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Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

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Address: 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Phone Number: 954-563-5393
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Ponds with bonnet water lilies and tropical gardens surround this historic...
Ponds with bonnet water lilies and tropical gardens surround this historic 35-acre 1921 courtyard style waterfront home, whose artistic and innovative owners, famed artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife Evelyn, made equally beautiful inside.
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insight into life of the wealthy of the 1930's in south Florida

Interesting view into life in south Florida of a wealthy couple. He was a famous artist who lived there as a widow and with his third wife. Very eclectic style. Not a gorgeous... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Interesting view into life in south Florida of a wealthy couple. He was a famous artist who lived there as a widow and with his third wife. Very eclectic style. Not a gorgeous mansion but very interesting.

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We love visiting historic places that were private homes. This is one of the best. The environment surrounding the house is quite special. A glimpse of the resident monkeys is always a treat. The former residents were artists and they inserted it in places into the fabric of the house. This is a great whimsical place where artists lived and... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I spent about an hour and a half here touring the Bonnet House and Gardens. Our docent was very informative as she led us through this beautiful house and its art treasures and collections. I particularly enjoyed Evelyn Fortune Lilly's art. In my opinion her artistry outshines Mr. Barlett's work! Evelyn was Frederic Clay Bartlett's second wife after his first... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The property is wonderful, the house is beautiful, we don't have the same taste for devor as the owners and thought that the tour took too much time. It didn't seem to us that the owner's life was that important or interesting. Sorry.

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

It's a great place to have a nice walk. The trees, flowers and ponds were beautiful. It is a bit overpriced.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I wish I could give Bonnet House a higher rating, because it is a really interesting place to visit - the way these extremely rich people lived starting in the 1920s is fascinating. I wasn't aware of the family's remarkable contributions to the Art Institute of Chicago. The staff - I believe they are almost all volunteers - are wonderful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Cool sunny day in Fort Lauderdale. Spent a couple of house at the Bonnet House, nice to see the first house built on the island, enjoyed seeing the paintings, the art, the unique perspective of the residents. It was easy to get around, the brochures and maps were informative, the volunteer tour guide was friendly and engaging. The orchids were... More 

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Afton, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We and friends toured the house and gardens of the Bartlett family on a weekday afternoon. While the lot was mostly full we did not feel any crowds while walking the property. The guided tour is a must to truly appreciate the unique history, the artistic and exotic interests of the Bartletts and the rare plants & gardens. We also... More 

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Huntington, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a historical place on the island. It has art and if you take the tour you learn about the history of Ft Lauderdale and the surrounding areas.

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Mashpee, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Bonnet House is a fascinating glimpse as to how Ft. Lauderdale was in the 1920's, before A1A and the high rises. In fact, when Ft. Lauderdale was little more than a village. For the artist owner, who designed and built the place, it was a work in progress over the course of his life. Being only a winter house,... More 

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