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Address: 219 Southwest 2nd Avenue, Museum Lobby is at 231 SW 2nd Ave (also known as Moffat Aveune), Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone Number: +1 954-463-4431
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Open: Monday through Friday Noon to 4 PM, Saturday & Sunday 9:30am -...

Open: Monday through Friday Noon to 4 PM, Saturday & Sunday 9:30am - 4pm. A village of 6 historic buildings including the New River Inn - which houses the History Museum with artifacts from prehistoric through present age, the King Cromartie House Museum - 1907 pioneer house, the 1899 Ivy Cromartie Schoolhouse, 1907 Philemon Bryan homestead, the only Acetylene Building remaining in Florida, and a full research library. Docent-led tours of King Cromartie House, 1899 Schoolhouse, and History Museum begin every day at 1 PM, 2 PM and 3PM. The New River Inn was the first property in the County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is Broward's oldest remaining hotel building, and was constructed by Edwin T. King, the area's first contractor. Built of hollow concrete blocks made with sand barged from the beach, it set the standard for south Florida construction. The King Cromartie House Museum is set as if the family will return at any moment for Sunday supper. Upstairs tour Louise King's sewing room, family bedrooms with period sleepwear, children's room with period dollhouse and antique dolls.

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Nice museum

We enjoyed our visit of this museum. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. After viewing a short video on the area, the docent took us to the house and schoolhouse... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 October 2016
Dayton, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you happen to be in the area it's worth calling in. We did the self guided tour which doesn't include the old school house next door. We watched a short film and then toured the upstairs rooms detailing the early settlement of Fort Lauderdale. The River walk at this end is a bit down at heel and several empty... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We enjoyed our visit of this museum. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. After viewing a short video on the area, the docent took us to the house and schoolhouse providing interesting info on the area history. The museum display in the first building has many photos and a good self tour to review.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Staff was very friendly -- We did a self guided tour and there was plenty in the house to read and lots of original materials to view and read. Self guided tour did not allow you in the other buildings like the school house, but it still gave us a good flavor for the history of lauderdale and its people... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

All kinds of memorabilia on display representing Fort Lauderdale's history. This is on the history list along with Stranahan House & Bonnet House. I took a small guided tour with the center's curator, Ellory, and it was extremely informative and entertaining. Tip: also check out the nearby train drawbridge

2 Thank WaHiGuy
Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

The museum was interesting but needs more love from tourists! We enjoyed our docent and tour but some of the graphics and artifacts need a little refresh. The houses are amazing and a huge thank you to the Junior League for all of their hard work in preserving the amazing history of Fort Lauderdale.

2 Thank Sarabeth Q
south elgin Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

We ran into this place by getting lost while driving around. We learned alot about the history of Fort Lauderdale and I would have to say this is a hidden jem of Fort Lauderdale. The staff was excellent shared lots of information with us.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

An hidden gem in the large offering that Fort Lauderdale gives to tourists is the tour of the Old Village, organized by the Historical Society You can first take a self-guided tour of the Museum , hosted in the first hotel of the city. Well preserved rooms offer a glimpse into one hundred years of Fort Lauderdale history, the pioneers,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

Loved the history, the guides were very enthusiastic! Hard to imagine the pioneers lived there and settled it, considering the climate and the Indians, I say that respectfully. Whites taking over land, where people lived in such hard conditions.

1 Thank Mary Q
Greenville, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

There is very little there, but what they do have is well done. The staff is very nice and helpful. The former hotel it is in had several interior walls knocked out so a visitor loses some sense of what the original hotel had been like.

1 Thank Dennis W
Cedar Grove, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

While visiting friends in Fort Lauderdale, we visited this small but well-presented museum. Exhibits focus on the major historical influences on south Florida. Each exhibit is clear with good written narratives and clear photos and other artifacts. We took two hours to see all the exhibits. We couldn't have a docent tour while there for staffing reasons; would like to... More 

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