Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
This is a huge house - I mean mansion! They take you on tours and tell you the history of the people who built it and lived there. I think they had a lot of money. The gardens look like a jungle with every color flower and you’ll see squirrel monkeys jumping through the treetops - watch out because they might spit on you. There are white swans and a talking parrot too.
This gorgeous museum, not far from Fort Lauderdale Beach, was on our must-see list. It sits on 35 serene acres which include a mangrove swamp, a coastal hammock, a maritime forest and even a desert garden. It was built in 1920 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The owner, Frederic Clay Bartlett, was a skilled artist as well as an avid art collector and the house showcases a vast amount of his work, along with many famous painters. His third wife, Evelyn Fortune Bartlett, was a talented artist also and you will see much of it displayed in the Bonnet House’s Carl J. Weinhardt Gallery.
The lush grounds surrounding this South Florida home are one of the last examples of native barrier island habitat. Evelyn Bartlett loved collecting orchids and you will see one of the largest collections anywhere in the Southeast. Don’t miss the parrots that live in the courtyard aviary, the elegant swans in the lily pond and occasionally the manatees that hang around the boathouse canal. The kids will enjoy the shell house, with its pretty array of seashells.
The Bonnet House also offers adult workshops in everything from Calligraphy and Outdoor Watercolor to Orchids and Birding. Weddings and corporate events are often held there and specialized tours are available and very popular with students. For an additional fee you might enjoy the winter music series, which runs from January to April. The activities include live music on the veranda lawn, wine, canapés and desserts in and around the house and grounds. You’ll also find a charming Gift Shop on site with giclee prints of original Bartlett artwork as well as jewelry, handmade crafts and antiques.
900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Admission (subject to change - last we checked it was):
Public Tour Hours(subject to change - last we checked hours were):
Tour Times: 11:30 /12:30 / 1:30 / 2:30 / 3:30
NOTE: Family Memberships are only $125 and include free admission for two adults and all children in the household under age 18 as well as a 15% discount in the Gift Shop.
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