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Visit Bonnet House And Gardens Plus Docent-Led Tour Of NSU Art Museum

The Mandel JCC of Palm Beach Gardens is proud to offer you a jam packed day full of some of Fort Lauderdale’s finest! On Thursday, January 7th, meet at the JCC at 8:00am and take a chartered bus down south beginning your day with a narrated tram tour of The Bonnet House and Gardens. This historic estate on Fort Lauderdale Beach was the winter home of artists Frederic Clay Bartlett and Evelyn Fortune Bartlett. Have lunch as a group and then journey on a docent-led tour of the NSU Art Museum. The museum includes the largest collection of 19th and early 20th Century paintings, drawings by the American realist, William Glackens, and the most extensive holding in the U.S. of works by post World War II artists.  The Rickie Report shares the details and reminds you that this is open to non-members as well as members of the JCC.  Pre-registration closes on December 17th, so make your reservations now!





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The Bonnet House & Gardens


the NSU Art Museum



Thursday, January 7, 2016

8:00 am Departure/ 6:00 pm Return

Pre-registration by December 17th

$75/Member; $87/ Guest


5221 Hood Rd.      Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418






Bonnet House and Gardens




In 1895, Hugh Taylor Birch purchased the Bonnet House property and in 1919, he gave it to his daughter Helen and her husband Frederic Clay Bartlett as a wedding present. A year later, the newlyweds began construction of the Bonnet House. They built the home as a winter retreat where Frederic could pursue his artwork and Helen could write music and poetry. Unfortunately, their time in that house was short lived, because in 1925, Helen passed away from breast cancer. Bartlett’s visits to the house became more sporadic until he remarried Evelyn Fortune Lilly six years later. With his new wife in tow, they began a total renaissance on the home and began embellishing the Bonnet House into what it is today. When Frederic died in 1953, Evelyn still continued returning to the home until 1983, when she gave the Bonnet House to the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. At the time, this was the largest charitable gift in Florida history, but this ensured Lilly that the home would be enjoyed by generations to come.






NSU Art Museum


After experiencing the beauty of the Bonnet House, we will all have lunch as a group and then journey on a docent led tour of the NSU Art Museum. Founded in 1958, the museum is located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. The 83,000 square-foot building contains 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 256-seat auditorium, Museum Store and Café. The museum’s permanent collection has over 6,000 pieces- including the largest collection of 19th and early 20th century paintings and drawings by the American realist William Glackens, the most extensive holding in the U.S. of works by post World War II artists.




The mission of the NSU Art Museum is “to provide exceptional opportunities to access, learn from and be inspired by the highest level of visual artistic expression throughout time and from around the world and to engage a wide audience by offering diverse and innovative exhibitions, dynamic education and public programs, and by developing an exceptional collection, and fostering original research and intellectual inquiry.”



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Feel free to contact us at 561-712-5232.

The address for this event is 5221 Hood Rd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418.



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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


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