Fort Lauderdale is best known for its place in the sun and for welcoming millions of eager visitors who wish to enjoy it. But aside from the beaches, the fishing and the swimming, Fort Lauderdale is a sophisticated metropolitan area with a number of amazing world-class museums that offer education, inspiration and a precious glimpse into the amazing history of the city, county and South Florida as well. Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style and content. Why not start out with the various historical museums, such as The Fort Lauderdale History Center, The Old Fort Lauderdale Village and Museum and the ever-popular Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. These museums offer a fascinating glimpse into Fort Lauderdale's storied past with photos, exhibits and tours that will give the visitor a new perspective on the Venice of America. The Dillard Museum is a unique visit for those eager to learn of the contribution of the city's African-American community. This inspirational center offers a history lesson as well as amazing current events. For fishing and swimming fans, there's a museum for both: IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum and The International Swimming Hall of Fame. Where better to exhibit these two sports than here with its world-class fishing options and endless swimming possibilities. And don't forget the arts! The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art and the Museum of Discovery and Science are true gifts to the city.