Visit Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Built in 1920 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is one of the few complete homes and studios of two American artists open to the public. Nestled among miles of beachfront development are 35 acres of a pristine barrier island ecosystem. The Main House is filled with a collection of art and the personal treasures of the Birch/Bartlett families. Here, you can walk where ancient Tequesta Indians, early European settlers, and shipwrecked sailors once roamed. See one of the finest orchid collections in the continental U.S. and catch a glimpse of playful monkeys, majestic swans, wading birds and an occasional manatee.
Bonnet House is situated on a coastal barrier island. Much of the natural environment of barrier islands has been lost today to commercial development. A walk along the Nature Trail allows you to step back in time and experience a rare piece of old South Florida.
In addition to being open for public tours, Bonnet House hosts an annual series of outdoor music concerts, and annual orchid festival, provides exhibition opportunities for artists, and displays examples of the artwork of Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett. Bonnet House also offers educational programs for Broward County as well as adult educational programs in art, ornithology, and orchid cultivation.
Tour Hours: Tuesday – Sunday – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tour Times: 9:30 / 10:30 / 11:30 / 12:30 / 1:30 / 2:30 / 3:30
Last house tour 3:30pm. Gates close at 4:00pm
Bonnet House is closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. *Bonnet House will be closed Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7 for the Lauderdale Air Show.*
Students (ages 6 – 12): $16.00
Children (under age 6): FREE
Bonnet House Members: FREE
Gardens Only: $10.00 (Does not include access to the house)
Tram Tour: $2.00
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Orchid Greenhouse Tour
These tours are offered the second Tuesday of each month from 11am – 12pm for $20 per person.
Enjoy a behind the scenes view of one of Evelyn Bartlett’s passions – orchids! Our orchid curator will show you our three grow areas holding approximately 1,500 orchids: the Display House where our flowering orchids are kept, the North Greenhouse and the Lath house where the award winning Vanda collection is housed. A treat for orchid enthusiasts and novices! The tour is limited to 15 to allow for photos and questions. Pre-registration is required. Orchid divisions from the original collection, including the beloved fragrant Vanda Cindy Banks will be available for purchase.
Reservations are Required for Orchid Greenhouse Tours. Please Click Here or call (954) 703-2606 to reserve your space.
Behind the Scenes – Private Living Quarters Tour
These tours are offered the second and fourth Wednesday of each month December – April from 2pm – 3pm for $20 per person.
Visitors will participate in a VIP experience at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Take a sneak peek inside normally-closed areas of Evelyn and Frederic Bartlett’s private living quarters. Tours are led by our seasoned Bonnet House docents and will be offered for only $20 per person. Visitors will enjoy rooms not seen on our other tours. The main house tour is not included. If you are interested in viewing the main house, normal admission fees apply.
The tour is offered in groups of 10 to allow for questions and discussion. Limited reservations available, pre-registration required. Please note, the ability to climb stairs is necessary to fully participate in the tour. A video presentation at ground level will accommodate those guests unable to climb stairs.
Reservations are Required for Behind the Scenes Tours. Please Click Here or call (954) 703-2606 to reserve your space.
Large bags, backpacks or tripods are not permitted.
A permit from the Museum’s Events Department is required for personal, commercial, engagement, wedding or celebratory photo shoots.
Non-permitted photo shoots will be asked to leave. No flash photography is permitted in exhibit rooms.
Click here for more information on using the property for personal and commercial photo shoots.
Media representatives wishing to visit Bonnet House on official business should contact the Marketing Department at least 24 hours prior to any visit to make an appointment.
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
900 North Birch Road
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304