Bonnet House Museum

Bonnet House

Bonnet House

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

In 1920, artist Frederic Clay Bartlett created Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, 35 acres of oceanfront land in South Florida. The house was a gift to him and his second wife, Helen Louise Birch, from her father.

Five years later, Helen died of breast cancer and Frederic visited the house less often. He remarried and then began the restructuring of the house. A beautiful house museum emerged, dedicated to historic and environmental preservation.

After Frederic died, his wife Evelyn gave the house to the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. Additionally, Bonnet House is accredited by the American Association of Museums. The site is also listed on the National Register of Historic places and declared a historic landmark.

Today, thousands of people visit the house museum and surrounding gardens daily to delight in its beauty.  It is one of the “must see” attractions for tourists as well as local residents.

Bonnet House is between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. It has two entrances:

  • Vehicle entrance  South of Sunrise Boulevard at 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304.
  • Pedestrian only entrance 750 Breakers Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304.

Fun Fact

Bonnet House served as the finish line for the seventh season of the hit reality show The Amazing Race.

Public Tour Hours:

  • Tuesday through Sunday – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Tour Times are: 9:30 / 10:30 / 11:30 / 12:30 / 1:30 / 2:30 / 3:30
  • Final house tour is at 3:30pm
  • Gates close at 4:00pm
  • Closed: Mondays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • For more information, please call (954) 563-5393

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