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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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11:00 am - 8:00 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

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is a dynamic cultural hub located...

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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Very nice local museum

Enjoyed very much the Hatian Photography exhibit. The exhibits appear to rotate every few months, so you may want to check ahead to see what is currently on display. Great way to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 9, 2015
Nate C
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you have done everything else in Ft. Lauderdale, or it's a rainy day, then I would make the visit. There were no major exhibits here. Just some minor ones, and some of pica's early works, and ceramics. Definite;y not like some of the major city art museums, but certainly an interesting hour if you have nothing else to do,... More 

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Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came to see the Glackens paintings, exhibited no where else. Most of the venue was well curated, the Lee Miller photos we're a wonderful surprise. The facilities are still a work in progress.

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Plantation, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been here many times. The one good thing is that they change their menu frequently however it is very expensive. For example on their newest menu they have chicken pot pie for almost $7. I thought that it would not homemade however it was just like the Swanson's chicken pot pies you can get in the freezer section... More 

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Coral Gables, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although we in Miami certainly miss Bonnie Clearwater, her affiliation with this museum has certainly been a lure. The Frieda Kahlo/ Diego Rivera show was impeccable! The stained glass wall in the lobby near the elevators on the first floor is not to be missed ...Upcoming shows look promising! Definitely the museum is improving .....it's a lovely way to spend... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Few people are aware of Picasso did pottery and dishware. Currently one of the 3 exhibits here show some of this work. When you see the pieces they are instantly recognizable as some of his work. I found this very interesting. One of the other exhibits is photography of Lee Miller. Some nudes and work from World War 2. The... More 

1 Thank NFdolt
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

I love this museum because it is small and you are not overwhelmed. Take time afterwards, and walk to Las Olas Blvd for lunch or walk the Riverfront.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Over zealous security guard shouts at us as we entered the building FIVE whole minutes before opening. Why was the door open then?! Paid the entry fee only to then be informed that the entire ground floor was shut! I resent paying full fee to only see half the gallery. Even the Guggenheim in NYC offers discounted tickets when parts... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Picasso exhibit was great. His ceramics exhibit was something we hadn't experienced at out Baltimore Museum of Art. The story behind the pieces was very interesting. I also felt I could do what he did if I had the right tools! The Haitian Photography wonderful and informative! great pics.

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the NSU Art Museum. My reason for visiting was to check out the exhibit "From Withing and Without: The History or Haitian Photography." It was excellent. So much information. Very well curated. The museum shop was nice. I ended up purchasing a book, a bag, and earrings. This exhibit ends Oct. 4 I hope... More 

1 Thank BelleKreyol
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Enjoyed very much the Hatian Photography exhibit. The exhibits appear to rotate every few months, so you may want to check ahead to see what is currently on display. Great way to spend a couple of hours out of the sun!

Thank Nate C

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