve letter opener over an airbrushed t-shirt. If all of the art leaves you hungry, head down to the South of Fifth area to nosh on authentic Italian food at La Locanda, a local favorite serving up beautiful wood-fired pizzas and pastas like fiocchetti with pear and cheese.