Bonnet House Museum and Gardens Reopens for Self-Guided Tours

The century-old house and grounds of the Fort Lauderdale landmark are open to tour.

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Photo by Larry Singer

The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens will welcome guests back for self-guided house tours beginning Tuesday, June 2. The Fort Lauderdale landmark’s gardens reopened to the public on May 19. To ensure safety and enjoyment, guests will walk along a one-way route around the grand 35-acre subtropical estate, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Guests can enhance their self-guided tour using the historic house’s new mobile app on their cellphones, which features recorded information about the Birch-Bartlett family, the exquisite art collection, and many stops along the tour, including the Bridge/Boat House, studio, courtyard, butler’s pantry, kitchen, Shell Museum/Orchid House/Bamboo Bar and more. Guests will be required to maintain the social distance of six feet between visitors at all times, except for families currently residing in the same dwelling.

“We are pleased to welcome guests back for self-guided house and grounds tours, offering an enjoyable way to experience the historic estate, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary,” said Patrick Shavloske, CEO of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. “What better way is there to emerge from the seclusion resulting from COVID-19 than a visit to this magical property that has served as an outdoor paradise for 100 years?”

Admission costs $20 for the house and grounds tours, $10 for the grounds-only tour, and is free for members. Daily visits will take place Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with early access for members and visitors with health vulnerabilities from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tickets are available here and at the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens Welcome Center.

Per the CDC’s recommendations, guests must wear masks/face coverings at all times. Face coverings and refreshments will be available for purchase in the Welcome Center or Museum Shop.

Guests needing assistance with their reservations can email dianneennis@bonnethouse.org or call (954) 563-5393.

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