History Fort Lauderdale
History Fort Lauderdale
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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. Guided tours of all 3 museums begin every day at 1 PM, 2 PM and 3PM.
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Maria H
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May 2021 • Couples
Fun adventure and beautiful local art upstairs. Loved seeing the history but the gem was definitely the art upstairs. The museum has a $10 tour fee, but the in house local artists area is completely free to visit and was my favorite part of the adventure.
Written May 3, 2021
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Patricia Z
The New River Artists' Coop is relatively new to our museum and we are pleased to showcase these amazing artists. Thanks for taking time to review your visit.
Written May 12, 2021
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Gavin S
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May 2021 • Couples
Something to do in between events became more than a simple way to fill time. The museum was well thought out with different rooms displaying all sorts of historical events and people that contributed to Fort Lauderdale’s rich history. While tours were an option, we did the simple self guided tour. The atmosphere was friendly and educational with 3 floors showing displaying artifacts, documents and photos etc. Great place to spend and hour or 2 and would definitely recommend to someone new or visiting Fort Lauderdale!!
Written May 24, 2021
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Patricia Z
Thank you!!
Written May 28, 2021
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ebstevenson227
Barcelona, Spain2 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
This used to be a science museum when I was little and I hadn't been back in 30 years. I was suprised to learn so much about the city I grew up in, so much that I had never known before. And a great surprise at the end on the 2nd floor!
Written February 2, 2023
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Patricia Z
We're so pleased your enjoyed your visit. Thank you!!
Written February 7, 2023
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laura759
Peterborough, Canada151 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Interesting place to get to know some of the history. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The artists’ displays on the third floor were delightful. We met Twyla, one of the featured artists, who took time to show us around the workshops. Well worth the time spent here. We just did the self-guided trip but I think the guided tour would have been a better choice if the timing had worked for us.
Written March 9, 2020
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We're glad you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for the review!
Written March 10, 2020
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Goppa2016
London, Canada13 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
Three buildings to see: hotel, school house, and historic home. There is a lovely artist in residence area in the hotel. The guided tour is highly recommended: the guide was knowledgeable and thorough and clearly passionate about local history.
Written February 23, 2023
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Patricia Z
Thanks for visiting and taking time to review us.
Written March 7, 2023
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Bbmadara
Lauderdale Lakes, FL3 contributions
Oct 2020
erwalkVery engaging neighborhood. Enjoyed railroad bridge across the street, well done Museum exhibits and New River riverwalk. Wonderful deep dive into origin of Fort Lauderdale. We stayed the day exploring and observing the flow of boats on the river. Water taxi and Stranahan House are a wonderful 15 minutes away on the riveralk.
Written October 18, 2020
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We're so pleased you enjoyed your time on our beautiful New River. Thanks for taking the time to review us!
Written October 20, 2020
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Master Creed
Hollywood, FL5 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
Daniel was exceptional with his knowledge. Val was super welcoming when we came in and Welcomed us to the New River Inn which added an historical touch. My daughter learned much today. I recommend the guided tour because the additional building are a value added experience. I will come back.
Written March 19, 2023
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Patricia Z
We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for taking time to review us.
Written March 22, 2023
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Cucu28
Hollywood, FL169 contributions
Feb 2013
This place would be much nicer if not on every corner there was a pan handler or homeless person sleeping on the benches where you could really sit and watch the water. Disappointed
Written April 10, 2013
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bcsunshinegal
Delta, Canada50 contributions
Just across the tracks (west) of the #1water taxi stop, is a jem of Fort Lauderdale history. We rode the water taxi to the railway bridge, as the bridge was down we ventured farther along the waterfront by foot and came across this wonderful museum. David, our guide, was thorough in the history while keeping the tour interesting. The one hour guided tour of the main building, house, and school house gave a good overview. On the 2nd floor of the main building is a photo and archive gallery with very interesting, well presented memorobilia of the last 125 years.
A pleasant and informative way to learn about Fort Lauderdale.
Written May 9, 2015
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Cynderella43
Fort Lauderdale, Florida538 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
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 two buildings. In the first building, they show you a video about its history.

You are then escorted next door to a Georgian-style house built in 1907 by Edwin T. King, the town’s first builder, Boatwright, and citrus grower. He actually built this house on the south bank of the New River near U.S.1. It was later barged to its current location in 1971.

There are many antiques that are original to the home. The guide went room by room explaining what everything was. You are allowed to get a close-up look and take pictures. We were then taken upstairs to the bedrooms.

After the house, we were led to the one-room schoolhouse and also shown the acetylene gas generator that was built in 1905, that supplied lighting to the New River Inn and the Bryan Home.

From there, we were taken back to the main building and allowed to walk around at our own pace. They do have a very small gift shop with items for sale.

Overall, I am glad I took the tour and walked away with some interesting facts I did not know about my hometown.

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Written June 11, 2018
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Thanks so much for visiting us and this great review!
Written June 21, 2018
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