10 Best Museums in South Florida

We all enjoy a marvelous day at the museum. Whether it's attending a fine-art ceramic establishment, expanding your knowledge on life processes, these are the following 10 Best Museums in South Florida we could spend a day looking at art, artifacts, sculpture, and exhibits.


Museum of Discovery and Science

401 SW 2nd St

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312




Expand your mind at the Museum of Discovery and Science and enter a world where learning comes to life for everyone. Explore and discover more than 200 dynamic hands-on exhibits such as the new EcoDiscovery Center. Ride to Mars, soar in the sky with an FA-18 cockpit simulator or meet an alligator. Let’s not forget to visit the six-story-high film adventure at the AutoNation(R) IMAX 3D Theater.


NSU Art Museum

1 E Las Olas Blvd,

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301




Visit NSU Art Museum on vibrant Las Olas Boulevard in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale's arts district. Admire world-class artwork of Frank Stella Experiment, and Change and Midnight in Paris and New York exhibitions. NSU includes a delightful Museum Cafe offering a selection of sandwiches, salads, soups, and dessert with seating choices to sit inside or outside. Visit The Museum Store to find unique gift items, art books, textiles, and distinctive accessories for the home and office.


Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

900 N Birch Rd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

(954) 563-5393



Built circa 1920, The Bonnet House Museum and Gardens is a gem of art, history, and nature. Early settler Hugh Taylor Birch purchased the land in 1895 and gifted it to his daughter Helen and her husband, Chicago artist Frederick Clay Bartlett, in 1919. The couple designed a house that hybridized Mediterranean, Caribbean, and European styles. Gaze at masterpieces by artists such as Pablo Picasso and George Seurat. The property consists of five distinct ecosystems, including primary and secondary dunes, mangrove wetlands, a freshwater slough, and a maritime forest. The gardens are filled with exotic plants, natural vegetation, and animals, including monkeys and parrots. The best way to fully appreciate the history of this grand estate is by guided tour, recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 AM - 4 PM. Admission: $20 for adults, $16 for kids ages 6 - 12.


Historic Stranahan House

335 SE 6th Ave

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301




The founding place and oldest structure of Fort Lauderdale. Historic Stranahan House Museum will take you back in time to 1901. Built by Frank Stranahan and his wife Ivy Cromartie Stranahan the house served as a trading post, a community hall, a schoolhouse, a general store, a bank, and home. Ivy became the area’s first school teacher and taught in a one-room schoolhouse for her nine students. Throughout times The Stranahan House remained in the center of Fort Lauderdale’s economic growth and was purchased by the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society in 1975.


Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

1101 Biscayne Blvd

Miami, FL 33132




Spark your wonder with the power of science at Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. featuring six floors of interactive exhibitions  You'll learn through six floors of interactive exhibitions, planetarium shows, innovations, and the life processes of living things and more. Dedicated to the ecosystem of the Everglades, the evolution of flight, human biology and more explore a hands-on facility offering weather & technology exhibits, an aquarium, planetarium & wildlife centers.


Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts

481 S. Federal Hwy, 2nd Floor

Dania Beach, FL 33004




The Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts (WMODA) is home to inspire your appreciation of the finest ceramics in glass art forms with many British works from the 19th and 20th centuries. Explore the world's most iconic names including Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Minton, and Moorcroft. Contemporary artists are also represented, notably an extensive collection of South African ceramic art from the Ardmore Studio.


Young at Art Museum

751 SW 121st Ave.

Davie, FL



Where tomorrow’s patrons of the arts develop into future advocates and supporters of the arts for all ages. Over 55,000 square foot museum space with a focus on art education, create a masterpiece in every exhibit; build sand sculptures, visit a cave, explore graffiti, discover recycled puppets and discover the world of Alice in Wonderscapes.


Fort Lauderdale Historical Society

231 SW 2nd Ave

Fort Lauderdale, FL




Fort Lauderdale Historical Society tells the story from fort to modern city on Fort Lauderdale’s history throughout its museums from 1905. All properties on campus are the largest collection of historic buildings still standing in Broward County. Explore The 1905 New River Inn showing exhibits from prehistoric to the present day. The 1907 King-Cromartie House Museum, 1899 Replica School House, Hoch Heritage Center and Research Library holding archives over 400,000 photographs, hundreds of postcards, 5,000 historic architectural drawings, manuscripts, and more. Tours on all museums begin every day at 1 PM, 2 PM and 3 PM.


Seminole Tribe of Florida Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

34725 W. Boundary Street

Clewiston, FL 33440




Located in the heart of the Everglades on the Big Cypress Reservation, come to visit and learn about the history and culture of the Seminole Indians. Visitors can walk through and discover Seminole history and culture with more than 40 life-size figures, 180,000 historic artifacts, scenic dioramas, archival items and more. Don’t miss their dramatic five-screen presentation including Seminole Tribal interviews and how this culture is still thriving today. 


Butterfly World 

3600 W. Sample Road

Coconut Creek, FL 33073



Butterfly World encompasses 3 acres of butterfly aviaries, botanical gardens, a working butterfly farm and research center. They offer educational tours as well as group rates. Summer activities are available for both adults and children including expert talks, crafts, origami and more! 









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19 Jul 2018

By Carissa Sadler