Fort Lauderdale

United States



IGFA Fishing Hall Of Fame & Museum

Before 1939 there was no universal code of sporting ethics to guide ocean anglers in their pursuits. Some rules pertaining to sporting conduct were in effect at certain well-established fishing clubs but they varied according to the dictates of each club. The idea of a worldwide association of marine anglers had been brewing for some time in England, Australia, and the United States, and the first steps in this direction were taken in the late 1930’s by members of the British Tunny Club who hoped to establish headquarters in England to formulate rules for ethical engling. The threat of war, however, interrupted their plans.

At that same time, Michael Lerner was organizing a fishing expedition to the waters of Australia and New Zealand in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He heard of the British Tunny Club’s plans, and when he arrived in Australia he looked up one of the country’s finest anglers, Clive Firth, to discuss the idea with him. Firth was well aware of the angling feats of Californians, Floridians, Long Islanders and others. He felt that England and her colonies would accept American judgement as sporting and impartial, and that Americans should be the ones to devise and administer these ethical angling rules.

Dr. William King Gregory, head of the Departments of Ichthyology and Comparative Anatomy at the American Museum of Natural History, also was a member of the Australia-New Zealand expedition. He was particularly enthusiastic about the idea of a worldwide sport fishing association headquartered in the United States, and immediately suggested that it might be possible to affiliate such an o... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

The Marina
Five boats, including a 1933 "Wheeler," sister ship to Ernest Hemingway's Pilar. Back on the dock, take pictures of your family and friends beside the large broadbill swordfish or a world-class Largemouth Bass!
The Wetlands Walk
This exhibit mimics the natural environment of swamps, marshlands, and mangroves. No detail of these complex ecosystems is overlooked to help communicate a realistic perception of these fragile habitats teeming with life.

The Catch Gallery
Cast yourself into excitement in The Catch Gallery, where the techniques of sport fishing come alive with five interactive fishing simulators that give you the chance to catch a Marlin, Sailfish, Bass, Tarpon, or Trout without getting wet. Using interactive video, angling experts will help visitors master all types of sport fishing, while entertaining videos show catch-and-release techniques, fish taxidermy, and other interesting subjects.


Legacy Gallery
History of game fishing & IGFA. Touch-screen computers answer all your questions. Junior anglers are honored too, along with famous fishermen like Ernest Hemingway, Michael and Helen Lerner, Zane Grey, and more, in interactive displays.


Members and Children under 3 are Free (Some restrictions apply)
Children 3-16 $5.00
Adults 17-61 $6.00
Seniors 62 and older $5.00

Opening hours

Open daily from 10am to 6pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Getting there

Take I-95 to Griffin Road Exit 23; west on Griffin to first light (Anglers Ave.); south to Gulf Stream Way; left at Sportsman's Park.
Tri Rail
Ft. Lauderdale Airport Station ($1.00 off with valid Tri Rail ticket)

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Group reservations can be prearranged for groups of 15 persons or more to visit the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
For further details, call the Group Reservations Hotline 954-924-4334.