Experience Greater Fort Lauderdale's vibrant cultural community as you explore world-class museums and historical and heritage venues. From fine art to family fun, African-American and Native American heritage, antique cars to outer space and a museum dedicated to LGBT+ culture.
Greater Fort Lauderdale and its residents know that we now live in a global community. This means that no matter where you're from, when you're in Broward County, you’re home. This is perhaps best recognized in the African American Research Library and Cultural Center. Only the third of its kind, this library is 60,000 square feet, including a main library and a children's library featuring more black history books and books by black authors than any other library in the nation.
After studying up on African American history, don't miss the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Seminole Reservation, owned and maintained by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. This is the only tribe in the United States that managed to never sign a treaty. With permanent galleries and rotating exhibits, the limit for your pursuit of knowledge is boundless.
For an interactive experience for any age, visit My Jewish Discovery Place Children's Museum for a hands-on approach to Jewish heritage and traditions. Understanding history pairs well with playtime in this healthy learning environment.
Modern History and Science
Fort Lauderdale has a thriving LGBT+ community that is well represented at the Stonewall National Museum and Archives. Founded in 1973, this cultural resource preserves and shares the heritage of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. This resource is the largest lending library of its kind with more than 18,000 books and audio-visual materials. The archives alone contain more than 5,000 periodicals, oral history collections, and more.
The Museum of Discovery & Science is a mesmerizing space of human accomplishment. With a multi-million dollar renovation including the addition of the AutoNation IMAX theater, standing at over five stories tall, you'll never miss a bit of the action. And kids will enjoy the option of more than 200 dynamic, hands-on exhibits.
If you’re looking for a more traditional gallery setting where you can stroll in peace and take in some brilliant paintings and sculptures, visit the Bellagio International Gallery. The Bellagio Gallery features modern art from artists from every continent. This is one of the newest galleries on Las Olas Boulevard and with rotating exhibits the content is always fresh. A smaller, more intimate experience might be the Claudia Castillo Art Studio. Castillo is a Colombian born artist who draws inspiration from nature, earth, and water. She uses simple lines and coloring to evoke emotions. Although much of the work in this gallery is her own, she also features up-and-coming artists from the local community.
Greater Fort Lauderdale has some of the best motor vehicles on the road, and the museums in town are an homage to the origins of the present-day works of art. The Dauer Museum of Classic Cars and the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum are perfect spots to check out automotive history. These are the cars your grandfather would have driven, as long as your grandfather was all style.