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Virtual and Vintage Tours of Bonnet House

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With the truly unprecedented events unfolding around us involving the coronavirus, Bonnet House is proud to present you with a virtual—and vintage—visit to the museum.

For those who have visited Bonnet House, you will recall that there is a video shown in the Carl Weinhardt Gallery that provides a broad history of the property and a visit to the upstairs.  That video is actually part of a much longer production that takes viewers through the first floor and presents much more oral history by Evelyn Bartlett and Irene Hart.  It also contains extended clips from the Bartletts’ home movies.  Joanne Leathe is the volunteer tour guide, Mike Green is the narrator, and the man in brown with the walking stick is Frank Lloyd Wright.

During these trying times, we hope you enjoy this four part virtual and vintage tour of Bonnet House!  Click on Links Below to View Vintage Videos.

Part 1                  Part 2                  Part 3                        Part 4               ___________________________________________________________

Below are a few virtual visits and vintage videos.  Visit our Facebook page for the latest Bonnet House news.

Click here to view a vintage interview with Evelyn Bartlett.





Learn about the Boathouse.  Click here to to view the Video. 




Learn about the Top of Fort Lauderdale Beach.  Click here to view the video.






Learn about Hugh, our resident swan, and the Slough.  Click here to view the video.






House of Refuge

Learn about the House of Refuge and Barefoot Mailman.  Click here to view the video.




Learn about the Barrier Island.  Click here to view the video.




Learn about brackish water. Click here to view the latest video.

View this slideshow of the construction of Bonnet House in the 1920s.

Bonnet House Construction

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A Visitor Guide To Bonnet House Tours

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Here at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, there is so much to see! As the name suggests, our estate includes both an indoor museum area, in addition to vast outdoor garden trails. As guests explore Bonnet House, we do our best to ensure that everyone is able to see and learn as much on their visit as possible. However, from the beautiful flora and fauna that occupy our expansive gardens, to the grand design of the historic home, it can be easy to miss some important areas. To help our guests make the most of their visit, we have compiled a list of a few things everyone should expect to see and experience at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens!

Constructed in 1920 on 35-acres of a native barrier island ecosystem, and included on the National Register of Historic Places, Bonnet House is one of the few complete homes and studios of two American artists that is open to the public. The Main House is filled with a collection of art and the personal treasures of the Birch and Bartlett families. Since Bonnet House’s construction, much of the natural barrier island habitat has been lost to commercial development. But a walk along our nature trails will transport guests back in time to experience a rare piece of old South Florida.

Upon arriving to Bonnet House, guests will enter through the welcome center to purchase tickets. The cost to enter is $20 for adult admission and $16 for children ages 6-12 years old (children under six are free). Our hours of operation are 9:00am – 4:00pm Tuesday – Sunday. Guided tours are available daily at 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm. For our guests that would only prefer to take a self guided tour of our gardens, $10 tickets can be purchased at the front office as well. Reservations are not required for these general admission tours.

After tickets have been purchased, guests will walk past the Boat House, fruit grove, and the caretakers cottage (currently our gift shop) before arriving at the Main House. The guided house tours begin at the front door, but guests are free to explore the gardens until their tour begins. Inside the Main House, guests will get to experience Frederic Bartlett’s interpretation of a Caribbean-style plantation home, and learn about the estate details, as well as the unique lives of Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett.

But there is so much more to the estate than just the Main House and garden trails. Across from the entrance to the Main House is our Shell Museum Complex, containing shells from around the world, an Orchid House and the Bartlett’s private Bamboo Bar. This complex contains hundreds of shells from all over the world, and displays one of the largest orchid collections in the US. Also on the property is an Island Theater with special exhibitions, two additional orchid houses, and even a small barn containing a restored 1935 Case “CC’ tractor!

It isn’t just the history that makes Bonnet House such a popular attraction. There are so many picturesque locations throughout our gardens that should not be missed. Overlooking the Lily Pond is our beautiful Pavillion, where the Bartletts would often entertain guests. Also on the property is a spectacular fountain, added in 1942. It is located at the end of our tree-lined allee and is constructed entirely of marble.

Whether you are a first time guest or a Bonnet House member, there is always something new to discover at our beautiful estate. If you have any additional questions about visiting Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, please call (954) 563-5393.

Guided House Tour

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Enjoy a guided tour of the house with one of our seasoned Bonnet House docents.  Limited to 14 visitors per tour.  Parking is free. Enter through the Main Visitor Parking Lot on 9th Street off Birch Road / West Gate.  Pre-registration is required. Reservations close 24 hours prior to the scheduled start time.

Guided tours take place:
Tuesday thru Friday:  10:00 am – 11:30 am and 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Adults:  $25
Age 8-16: $10, not recommended for children 7 and younger.
No discounts apply. All sales are final and non-refundable.

No videos are permitted on Bonnet House guided tours. Guided tour guests must follow the direction of tour guides in taking photographs. Guides may limit time for photographs subject to the needs of Bonnet House and the enjoyment of fellow guests.

Members at the Hibiscus level and above, please pre-register for Guided Tours 24 hours before the start time of the preferred tour.  Please call or email  (954) 703-2606 or [email protected].