Museums in Ft. Lauderdale
The Museum of Art, a stunning edifice designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, plays host to major international exhibits and highlights artists and movements important to American art. Exhibitions include the paintings of Camille Pissarro and works by Willem de Kooning. Florida's largest art exhibition space, the museum houses an impressive permanent
collection that features the William Glackens Collection, Picasso Ceramics Revisited, the CoBrA Collection and other members of the Ash Can School, as well as major 20th century European and American works and has just completed an expansion.
Young at Art, a children's museum and art center in Davie, offers special exhibitions, workshops, classes and special events. While parents shop in nearby malls, kids can learn computer art, build sculptures, attend art classes and explore their creativity and imagination through hands-on activities.
The Museum of Discovery and Science and Blockbuster 3D IMAX Theater, the state's most widely visited museum, is a multi-million dollar facility with hands-on, interactive exhibits that feature traveling and permanent shows. Exciting exhibits range from Gizmo City, featuring the information superhighway and virtual reality, to Science of Sports, Mazes and Magnetics, to Holiday Traditions. The IMAX theater features both 2-D and 3-D films ranging from nature to larger than life NSYNC and Rolling Stones concerts.
The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, which is located in a renovated historic site on Harrison Street, provides three galleries of changing art exhibits. The Center also offers a series of Sunday classical music or jazz concerts, educational workshops and lectures. Theater performances take place nearby at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center.
The national landmark, Old Dillard Museum, has served as an important educational foundation for African Americans in Broward County for nearly a century. Evolving from the Acolored" school to an expanded Old Dillard School and finally to the cultural/educational center it is today, the Museum is a reminder to the multicultural community of its rich heritage and strong determination to succeed. Placed on the National Historic Register in 1991, the refurbished museum houses the Jazz Room, Minds-On Hands-On Interactive Gallery for children, a Library Resource Room, a rotating exhibition gallery and the Old Dillard Heritage Room showcasing a recreated 1920's classroom and home-life environment.
The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, on the Big Cypress Reservation, explores the heritage of the unconquered Seminole Indians of Florida who were among the region's very first settlers and still maintain a vibrant presence in the area.
An African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, which houses a collection of more than 75,000 books, documents and artifacts tracing people of African decent and 300-seat auditorium, opened October 26, 2002.
The Graves Museum of Archaeology and Natural History is housed in a 50,000 square-foot facility in Dania Beach. In addition to a unique collection of Peruvian miniature ceramics, textiles and metals, there are masks and effigies from tribal Africa and hundreds of pre-Columbian figures from Mexico, Peru and other South American countries. Also on display are Greek and Etruscan vases, genuine Egyptian artifacts, dinosaur fossils, a three-and-a-half ton quartz crystal, marine archaeology, a mineral collection and a prehistoric Florida diorama.
Public Art and Design, a county program that funds both art displayed in and incorporated into the design of public venues, has sponsored works ranging from a landscaped sculpture garden to an impressive lifelike Duane Hanson sculpture at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport to the Kent Ullberg bronze sailfish gracing the plaza fountain at the Broward County Convention Center to the arch along Riverwalk.
Bonnet House, which was home to Frederick and Evelyn Bartlett, is one of the few remaining oceanfront estates in South Florida. The 1920s Florida-style plantation mansion, complete with trompe l'oeil marble floors and Moorish columns, was built by painter and art collector Frederick Clay Bartlett and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located on Sunrise Boulevard at A1A, tours are available year-round.
Also on the National Register, Stranahan House, formerly a trading post for the Seminole Indians and then the family home of founding father Frank Stranahan, is now maintained as a historical museum. The two-story riverside house located on Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale, was built of Dade County pine and is furnished in period antiques.
The International Swimming Hall of Fame Aquatic Complex is the only one of its kind in the world that offers two 50m pools, a diving well and swimming flume. As the mecca and international showplace for swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming, the museum, library and archives contain the world's largest collection of aquatic memorabilia and the single largest source of aquatic books, manuscripts and literature