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Museum Guide for Fort Lauderdale

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The museum scene in Fort Lauderdale is all about the diverse peoples and places that give the city its historic culture and modern flair. From 1900s schoolhouses and Native American villages to contemporary installation and hurricane simulators, explore the nature, music, and heritage that makes Fort Lauderdale an educational and enriching destination.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover

11 Places

3 City Tips

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11 Places

Museum of Discovery and Science

Science Museums, Movie Theaters

NSU Art Museum

Art Museums

Museum of Contemporary Art

Art Museums

Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

Specialty Museums

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

History Museums

Old Dillard Art and Cultural Museum

Historic Sites, History Museums

Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum

Specialty Museums

Fort Lauderdale Fire and Safety Museum

Specialty Museums

History Fort Lauderdale

Historic Sites, History Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

International Swimming Hall of Fame

Specialty Museums

Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum

Military Museums

Madison S's City Tips

  • To get around, it is usually best to rent a car. While land and water taxis are available, destinations can be far apart; the longer your stay, the more worthwhile having a car is.
  • The city is famous for its heavy traffic. Try to avoid road rage by planning journeys in advance, and traveling well before or after rush hours.
  • Tipping is essential if you have enjoyed a hotel or restaurant service. It is typically 15-20% of the bill for dining, and a dollar or two per service (bell hop, maid) at hotels.
  • Museum of Discovery and Science
    Science Museums, Movie Theaters
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    Madison S Says:

    Sharks, turtles, and bats, oh my! With hundreds of interactive exhibits to explore, the Museum of Discovery and Science invites visitors to feel what real gale-force winds are like in the Storm Center, take a short ride on an Everglades Airboat Adventure, dig for fossils and learn about prehistoric creatures, or visit the resident river otters in their on-site habitat. There's something for every child's interest, from the FA-18 Mars cockpit simulator to the immersive IMAX 3D adventure films.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The museum especially caters to young children, and has children's carriage parking and daily activities for families on the move.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 32 Fun & Games in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Except for the Homeless woman working at the Musuem Store 07/15/2019
    • Informative trip for all ages 05/31/2019
    • Museum of Discovery and Science
    Address:
    401 SW 2nd St
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-1707
    Phone:
    +1 954-467-6637
    Price range:
    $17 - $17
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • NSU Art Museum
    Art Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale has an imaginative series of rotating exhibitions for visitors to enjoy, focusing on both historic and contemporary art. Its permanent collections include one of the most impressive selections of CoBrA art in the United States, as well as one of the largest compendiums of works by William Glackens.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Check the special events listings online for your time of travel - they have frequent lectures and activities, from Mini Muse for kids, to wine and food events for adults.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 104 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice place for a calm afternoon 06/17/2019
    • NSU saves the day 06/16/2019
    • NSU Art Museum
    Address:
    1 E Las Olas Blvd
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-1807
    Phone:
    +1 954-525-5500
    Hours:
    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
    Other:
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
    Art Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    The collections on display in the Museum of Contemporary Art connect modern art to historic influences and significance, cultural and otherwise. The museum's installations and exhibitions take a fresh approach to visual assembly and seek to engage visitors in an innovative way.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Exhibitions change 8-10 times a year at MOCA, so even if this is your second or third visit to Fort Lauderdale you'll be able to see something new on your trip.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #137 of 318 things to do in Miami
    • Great Exhibition! 10/27/2018
    • Meh 07/14/2018
    • Museum of Contemporary Art
    Address:
    770 NE 125th St
    Miami, FL 33161-5654
    Phone:
    +1 305-893-6211
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Tue
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Wed
    1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Thu - Sat
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
    Specialty Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    Located near Fort Lauderdale Beach, this 35-acre historic home of artists Clay Bartlett and wife Evelyn is a moment preserved in time. Sporting its original early-1900s furnishings and layout, the home is resplendent with historic charm, from the tropical gardens and lily ponds of the grounds to the art studios (still hung with the owner's work) and sitting rooms themselves. The grounds have an outer trolley to travel by, and ample wildlife on hand to keep an eye out for while you do: swans, iguanas, and even the occasional monkey.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A once-a-month, volunteer-led tour is offered, which gives guests a parting gift of young orchids to raise. Check ahead to see if your visit coincides; it's well worth it.
    • They play host to an annual orchid show in early December - an especially great time to drop by.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 104 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • I must be missing something 07/10/2019
    • Step Back In Time & Nature 07/07/2019
    • Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
    Address:
    900 N Birch Rd
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-3326
    Phone:
    +1 954-563-5393
    Price range:
    $20 - $20
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
    History Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    Located on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum is an educationally enriching experience. In fact, 'Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki' means 'a place to learn' in the language of the land's original inhabitants. Here, you can explore the history and culture of the Seminole Indians and hike along one of the Museum's nature trails to a model village, complete with traditional homes and cultural dress.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Trendsetter
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • In the village itself there are museum workers both making and selling traditional Seminole crafts. This makes for a unique, handmade souvenir from the area.
    • The outdoor amphitheater features traditional storytelling and wildlife presentations, on a weekly basis. It is suggested you call ahead to check availability and times.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Clewiston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • SO EDUCATIONAL!!! 05/13/2019
    • Don't Miss 03/24/2019
    • Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
    Address:
    34725 W Boundary Rd
    Clewiston, FL 33440-8883
    Phone:
    +1 863-902-1113
    Price range:
    $10 - $10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Old Dillard Art and Cultural Museum
    Historic Sites, History Museums
    Madison S Says:

