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NSU Art Museum

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Neighborhood: Downtown Fort Lauderdale
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Address: 1 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone Number: +1 954-525-5500
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Description: NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is a dynamic cultural hub located between...
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is a dynamic cultural hub located between Miami and Palm Beach on vibrant Las Olas Boulevard in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale's arts district. The museum's distinctive modernist building, which opened in 1986, was designed by the renowned architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. NSU Museum of Art's permanent collections contain more than 6,000 works, including celebrated holdings by the post-war, avant-garde European Cobra artists, the nation's largest collection of works by American painter William Glackens, and a significant collection of works by leading Latin American artists. The museum's 83,000 square-foot building contains 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, the 250-seat Horvitz Auditorium, a bookstore and cafe. Its 11,000 square-foot AutoNation Academy of Art + Design is located adjacent to the museum and includes state-of-the-art studios and classrooms.
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This museum is compact and so easy to see in a couple of hours. It is conveniently located in downtown Fort Lauderdale and close to lots of parking, Riverwalk, Broward Center of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Austin, tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This museum is one of my favorites. The architecture of the building, the exhibits, and the staff were all a wonderful part of my recent visits. The depth of the current Kahlo Rivera exhibit is phenomenal. I learned more about the artists (including the cultural history of the period) than I had ever known. I will visit NSU Art Museum... More 

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I was lucky to catch this exhibit right when I visited Florida. The museum is open and wonderful itself, but this specific exhibit blew my mind. There were so many sketches, paintings, and drawings of Frida, Diego, and other Mexican artists that was just amazing.

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This museum is compact and so easy to see in a couple of hours. It is conveniently located in downtown Fort Lauderdale and close to lots of parking, Riverwalk, Broward Center of Performing Arts and many more attractions. I went while they had a special exhibition of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. There were some permanent exhibits and the pottery... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Really enjoyed the current exhibition "Kahlo, Rivera + Mexican Modern Art" (ending 5/31/15), especially all the fabulous Frida drawings, paintings and photos.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The Kahlo/Rivera paintings, from the Goodman collection, were beautifully displayed, the texts were easy to read and the accompanying Gelman collection was an extra added bonus! The fact that the Goodmans are donating their collection , to the museum and, creating a research center is worthy of applause, hugs and kisses! What a legacy for the future! Do not miss... More 

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Weston, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We went to see the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit from the private collection of the Goodman's. It was a wonderful peek into the lives of these two amazing artists. Many of the pieces I had seen in photos so experiencing them right before me was mind blowing. There was a wide range of pieces in different mediums and... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Don't miss it. The Museum of Art in downtown. This world-class museum is having the blockbuster Treasures of the Vatican. Only one of 4 or 5 museums (not sure) to have it in the US, and the only one on the east coast. Some of these have never been seen by the public. (I reviews this just for my grest... More 

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Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 via mobile

How excited I was to view this collection, not only Frida and Diego, but other Mexican artists. These works were from private collections, another reviewer felt there should be more, but there can't be more with a private collection. I loved it, whoever hung it and described it, did a good job. I was with my husband who is not... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Hate to rate an "average," but on the whole the exhibits here don't have that "wow" factor that an infrequent museum-goer seeks. The recent Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera exhibit was representative: what was there was good, but I wanted MORE. More art, more interpretation -- something. I felt the same at the Gee's Bend Quilt show, a show on an interior... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Small gem of a museum. Large exhibit of underrated American artist - Glackens. Also unique collection of Picasso objects. Easy museum to navigate. An unexpected find in Ft. Lauderdale. Allow at least 90 minutes to tour.

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