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The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is one of South Florida's major cultural attractions. Located in the downtown entertainment district, it hosts varied exhibits and cultural activities throughout the year. Under the Studio Arts Program, you can take part in educational art classes to learn about painting, drawing, design and music from professional artists. Permanent exhibitions feature the black and white photography of Ansel Adams and contemporary paintings by Stephen Scott Young. The museum offers a truly striking showcase of the cultures of South Florida and the Caribbean.
The Fort Lauderdale History Center, managed by the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, is a museum complex that comprises three well-preserved 19th-century buildings. The 1905 New River Inn is the main history museum with period artifacts, dioramas and photos. The 1907 King-Cromartie House gives visitors a glimpse of an early 20th-century home. The center offers programs for children, including hands-on re-enactments, schoolhouse classes, guided tours of exhibits in the museum of history, guided walking tours of the grounds and lectures throughout the year.
This enjoyable museum for children of all ages is known for its interactive, hands-on displays, which change frequently. The Special Exhibits Gallery features some of the best science exhibits in the United States. Museum of Discovery and Science also allows its guests to get hands-on experience with fascinating exhibits such as live, native animals of Florida and the world's largest captive Atlantic coral reef. The on-site, blockbuster IMAX 3D theater is a major crowd puller, enticing visitors of all ages.
Located south of Las Olas Boulevard, this complex is home to several unique destinations for aquatic sports enthusiasts. The museum houses a large collection of aquatic Olympic memorabilia, including Mark Spitz's starting block (used in the 1972 Olympics) and Johnny Weissmuller's medals. The Tripp Family Art Gallery and Henning Library and Archives are dedicated to chronicling and memorializing great performances in swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming. No matter whether you’re a swimming enthusiast, when in the city, do consider visiting the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum for a deep insight into the inspiring world of aquatic sports.