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Fort Lauderdale’s Bonnet House Museum & Gardens Reopening VIP Upstair/Downstairs Tours

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, is reintroducing its VIP Upstairs/Downstairs Tours of the main house on the grounds of the 35-acre subtropical estate. These small group tours include a sneak peak of the normally closed areas of Evelyn and Frederic Bartlett’s private living quarters, as well as exclusive entrance to rooms that have not been seen on other Bonnet House tours.

A “must visit” destination just blocks from Fort Lauderdale Beach, the Bonnet House estate was built in 1920 as the winter retreat of the Birch/Bartlett family.

The Upstairs/Downstairs Tours, which will be led by seasoned Bonnet House docents, will be offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  on the second, third, and fourth Wednesday of each month beginning on Jan. 12,  and running through April 2022. The tours will be offered in groups of 10 to allow for questions and discussion and will cost $40.00 per person.  Limited reservations are available and pre-registration is required.  Please note, the ability to climb stairs is necessary to fully participate in these tours.

Having celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2020, the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is a blend of art, architecture, history, and ecology, providing a destination for vacationers or day trip for visitors of all ages.  The estate, historic house and museum preserve the natural setting of South Florida, located on what is one of the last examples of a native barrier island habitat in the region.

At the Bonnet House, visitors can experience what life was like on a beachfront estate in the 1930s and 40s. The grounds contain the Main House which features a whimsical collection of decorative and fine art, as well as a nature trail that is ideal for families. The Bonnet House offers exciting newly designed self-guided tours in addition to guided tours, programs, events, workshops, and classes. 

To register for the Upstairs/Downstairs Tours, please visit: https://7813.blackbaudhosting.com/7813/UpstairsDownstairs-Tours-12Jan2022.  For additional information or to learn more about tours and classes offered, please visit www.bonnethouse.org.

 

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