Mitchell “Micky” Wolfson Jr. has just donated an extensive collection of art, antiques, artifacts, and even machinery and the building that houses them to Florida International University. Wolfson collects objects created between 1885 and 1945 with focusing on the industrial revolution, global conflict and modernization. Wolfson, 73 donated the Miami Beach Wolfsonian Museum on Washington Avenue 16 years ago both building and objets. Now Wolfson, will repeat the donation by giving a $1.5 million downtown Miami space known as the Mitchell Wolfson Jr. Study Centre, and his entire collection in it, to Florida International University on July 1.
“History is just being born in Miami,” he said, commenting from Paris where he is known to hit the flea markets and antique stores with regularity. He is a non-stop collector, to the benefit of the university and everyone lucky enough to see the unique collection.