Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Jul 15 ~ Jul 21
The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is a must-visit for travelers of all ages. Built in the 1900s, it is a perfect representation of life on a beachfront estate. It contains incredible architecture, art, and ecology that provide visitors with an insight into what life was like back then.

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens Visitors Guide

This property has a long romantic history that started in 1919 when real estate investor and attorney Hugh Taylor Birch gifted the 35-acre property to his daughter Helen Louise Birch and her husband Frederic Clay Bartlett. In 1920, Frederic built Bonnet House. After Helen’s death from breast cancer in 1925, Frederic’s visits to Bonnet House became less frequent until he married Evelyn Fortune Lilly in 1931. Together they adorned Bonnet House with the decorative elements that astound visitors to this day.

The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is a historic, beautiful home—a favorite of locals and visitors alike. You'll see a fantastic collection of decorative and fine art and original furnishings in the main house. The property also features a Desert Garden composed of arid plantings, a hibiscus garden, and the main courtyard planted with tropical vegetation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are service animals allowed?

Yes. The Bonnet House welcomes trained service animals. Keep in mind that other animals, including support and comfort animals, are not permitted.

2. Are wheelchairs available?

Yes. Wheelchairs are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis.

3. Can I bring in a backpack?

To ensure the protection of collection items, backpacks, large bags, and tripods are not allowed.

4. Can I take videos while on a tour?

Videos are not allowed on Bonnet House guided tours.


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