Broward County is home to a rich, vibrant tapestry of cultures, with people from more than 170 countries, speaking 147 languages living there. This dynamic array of diversity is not only prevalent in every corridor of the county — it’s proudly celebrated in the attractions, festivals, and food the destination has to offer. That’s why Visit Lauderdale has curated a list of the sights, sounds, and savory spots to experience during National Diversity Month.
Nestled in the heart of the Everglades on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum is home to more than 200,000 unique artifacts and archival items. Step inside to learn about the Seminole people and experience their rich cultural and historical ties to the Southeast and Florida.
African American Research Library and Cultural Center
The African American Research Library and Cultural Center is a focal point in Fort Lauderdale’s historically Black Sistrunk neighborhood. The 60,000 square-foot public library, which opened in 2002, is extraordinary for the quantity and rarity of books on Black history and culture and for the books written by authors of African American descent.
Whether you opt for a private guided heritage driving tour, a group experience, or a leisurely, self-guided neighborhood walk, these customized tours, which are now presented year-round, offer fascinating insights and anecdotes.
Blanche Ely House Museum
The former home of renowned educators Blanche and Joseph Ely is the Blanche Ely House Museum, has been lovingly restored and is now a thriving venue showcasing the significant social and cultural milestones of Pompano Beach’s Northwest Community. The museum also serves as active cultural hub offering a variety of artmaking and storytelling workshops.
Island SPACE Caribbean Museum
Located in Plantation, Island SPACE is the nation’s only Caribbean heritage museum. With almost half of Greater Fort Lauderdale identifying as Caribbean American, this cultural treasure elevates the profile of Caribbean art, history and culture in every form, while paying tribute to native Caribbean artists who have been displaced and now call South Florida home.
Stonewall National Museum, Archives & Library
One of the largest gay archives and libraries in the United States, is The Stonewall National Museum, Archives & Library. This cultural and educational resource collects, preserves, interprets, and shares the culture of the LGBT+ community. It also serves as an epicenter of enlightenment to build bridges of cultural understanding in the LGBTQ community and beyond.
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