Patrons can Participate in a Once-In-A-Lifetime “Night at the Museum”-- Overnight Stay and Dinner for Two or a Luxurious Dinner for Eight

Fort Lauderdale, FL (March 17, 2021) — Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, located in Fort Lauderdale,

Florida, is excited to announce it will continue its 100th anniversary celebration with a new program that pampers as well as educates. The historic and whimsical 35-acre subtropical estate, once home to artists Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett, will be offering an ultimate, once-in-a-lifetime experience. For a gift of $5,000, donors can participate in one of two luxurious “Night at the Museum” experiences. Donors may select between one experience that offers dinner for two, an overnight stay in Bonnet House’s newly renovated suite, and breakfast the next morning. Alternatively, donors can forego the overnight stay and host an outdoor dinner on the veranda for eight guests, entertaining friends and family members just as the Bartletts did.

Both curated experiences will immerse participants in the leisurely life once enjoyed at a 1930’s era beachfront estate. This includes a private, docent guided tour of the property and the rare opportunity to enjoy moonlit palms and sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean in near complete seclusion. Guests will be immersed in the elegant entertaining traditions of the Bonnet House estate and will experience a glimpse into the lifestyle and the world of art and Florida in the early 20th Century.

For the “Night at the Museum” overnight stay, a donation of $5,000 will provide guests with accommodations for two in a newly refurbished second floor suite, a multi-course dinner for two on the veranda with an individually curated menu, and breakfast in the morning that may include Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas.

The dinner for eight experience includes a docent guided tour, pre-dinner cocktails, and dinner on the veranda or moon-lit courtyard. Menu options may be exquisitely personalized and can include dishes like scrumptious lobster or steak and a full open bar.

A gift of $10,000 combines the dinner for eight experience with the overnight experience for two and breakfast for two in the morning.

The “Night at the Museum” program is being offered to complete the museum’s $275,000 Re-vitalize Campaign that seeks to raise funds to support Bonnet House during a period of decreased visitation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, the museum has raised $181,000 towards the goal. In addition to a truly memorable evening, “Night at the Museum” program participants will have the satisfaction of knowing that they have helped re-vitalize Bonnet House.

For more information about the “Night at the Museum” experiences please visit the website.  

Celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2020, Bonnet House is a part of Florida’s unique history. It was built in 1920 as the winter retreat of the Birch/Bartlett family and is a fanciful blend of art, architecture, history and ecology. The 35-acre subtropical estate and historic house museum preserves the natural setting of South Florida, situated on what is one of the last examples of a native barrier island habitat in the region.

About the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens:
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is a 35-acre subtropical estate and historic house museum located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. Bonnet House, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501c3, whose mission is to preserve this unique historic estate of Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett. Through enjoyable and enriching cultural experiences, the Museum connects today’s community to the Bartletts’ architectural, artistic and environmental legacy. Bonnet House is located at 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 and is open for tours Tuesday–Sunday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. For more information, visit

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