The NSU Art Museum is located on Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard, a key part of the vibrant art district. Visitors can view more than 6,000 works in the museum’s international collection, which has a strong focus on South Florida and Caribbean culture, with artwork by Cuban artists, William Glackens, and northern European CoBrA artists.
Housed in a 1986 building designed by American architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, NSU Art Museum (part of Nova Southeastern University) was founded in 1958. There is more than 25,000 square feet (2322 square meters) of gallery space, including rotating exhibitions that showcase thought-provoking themes. Permanent collections include several post-war, European avant garde artists. NSU also holds the largest collection of works by painter William Glackens.
On the museum’s second floor you’ll find the Miriam and Bernard Peck Sculpture Terrace, which provides space for sculpture installations. The museum also features a 250-seat auditorium, bookstore, and cafe. During your visit, you might be able to attend a lecture, concert, play, film, or one of the other events planned throughout the year. The museum is next door to AutoNation Academy of Art + Design, and also hosts a well-known artist-in-residence program for contemporary artists.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The museum is fully accessible to guests. Wheelchairs are available at the admission desk on a first-come, first-served basis.
- An on-site cafe serves hot and cold sandwiches, salads, sweets, coffees, and other beverages.
- Food and beverages are not allowed in the galleries.
- Photography is not allowed in the galleries.
How to Get There
The NSU Art Museum is located on Las Olas Boulevard and Andrews Avenue in downtown Fort Lauderdale, across from Huizenga Plaza and just a few blocks from the beach. From I-95, take the Broward Boulevard exit east to Andrews Avenue, then head south to Las Olas Boulevard. Metered parking and paid city lots are available. The local Sun Trolley also stops at the museum.
When to Get There
The museum is open noon–5pm Sunday, 11am–5pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 11am–8pm (with free admission 4–8pm) the first Thursday of the month. There are docent-led gallery tours every Friday and Saturday (2–3pm).
Don’t miss the outdoor murals during your visit to the NSU Art Museum. These vibrant works, such as Venezuelan artist Arturo Herrera’s Band, and Miami artist Jen Stark’s Acid-Free, span the height and length of the building’s exterior, signaling the importance of this institution within the South Florida artistic landscape.