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What’s Old is New: Bonnet House Museum & Gardens Set to Open New Breakers Avenue Entrance

Published on May 29, 2014 by Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

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Hotel guests and residents on the south side of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens will have an easier way to access the historic estate.  That’s because on Tuesday, June 3 at 9:00am, Bonnet House will be reopening its historic south entrance. The new pedestrian entrance opening on to Breakers Avenue is the first phase of other improvements to the property that will eventually include an educational amphitheater and an archaeological exhibit interpreting the property’s Tequesta Indian shell midden.

Prior to the construction of the Sunrise Boulevard Intracoastal bridge and the improvement of A1A, the south entrance was the only access point for Bonnet House.  Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett, the original owners of Bonnet House, blocked up the entrance in the late 1940s as development to the south began to encroach on their much-valued privacy.

“While seclusion might be considered a positive quality for a private residence, it’s counterproductive for a museum,” said Karen Beard, Bonnet House’s CEO.  “We want visitors to come and see what a remarkable treasure this property is.  Guests in neighboring hotels shouldn’t have to search for our entrance.”

For locals, the new entrance will make the 35-acre greenspace surrounding Bonnet House much more accessible for recreation purposes.  The museum is planning on launching an annual gardens pass program later this summer that will offer unlimited grounds admission during normal operating hours.

Bonnet House is open Tuesday through Sunday 9:00am to 4:00pm.  The estate is closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.  Visit for more information.

About the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens: Accredited by the American Association of Museum and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is a 35 – acre subtropical estate and historic house museum located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale.  Bonnet House, in addition to being open for guided public tours six days per week, year round, offers a myriad of specially-designed programs for schools, adults and families. Bonnet House also has membership opportunities that include an annual pass to the estate and a program geared to local artists. Music students from nearby universities and opera companies gain experience through their performances on property in the annual Young Artist Music Series and orchid enthusiasts have an opportunity to see and buy an exclusive selection of orchids as well as learn how to grow and care for orchids in their own homes during the Orchid, Garden & Gourmet Food Festival, the first weekend in December of every year. The mission of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is to steward the legacy of the Bartlett and Birch families by preserving their historic estate and providing programming that nurtures creative expression, delights the senses, educates, and honors the natural environment.

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