Fort Lauderdale Museums

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Fort Lauderdale Museums

MUSEUMS – The Art of Learning & Discovering Has Never Been this Much Fun!

Families and curious explorers alike will appreciate Fort Lauderdale’s unique cultural landscape. We’ve got fascinating museums and kid-oriented playgrounds that are both entertaining and informative near the Royal Palms.

The historic Bonnet House Museum and Gardens is within walking distance and must be seen to truly understand our fascinating local history and pioneering legends.

They say that, “The history of Bonnet House also reflects more ancient times when not only aboriginal people camped here, but Northern European explorers as well. Thus, the story of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens parallels virtually all of American history and makes the visit uniquely educational and entertaining.”

Enhance your vacation by experiencing tropical gardens and artifacts while learning about one of the last natural areas with shade trees, hammocks and freshwater lagoons. Plenty of diverse wildlife and bird life can be found here, as well.

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
900 North Birch Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 563.5393

The historic Stranahan House was built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, credited as Fort Lauderdale’s founding father, and his wife Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the area’s first school teacher. It is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County and has served as a trading post, post office, town hall and home to the Stranahans. The house is a wood-frame vernacular structure with wide porches and a stunning view of the New River.

Stranahan House
335 SE 6th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 524.4736

Most of the buildings that comprise the Fort Lauderdale History Center along the banks of the historic New River were built in early 1900s as school houses, inns and homes, but are now used to explore the history of what we call “Old Fort Lauderdale.” Check out the 1907 house museum, three other 1905 historic structures, and a museum in the old New River Inn.

Fort Lauderdale History Center
219 SW 2nd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 463.4431

Of course, for those needing a modern and thrilling experience – take a Water Taxi to the Museum of Discovery and Science in downtown Fort Lauderdale! They have many hands-on activities and an IMAX 3D movie theater, too!

They’ve got hours of stuff for kids of all ages and for adults who are kids at heart. Take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, enjoy the playful antics of river otters, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils alongside a giant megalodon shark and see exciting science theater shows.

Museum of Discovery and Science
401 SW 2nd St Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 467.6637

At the Young at Art Museum, ride a subway, visit a cave and discover a dig in ArtScapes. STOMP to the rhythm, build sand sculptures and recycled puppets in GreenScapes. Learn about faraway customs in CultureScapes. Explore the world of Alice in WonderScapes. Create a masterpiece in every gallery. Enjoy South Florida’s unique hands-on children’s art museum.

Young at Art Museum
751 SW 121 Avenue
Davie, FL 33325
(954) 424.0085

The International Game Fish Association (IFGA) is a superb museum dedicated to fish and fishing! While it’s a short trip away from Royal Palms , you’ll see spectacular examples of game fish like marlin and grouper. This is an informative and exciting place to learn all about marine-life.

IGFA is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making, and record keeping. The IGFA remains committed to the collection of historical information and artifacts related to the history of sport fishing.

300 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL 33004 (located next to Bass Pro Shops/Outdoor World)
Phone: (954) 922.4212

Nova Southeastern University’s Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale on nearby Las Olas Boulevard offers amazing contemporary art and often exhibits rare art from around the world. Go online and check out the latest exhibit, but usually there’s always something eye-opening to appreciate and absorb. In addition to exhibition space, the museum is also home to the 11,000 square-foot AutoNation Academy of Art + Design. The museum is home to a permanent collection of more than 6,000 works of art.

Nova Southeastern University’s Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, is located at One East Las Olas Boulevard at the corner of Andrews Avenue in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale.

1 E Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: (954) 525.5500