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Weddings are Truly Unforgettable at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

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Fort Lauderdale Florida Wedding Venue Bonnet-House

If you are looking for a unique venue for your wedding ceremony and reception, you have found the perfect South Florida location. Known as Ft. Lauderdale’s best kept secret, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens embodies old-world charm and understated elegance. Originally built in 1920, Bonnet House exudes the whimsy and eclectic taste.  Artwork and decorative flourishes can be seen at every turn and the love for nature is evident in the surrounding grounds.

Spanning 35 acres, Bonnet House offers a variety of exquisite settings for events of any size, each uniquely beautiful.  Whether you are planning a close and intimate gathering or a grand and lavish affair, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens set the scene for romance and timeless memories.  Our dramatic spaces, such as the Hibiscus Garden, fountain courtyard, water front veranda, and tree-lined alee all provide memorable possibilities for weddings.  Aside from the exclusive use of Bonnet House property for your wedding, we also provide:

• Use of the property for photography two hours before ceremony
• Private use of upstairs bridal suite
• Personal Bridal Assistant
• Ceremony and Front Door Hostess
• Complimentary tram service for guests to be escorted from the parking lot to the main house.
• Free parking
• Rehearsal and Ceremony coordination
• Ceremony microphone and speakers
• Two hours for set up and one hour for clean up

Bonnet House is a unique venue and was awarded Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award for 2014. The Estate is shown by appointment only. For additional rental information or a tour, please contact Nicholle Maudlin, Events Manager at 954-703-2608 or at [email protected]

Another Great Season of Concerts Under the Stars Gets Underway at Bonnet House

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Another Great Season of Concerts Under the Stars Gets Underway at Bonnet House

One of Fort Lauderdale’s most popular music series marks its return on Thursday, January 23 at 7pm, when the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens kicks off its 18th season of the Young Artist Music series with a performance by the University of Miami’s Frost Opera Theater, featuring Graduate Students pursuing Masters and Doctorate degrees in the University’s Department of Vocal Performance. Also featured are two undergraduate students who recently attended the National Opera Association conference in New York City, where they performed a duet from Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love.

The sensational season continues on February 13 with Florida Atlantic University’s Latin Vocal Ensemble, followed on March 13 by the Lynn University String Quartet, and culminates with the April 10 presentation by Florida Grand Opera’s rising stars.

Beginning as a community outreach program, the Young Artist Music series has successfully become one of Bonnet House’s most treasured programs. Individual tickets for this very special 18th anniversary season range from $35 – $45 per performance and series tickets from $120 – $160, so everyone can enjoy musical evenings under the stars like no other. And this year, the best gets even better, as – in addition to a great musical evening – wine, dessert and coffee will be included in the price of admission through the auspices of Whole Foods Market. It’s quite possibly the “best deal in town.”

The beautiful art for the Young Artist Music Series poster is produced by the honors class at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, with this season’s winning design provided by Paul Tran.

Bonnet House is located at 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (954) 703-2614 or visit us at

Art Classes Offered at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Fort Lauderdale

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Art Classes in Fort Lauderdale Florida

Learn the art of calligraphy, watercolor, acrylics and  zentangle amongst the nature and beauty that make up the Bonnet House Estate. Bonnet House Museum & Gardens offers two sessions of each workshop ranging from three to six weeks each. All classes are taught outdoors surrounded by luscious landscapes, contrasting colors and tropical motifs to inspire the artist in you.

Art Classes Offered at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in Fort Lauderdale
Art class schedule is as follows:

Watercolor workshop with Karen Eskesen ($120 members, $150 non-members)

Session I: Wednesdays, now through February 12 from 9:30am – 12:30pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

Session II: Wednesdays, February 26 – April 2 from 9:30am – 12:30pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

Acrylic workshop with Nia Nakis ($120 members, $150 non-members)

Session I – Thursdays, now through February 13, 9:30am -12:30pm.

Session II – Thursdays, February 27 – April 3, 9:30am – 12:30pm.

Zentangle workshop with Shawn Ann Hayden ($105 members, $120 non-members)

Session I – Tuesdays, February 11 – 25, 12:30pm – 2:30pm.

Session II – Tuesdays, March 4 – 18, 12:30pm – 2:30pm.

Calligraphy workshop with Tony Pastucci ($100 members, $125 non-members)

Tuesdays, now through February 11, 9:30am – 11:30am.

Tuesdays, February 25 – March 25, 9:30am – 11:30am

Class space is limited to 15 students and each workshop requires pre-registration. To register visit us at or contact Linda Schaller at (954) 703-2606 or [email protected]

Volunteer at Historic Bonnet House

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Volunteer at Historic Bonnet

Wouldn’t it be great to spend your days roaming one of the nation’s most beautiful historic houses and gardens? And wouldn’t it be immensely rewarding to help others share in its transcendent beauty and remarkable history? This wonderful opportunity is there for you when you become a volunteer at historic Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, helping visitors to truly experience the uniqueness of this architectural jewel and its surrounding lush tropical gardens. Bonnet House volunteers have many opportunities to serve, and it is through the efforts of our dedicated volunteers that we are able to maintain the integrity of this unique historical estate and to ensure a pleasant and enjoyable experience for each guest who visits.

There are a variety of ways – to suit everyone’s skills and talents – in which you can serve as a Bonnet House volunteer. You can become a Lead Guide, sharing the Bonnet House story as you guide visitors through a tour of the main residence, or you can become an Education Volunteer, promoting Bonnet House’s educational missions. There are wonderful opportunities for Back-Up Guides, assisting the Lead Guides, and for Nature Trail Interpreters, who share historical, environmental and botanical facts with the visitors.  Other volunteer opportunities available include Bridge Greeters, who welcome visitors and providing directional information; Courtyard Coordinators check admissions and monitor the courtyard to ensure proper flow; Museum Shop Assistants help maintain control and oversee items in the Gift Shop; Collections Volunteers work with the Curator in the care and maintenance of archives; Research and Library Volunteers create the Bartlett’s book collection; and Data Input Volunteers compile and input data in various formats for events and files.

A visit to South Florida is truly not complete without time spent at beautiful, historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Help us to tell visitors a fascinating story that spans and parallels a wide swath of American history, and makes their visit to the estate a uniquely educational and entertaining experience.

Volunteer at the Historic Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale

Bonnet House is located at 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. For more information about becoming a volunteer, please call (954) 563-5393 or visit – we look forward to sharing this wonderful experience with you.