Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Broward Center for Performing Arts

Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office
201 SW 5th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
Phone 954.462.0222
Outside of Broward 1 877.311.7469(SHOW)
Fax 954.468.3282

Standing majestically alongside the scenic New River, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts is consistently ranked among the top ten theaters in the world by Pollstar magazine. This world-class venue features shows from the best of Broadway to award-winning local and international cultural programming. Year-round events include ballet and dance performances, opera, music, theater, family entertainment, teen programs and more.

The Broward Center supports a variety of cultural venues throughout the community, including Parker Playhouse, Miramar Cultural Center/Artspark, Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center and Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Within these venues, there are various theaters, courtyards and banquet rooms available to rent for special occasions.

Florida Grand Opera

Broward Center for Performing Arts

Doral Center
8390 NW 25th Street
Miami, FL 33122-1504
P: 305-854-7890 in Miami
P: 800-741-1010 elsewhere
F: 305-856-1042

Celebrating its 71st anniversary season, this year, of continuous performances, Florida Grand Opera stands as one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Florida. Fort Lauderdale performances are at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition to the organization’s rich history of presenting internationally acclaimed artists, Florida Grand Opera is committed to training emerging opera professionals and educating young people about opera. The company’s Young Artist Studio is one of the most prestigious in the country, receiving over 700 applications annually from singers all over the world seeking the eight coveted positions in the program.

Fort Lauderdale Historical Society

Fort Lauderdale Historical Society

Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
219 SW 2nd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
954-523-6228 fax

Visit the spot where the city began. See the 1905 New River Inn, the oldest tourist Hotel in the county. Inside, take a tour of our Museum of Florida History. There you will see artifacts and exhibits spanning our history, from the 5,000 year old Glades Culture (the area’s earliest known inhabitants) through the present day. You will learn about the original Second Seminole Ware fortification built along the banks of the New River and view the history of the city’s development over the past 100 years.

At the neighboring 1907 King-Cromartie House Museum a docent will take you on a journey back in time. Your tour of this lovely home, build of Dade County Pine and timbers from wrecked ships, will allow you to experience the lifestyles of the early pioneers.

Later, stroll the beautiful walkways along the picturesque New River where you can visualize the Fort Lauderdale that the early settlers experience, in the later 1800’s, where Henry Flager’s Railroad opened up this small village to the rest of the country.

Museum Hours:
Tuesday through Sunday Noon to 4pm
Docent led tours begin at 1, 2 and 3pm

NSU’s Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale

NSU's Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale

NSU’s Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale
One E. Las Olas Boulevard at Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 525-5500

Nestled in the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale across from Huizenga Plaza and the New River, Nova Southeastern University’s Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale has become one of South Florida’s leading cultural attractions. It is home to a collection of more than six thousand works that is international in scope, strongly reflecting the creative expression of the cultures of South Florida and the Caribbean. Additionally, the Museum has become well known for its touring exhibitions, which ranged from Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, to the highly regarded Artist in Residence Program, which broadens the sphere of conversation about contemporary art.

There are several facilities within the Museum, including an expansive auditorium and a beautiful terrace that can be rented for special occasions such as rehearsal dinners, weddings, anniversary parties, or Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. The Museum also supports education of the arts within the community, with programs such as its AutoNation Academy of Art & Design, which offers courses in painting, drawing, design and other disciplines taught by professional artists.

Historic Stranahan House Museum

Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale

Historic Stranahan House Museum
Just off Las Olas Boulevard on the New River
335 Southeast 6th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Fax: 954.525.2838

Built by Frank Stranahan as a trading post for settlers and the Seminole Indians in 1901, the original structure that is now known as the Stranahan House is the site most closely associated with the founding of the City of Fort Lauderdale and its economic and social development. Over the years, it served as the city’s post office, community center and town hall.

Today, Stranahan House is the eastern anchor of RiverWalk, the waterfront park connecting Fort Lauderdale’s historic district with the Arts & Entertainment District. Visitors can journey through time with a guided walk of the house, which has been restored to its 1913 configuration, and enjoy fine examples of period Victorian furniture and decorative pieces.

Throughout the year, visitors can enjoy a variety of events that highlight Fort Lauderdale’s unique history through innovative and family-friendly programming. Come and discover historical Fort Lauderdale.

Bonnet House

Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale

Historic Stranahan House Museum
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
900 North Birch Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Phone: (954) 563-5393
Fax: (954) 561-4174

Chicago-born artist Frederic Clay Bartlett created Bonnet House in 1920 on South Florida oceanfront land given to him and his second wife, Helen Louise Birch, by her father, Hugh Taylor Birch, a prominent Chicago attorney, real estate investor, and naturalist. For more than seventy years, Bartletts and Birches then resided on and sustained and enhanced these 35 acres, their buildings, and decorative contents. Today, the estate is a preeminent house museum dedicated not only to historic and environmental preservation, but also to learning and creative expression – much like the Bartletts and Birches themselves.

In both words and lush color photography, Bonnet House: A Legacy of Artistry and Elegance, tells the story of both Bonnet House Museum & Gardens and the creativity of these families.

Thrice married and twice widowed, artist and collector Frederic Bartlett joined his life with three artistically talented women. His first wife, artist Dora Tripp, helped design some of Frederic’s early Chicago murals. Helen Louise Birch wrote and published piano music and romantic poetry and assisted Frederic in assembling a preeminent collection of post-impressionist art. Third wife Evelyn Fortune Lilly painted and exhibited vibrant portraits and still lifes. She also collected china and animal figures, raised a thousand orchids, and nurtured a virtual menagerie. Their influences can all be seen at Bonnet House today.

Chicagoan Hugh Taylor Birch gave birth to the Bonnet House story in 1894 when he began to acquire hundreds of acres of undeveloped oceanfront land where he could grow fruit trees and other tropical flora. Son-in-law Frederic Bartlett’s eclectic design for a Caribbean-style plantation house then provided the canvas on which to display both the family’s extensive collections and Frederic’s whimsically painted decorations on walls, ceilings, and floors.

The history of Bonnet House also reflects more ancient times when not only aboriginal people camped here, but so did early Northern European explorers who predated even the Spanish conquistadors. Thus, the story of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens told here spans and parallels virtually all of American history and makes a visit both to these pages and to the estate a uniquely educational and entertaining experience.