Skip to main content
Top Museums in Fort Lauderdale

Discover the Top Museums in Fort Lauderdale

With miles of gorgeous coastline and so many fun things to do in sunny Fort Lauderdale, visitors often miss-out on attractions like museums and the area’s many historic homes.

In terms of organized development, Florida is young when compared to places like New England. Native occupation, however, dates back more than 4,000 years, according to archaeological evidence.

*Fun Fact*
Prior to the 20th century, Fort Lauderdale was known as “New River Settlement.”

Top Museums

    1. Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

      Built in 1920, Bonnet House is one of the few complete homes and studios of two American artists open to the public. The museum also provides artists opportunity to exhibit their work.

      • 900 N. Birch Rd.
      • Tour Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
    2. Historic Stranahan House Museum

      Stranahan House was built in 1901 by Ft. Lauderdale’s founding father and his wife, Ivy Stranahan, who was the area’s first school teacher.

      • 335 Southeast 6th Ave.
      • Daily guided tours start at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm
    3. Ft. Lauderdale Antique Car Museum

      Car enthusiasts will love this specialty museum dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Packard Motor Co. The museum features a collection of pre-war automobiles and hundreds of other memorabilia.

      • 1527 SW 1st St.
      • Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm (Call for hours on Saturdays and Sundays)
    4. NSU Museum of Art

      This 83,000-sq. ft. modernist building houses a celebrated permanent collection of more than 6,000 works of art. Visitors often remark that the displays of 19th and 20th century paintings inspire an appreciation for art and history.

      • 1 E. Las Olas Blvd.
      • Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm, and Sunday, noon – 5pm
    5. Fort Lauderdale Historical Society Museum Campus

      The campus is home to Broward County’s first building on the National Register and The King Cromartie House Museum. There’s also an 1899 Ivy Cromartie Schoolhouse replica.

      • 219 Southwest 2nd Ave.
      • Monday – Friday, 12pm – 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am – 4pm
    6. Museum of Discovery and Science

      Arguably the most popular museum in the area, the Museum of Discovery and Science boasts multiple exhibits and even hosts South Florida’s largest IMAX theater.

      • 401 SW 2nd St
      • Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm, and Sunday, 12pm – 6pm

Relax After the Fun

A visit to some of these Fort Lauderdale museums is a must for anyone who loves art, history, and beautiful architecture.

Then, relax at our Fort Lauderdale-Plantation hotel after a long day of walking and exploring. A refreshing dip in our resort-style pool is the perfect way to end the day.