Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

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
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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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nancyt
Chicago, IL24 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
My favorite part of my visit was learning the history of the bonnet house and viewing the beautiful artwork. Mr Hugh Taylor Birch was a true conservationist. An interesting fact is that when the property was deeded to the city it was stipulated that there was to be no building on the mile plus stretch of beach across from the mansion. Such a forward thinking philanthropist was Mr Birch. The Florida state park just across Sunrise blvd is named in his honor.
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Written 29 January 2023
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HighclereC
Toronto, Canada165 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
We spent an hour walking around the grounds and the house
Such wonderful volunteers working there
I loved the studio and the kitchen and dining room the best
A great way to spend a couple of hours
It helped to watch the video befor touring around
Written 29 January 2023
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SeekingSpecial
Ontario, Canada29 contributions
Jan 2023
After many years visiting Ft Lauderdale finally decided to take the full tour. Amazing gem, history and tranquility in the heart of a very touristy FLL
Written 12 January 2023
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TheAJFexperience
Sheffield, UK81 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
Little gem of a house n Fort Lauderdale
Very eclectic and interesting
Well worth a visit
Exceedingly friendly volunteers
Written 30 December 2022
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spendley3
Tucson, AZ170 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
We took a guided tour with Linda, and it really made the history of the house and the Birch and Bonnet families come alive. There's quite a bit of Bonnet's whimsical art throughout, and although the tour did not show all the rooms, you will come away with a very special cocktail recipe! My favorite part was the inside courtyard. It's just beautiful, and I could sit there all day.
Written 15 December 2022
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Ted B
17 contributions
Dec 2022
A hidden gem. Took two tours, One of the grounds and one of the house, Both were excellent. Tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. Very interesting and informative.
Written 7 December 2022
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Wm H V
Fort Lauderdale, FL75 contributions
Jun 2022
Very enjoyable day. Self guided with speakers guiding the history lesson thru out. Beautiful place well worth the visit
Written 17 November 2022
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Brianabulls
Miami, FL401 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
I had a great experience at the Bonnet House. The entire experience from beginning to end was amazing. First off the staff is extremely knowledgeable and add a friendly element right off the bat. The home is well maintained and the layout is easily navigable. The gardens and lawns are beautiful and make for great pictures. The information was also valuable and uniquely Floridian.
Written 10 November 2022
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MBDinNJ
Mountain Lakes, NJ239 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
We enjoyed walking through the house and grounds, learning about the history of the home and it’s residents. Audio tour was very informative. Lots of knowledgeable staff throughout.
Written 27 October 2022
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Jill D
3 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
Wonderfully interesting tour! The history and artwork was presented in such a beautiful setting. Our decent Sid, was charming and a wealth of knowledge. You won’t be disappointed!
Written 22 October 2022
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