World AIDS Museum

World AIDS Museum

\In Honor of the Grand Opening of the World AIDS Museum

Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Tuesday, December 2

The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center (1201 NE 26th St., Ste. 111, Wilton Manors) has grown over the course of the past three years from an idea into a reality. The Museum celebrated its soft opening this past spring, and opened to the public for just twelve hours a week. Now the museum is open twenty-eight hours a week and is preparing for its grand opening, with a gala celebration at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale). This event, sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, will be presented on Tuesday, December 2.

According to the World AIDS Museum’s website, their mission is to “increase awareness and decrease stigma of the HIV/AIDS epidemic by documenting the history of HIV/AIDS, remembering the people who suffered from the disease, educating people about HIV/AIDS, and enlightening the world to this continuing tragedy and empowering the survivors.” Their signature is exhibit is called “The Chronology of AIDS” and depicts the spread of AIDS and its coverage in media from the 1980s to the present day.

The December 2 gala starts at 6 p.m. with a VIP cocktail reception in the Mary Porter Riverview Ballroom at the Huizenga Pavilion on the waterfront. At that time, over 50 physicians and other healthcare professionals will be recognized for their work in attempting to find a cure for HIV/AIDS, and for their work with people affected by the illness. At 8 p.m., people will find their way to the Amaturo Theater for a rousing performance by the 60-piece South Florida Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor and artistic director Sebrina Maria Alfonso.

Tickets are available right now, and the sales benefit the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center. Tickets cost $150 for the VIP cocktail reception and the symphony concert. If you want to attend the cocktail reception only, tickets are available at the door and they are priced at $40. To attend the concert only, tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at (800) 745-3000. Those specific tickets are priced based on proximity to the stage and range from $40 to $60 per person.

For more information on the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center, and to find out how to volunteer and donate, visit