Fort Lauderdale Historical Society

Take a self-guided tour through the History Museum located in the 1905 New River Inn at the Historical Society. The New River Inn was the first hotel in the city and the well-preserved rooms offer a peek into 100 years of Ft. Lauderdale history. Plenty of original artifacts and reading material give insight into the early pioneers and the harsh conditions they faced, the role of the Seminole Indians and their interactions with the newcomers, and the arrival of the railroads that brought modern ideas, trade, and visitors to the area.

Focusing on the major historical influences on south Florida, the photo and archive gallery on the second floor illustrate the incredible transformations that have taken place in the span of a short hundred years. The permanent exhibit called “Panorama of the Past” provides a lot of detail about how it was possible for such a transformation to take place in such a short period of time.

The building itself is another piece of the past, having been constructed by hand of beach sand made into concrete and poured into molds right there on the grounds. It was intended to be hurricane resistant and was unique during its time. Its proximity to the river emphasizes the role played by the early forms of transportation…boats. People could arrive by boat to the inn, disembark, and walk right up through the tropical landscape.

After viewing the museum, take a stroll yourself through the lush native flora and keep an eye out for native birds and wildlife along the riverbank, while imagining what it must have been like to be an early pioneer.

Location: 219 Southwest Second Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Hours: Monday–Friday, 12pm–4pm; Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am–4pm
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day, New Years Day, Independence Day

Take a self-guided tour through the History Museum located in the 1905 New River Inn at the Historical Society. The New River Inn was the first hotel in the city and the well-preserved rooms offer a peek into 100 years of Ft. Lauderdale history. Plenty of original artifacts and reading material give insight into the early pioneers and the harsh conditions they faced, the role of the Seminole Indians and their interactions with the newcomers, and the arrival of the railroads that brought modern ideas, trade, and visitors to the area.

Focusing on the major historical influences on south Florida, the photo and archive gallery on the second floor illustrate the incredible transformations that have taken place in the span of a short hundred years. The permanent exhibit called “Panorama of the Past” provides a lot of detail about how it was possible for such a transformation to take place in such a short period of time.

The building itself is another piece of the past, having been constructed by hand of beach sand made into concrete and poured into molds right there on the grounds. It was intended to be hurricane resistant and was unique during its time. Its proximity to the river emphasizes the role played by the early forms of transportation…boats. People could arrive by boat to the inn, disembark, and walk right up through the tropical landscape.

After viewing the museum, take a stroll yourself through the lush native flora and keep an eye out for native birds and wildlife along the riverbank, while imagining what it must have been like to be an early pioneer.

Location: 219 Southwest Second Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Hours: Monday–Friday, 12pm–4pm; Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am–4pm
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day, New Years Day, Independence Day

ADULT:

$10.00

CHILD:

$5.00

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adult:

$10.00

child:

$5.00

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