Fort Lauderdale Museums Offer Inspiration, Education and a Glimpse into Yesteryear

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.



Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum
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Today, the story of Florida's Seminole Indians is told as well as painstakingly exhibited in an amazing setting at Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in Clewiston, Fla., northwest of Fort...  Read More



When it comes to family activities in Greater Ft. Lauderdale the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is a cherished cultural center that is a perhaps the most all-inclusive stop, offering a myriad of art exhibits, theater, music and dance...  Read More

Old Fort Lauderdale Village and Museum


Fort Lauderdale has a rich history which may be overshadowed by the more modern an sophisticated metro area that it has become. Old Fort Lauderdale Village and Museum chronicles the city's history from the early Seminole era to World War II. It...  Read More



Fort Lauderdale's rich history for African-Americans is presented in this inspiring museum. Many of the honors that are due to pioneers in the African-American community in Broward County are not recorded, but it is here through exhibits and...  Read More

IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum
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Fort Lauderdale is well-known for its proximity to some of the world's best fishing. So what better place to enjoy a fascinating glimpse at the sport of fishing than at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum? Fisherman of every age and...  Read More

Fort Lauderdale History Center


Vacationers are often surprised at the long history of the city of Fort Lauderdale. Once a rustic outpost the Venice of America had all the trappings of a typical early 20th century town. The Fort Lauderdale History Center is just the place to...  Read More

Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum


If you go weak at the knees over a gorgeous set of wheels, don't miss the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum, an exceptional local gem. Established as a non-profit foundation for education to showcase the history of the Packard Motor Company as...  Read More



Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is a striking historic site and is a must-see in Fort Lauderdale. Set amidst a peaceful seaside oasis overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the unique 1920s-era house was once the beloved home of free spirited artists...  Read More

Museum of Art
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Add some color to your Fort Lauderdale itinerary with the Museum of Art on Las Olas Boulevard. Founded in 1958 and set in an amazing Edward Larrabee Barnes-designed architectural masterpiece, this museum boasts alluring temporary exhibits and a...  Read More

The Museum of Discovery and Science
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The Museum of Discovery and Science is an exciting hub of inspiration and education for adults and children alike. At this playful and exciting stop you can see sharks and the largest living Atlantic coral reef in captivity. Children will be...  Read More


Meet Dale Mack

Dale Mack has been involved in Fort Lauderdale tourism and promotions for over twenty years. Working for Travelhost Magazine in Dallas, Texas, he was especially drawn to the edition...  More About Dale