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Fort Lauderdale Historical Society

231 SW 2nd Ave, Museum Lobby is at 231 SW 2nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-1825
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Nestled in the heart of a modern downtown, History Fort Lauderdale's campus includes 3 museums that tell the story of how a wartime fort became a modern city. The campus is the largest collection of historic buildings remaining in Broward County. The History Museum, housed in the 1905 New River Inn, contains exhibits from prehistoric through present day. The Pioneer House Museum (1907) is set as if the family will return at any moment for Sunday supper. Upstairs tour Louise King's sewing room, family bedrooms with period sleepwear, children's room with period dollhouse and antique dolls. The 1899 Schoolhouse Museum is complete with period wooden desks and textbooks. Docent-led tours of all 3 museums begin every day at 1 PM, 2 PM and 3PM. Walking & Boat Tours, which include admission to all 3 museums, are also available with reservations.
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231 SW 2nd Ave, Museum Lobby is at 231 SW 2nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-1825
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely park and look back into the Ft lauderdale of old. Interesting and very well preserved. Didn’t take the tour but enjoyed walking the grounds and sitting beneath the old trees. Saw a few iguanas hanging out in the lazy afternoon sun.

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Patricia Z, General Manager at Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for posting this terrific review. Next time you visit take a tour on us!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Its a strange little museum with not a lot so they relay on showing you a video in a room for $10 a bit of a rip off.. but its a nice house in nice grounds by the water .. Lots of Iguanas in the...More

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Reviewed July 15, 2018

The beautiful old Florida House. A character and charm like no other. A dream of mine to own my own one day with its old hard wood floors, wrap around porch, many windowed, pine and built to last, they have seen every hurricane. Bending with...More

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Patricia Z, General Manager at Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Wow! Thanks so much for this terrific review! We're so glad you enjoy and we agree, it's the most beautiful location on the New River.

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Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

Honestly, when I found out the difference between the self guided tour, which limits you to the Inn only, and the docent guided tour was $5 I jumped on it. The guide was beyond knowledgable. So willing to answer loads of questions and super detailed...More

1  Thank Maria R
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Patricia Z, General Manager at Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2018

We're so pleased you had a great experience! Thanks so much for taking the time to review us!

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Reviewed June 11, 2018

Being a local, I had never heard of this museum until I saw a Groupon and decided to go and check it out. The museum is located at the end of Tarpon Bend. It sits on the New River Canal. The museum is housed in...More

6  Thank Cynderella43
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Patricia Z, General Manager at Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2018

Thanks so much for visiting us and this great review!

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Reviewed May 1, 2018

No longer called the Ft. Lauderdale Historical Society or the Hoch Heritage Center, this quaint village and research center was difficult for us to locate. There were construction detours. We also stumbled a bit with the cell phone google map because this entire historical village...More

1  Thank 630grego
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Patricia Z, General Manager at Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2018

Thanks so much for this terrific review! We apologize for any inconvenience you had finding us, but are so glad you did. We're currently re-branding as "History Fort Lauderdale."

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Reviewed March 13, 2018

This is a lovely museum comprised of 3 historic (or reconstructed) late 19th century buildings. The main house is filled with exhibits which tell the history of the growth and settlement of Ft Lauderdale. The King Cromartie House gives you an impression of how people...More

1  Thank annettefromm
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Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

We toured 3 buildings, an inn, schoolhouse and house original to the time fort Lauderdale was actually a fort. The property explains how fort Lauderdale began. One of the buildings was moved there from another location. The staff is very knowledgeable and much of the...More

2  Thank Lynn F
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Reviewed February 20, 2018

We gained a daughter-in-law when our son and his college sweetheart were married outdoors at this location. The former New River Inn is a museum and one of several building in this riverside complex.

Thank Dave L
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Reviewed February 14, 2018 via mobile

Because we had limited time we chose the self-guided tour. $10 each which included a 10 minute film an a few rooms with artifacts. It did not include any of the other buildings. Waste unless you take the guided tour.

2  Thank Cindy C
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Response from Mary Q | Reviewed this property |
Hi, the parking right next to the museum/house. Lots of history, I think it was the original house in the area. Across from the house, is the intercoastal, you can go for a short walk-to the left is a neat looking rest... More
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