Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, Fort Lauderdale: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Bonnet House Museum and Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Accredited by the American Association of Museums and listed on the national Register of Historic Places, this 35-acre historic estate on Fort Lauderdale Beach is an extraordinary blend of art, history and nature. The whimsically-designed house was built in 1920 and was home to artists Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett. Bonnet House was the romantic, whimsical winter getaway of wealthy Chicago-born artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife, Evelyn Fortune Bartlett, an artist in her own right. But unlike lavish show-palaces of the era, Bonnet House was a very personal, intimate creation intended just for family and close friends. It's been perfectly preserved in its 1930's and 40's period of significance, full of delightful surprises.
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angelofamom
Eden, NC87 contributions
Beauty and history
Sep 2021 • Couples
So much beauty and history in this place!
Volunteers were very helpful and informative, especially Linda!
Great visit.
Written September 18, 2021
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JanH2930
Atlanta, GA2 contributions
Unexpected Treasure
Aug 2021
We stumbled on the site during a walk along A1A and are so glad we investigated. This estate was powered by family wealth but has the ambience of an outsider art retreat. Quirky, artsy, surprising, and built from concrete blocks handmade on site, it's unlike any other estate home. The observer is drawn into the lives of the resident artists, their portraiture, decorative arts, and collected items. The owners' art collection includes Seurat's "Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"; the owners' paintings attained enough prominence to be included in several private collections and notable museums. The docents/staff are warm and engaged. If you're looking for an alternative to the spring break vibe, check it out.
Written August 8, 2021
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Ginny206
Atlanta, GA62 contributions
Fine Harmony of Museum and Gardens
May 2021
The gardens of the Bonnet House give you a glimpse of the way the Florida coast looked before developers turned it into what it is today. The house with all its art is an inspiring array of color. The people who worked there when I visited could be dominating and not so friendly, but I might have just met them on an off day.
Written July 10, 2021
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Simone127
Rancho Cucamonga, CA132 contributions
Hidden Gem
Jul 2021 • Friends
What a lovely spot. The self guided tour is excellent and so are the docents. Well worth the visit!. The artwork is fabulous, the house and grounds are wonderful. Favorite spot was the dining room
Written July 9, 2021
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Lorraine G
3 contributions
A treasure for Fort Lauderdale
Jun 2021
This is a must for travelers or residents. So much to learn about Fort Lauderdale and this amazing family of artists. House is the most unique house you will see full of beauty and whimsy. Syd was a wonderful host, so much knowledge and kept tour moving along with interesting stories. We always take our visiting family and friends there and never tire of it.
Written June 13, 2021
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Jessi R
Oklahoma City, OK10 contributions
Glad we went
Jun 2021 • Couples
Very enjoyable place. Loved the grounds and the history of the place. The art was fantastic and unexpected! I’m glad we went!
Written June 6, 2021
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387indy
Coral Springs, FL4,566 contributions
Bonnet House
Jun 2021
Bonnet House has a beautiful decor, they follow covid 19 procedures. They just reopened for self guided tours, there is a rain starting to happen so not as many customers. I have been here many times, majority of visitors are locals, but many tourists, about 50 % male & 50% female, all ages but majority are above 50 yrs, old. Of course its different for weddings, and education classes with students. The artwork and furnishings are super. My favorite part of tour is the grounds and the gardens.
Written June 1, 2021
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lisa renee
Grove City, OH64 contributions
Great Place
Apr 2021
This was my second time visiting - we did the self-guided tour, but still got some interesting and valuable information from the volunteers...I love the animals here... beautiful plants too...I loved the SeaShell room. I recommend this to anyone who is looking for something unique and different to tour...
Written May 1, 2021
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Gwynne
8 contributions
Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
Apr 2021
Really great experience! Saw the last monkey on the property on the way in. When you start the tour and they open the door to go into the gardens, it takes your breath away. The tour guide Sid was sooooo knowledgeable. He told the stories really well, it was a 2 hour tour and I was engaged the whole time. And that’s not easy with me :). Beautiful and magical. Reminded me a lot of the amazing compounds in Haiti.
Written April 17, 2021
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marycassell
Boston, MA7 contributions
Beyond expectations!
Mar 2021 • Couples
Amazing. Not crowded. Docents were so informative and educating. Loved the gardens, rooms and grounds. Artwork was beautiful. Old Florida style kept in its original state.
Written March 25, 2021
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  • Tue - Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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