    The Old Dillard Museum is located inside a historic school house, where permanent and rotating exhibitions highlight the past and current cultural contributions of Broward County's African-American community. The museum has an extensive Library Resource Room, hosts a number a festivals, and has myriad original artifacts and photographs documenting African-American, Caribbean, and Native American life and history in the area.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The Jazz Roomhouses at Old Dillard host a number of live performances, alongside their permanent jazz collection. Check the schedule and catch a wonderfully atmospheric show.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 104 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    • Historic site and wonderful museum 06/26/2017
    • Positive Review 03/06/2017
    • Old Dillard Art and Cultural Museum
    Address:
    1009 NW 4th St
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311-8935
    Phone:
    +1 954-765-6952
    Other:
  • Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum
    Specialty Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    Imagine you are in a 1920s Packard car showroom. That's what you'll get at the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum. Lining the vintage sign-festooned walls are more than 20 Packard motor cars on display, ranging in style from the 1900s to the 1940s - from a golfer's Roadster to a doctor's Coupe, complete with a space for his medical bag.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Make sure to arrive early! The museum closes at 3 PM. Call ahead for Saturday and Sunday hours.
    • If you're looking to host a party or event while visiting, you can rent Museum space - and their vintage French bar from the early 1900s!
    • Check out the informative film on Packard vehicles and automotive memorabilia before leaving.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 104 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing exhibition 07/02/2019
    • If you love cars this is for you 06/30/2019
    • Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum
    Address:
    1527 SW 1st Ave
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315-1710
    Phone:
    +1 954-779-7300
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Fri
    10:00 AM - 4:00 AM
    Other:
  • Fort Lauderdale Fire and Safety Museum
    Specialty Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    The Fort Lauderdale Fire and Safety Museum pays homage to those who have spent (and given) their lives providing aid and rescue during disasters. The museum is especially great for children, offering child-size uniforms to try on, as well as instructional fire-safety talk - all free of charge.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Make sure to check out the 1920s exhibit: It shows the life of a fireman in those days, complete with historically accurate rooms and furnishings.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 104 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    • THEY ARE CLOSED DOWN!!! Don't bother. 01/26/2019
    • Great place for Kids 08/09/2017
    • Fort Lauderdale Fire and Safety Museum
    Address:
    1022 W Las Olas Blvd
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-7152
    Phone:
    +1 954-763-1005
    Other:
  • History Fort Lauderdale
    Historic Sites, History Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Madison S Says:

    Take a tour through history at Old Fort Lauderdale Village & Museum. Here you can visit three historic buildings: the New River Inn (a hotel opened in 1905 and the oldest building still standing in Broward County), the King-Cromartie House (a pioneer house museum, circa 1907), and a recreated 1890s School House.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The museum is closed Saturdays and Mondays, and operates all other days only until 4:00 PM.
    • Tours are given from 1-3:00 PM, on the hour.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 104 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • This is a must see to familiarize yourself with the founding and history of Fort Lauderdale 06/06/2019
    • baecation tour 06/04/2019
    • History Fort Lauderdale
    Address:
    231 SW 2nd Ave
    Museum Lobby is at 231 SW 2nd Ave
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-1825
    Phone:
    +1 954-463-4431
    Price range:
    $10 - $10
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • International Swimming Hall of Fame
    Specialty Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    The International Swimming Hall of Fame has been operating in Fort Lauderdale since 1964. It details the personal accounts and international records set by history's greatest swimming legends, using memorabilia, photographs, and film to bring these great stories to life.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check ahead of time for opening hours.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 104 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Under renovation 06/24/2019
    • Informative Outing 06/16/2019
    • International Swimming Hall of Fame
    Address:
    1 Hall of Fame Dr
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-1694
    Phone:
    +1 954-462-6536
    Price range:
    $8 - $8
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Other:
  • Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum
    Military Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    Located in the only remaining building of the Naval Air Station of Fort Lauderdale, this museum is a must-see for those interested in WWII, and in aviation in general. With numerous model aircrafts on display, and one of few remaining instrument flight trainers, the Naval Air Station Museum offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in aviation history, including the tale of Flight 19 - which was lost in the Bermuda Triangle - through memorabilia and artifacts. There is also a model trainee's room from the Air Station's time of operation, still set up to visit.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The entire museum is volunteer-run and survives on donations. Though admission is free, think about leaving a small donation to help with upkeep.
    • The museum is small and close to the airport - therefore it makes a great stop on your way into or out of Fort Lauderdale.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 104 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A hidden gem on the Fort Lauderdale Airport property - - must see! 06/23/2019
    • Excellent Museum 03/06/2019
    • Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum
    Address:
    4000 W Perimeter Rd
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315-3514
    Phone:
    +1 954-359-4400
    Hours:
    Thu
    11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Sat - Sun
    11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Other:
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