Travel back in time to an era of glitz, glamour, and grandeur. When you walk through the halls of the Flagler Museum, you’ll be struck by an air of subtle sophistication. Surrounded by historic artifacts and anecdotes, learn about Florida history through an array of interesting exhibits. Admire the magnificent architecture while perusing the different displays. With rotating exhibits that change throughout the year, there’s always something new and exciting to see when you visit! Attend seasonal events, special lectures, and musical performances. You can even host your own events like a regal wedding with marble floors, painted ceilings, and crystal chandeliers as a backdrop! For more museum suggestions, access our handy Insider’s Guide for the best local recommendations!
The History of the Flagler Museum
The narrative of the Flagler Museum begins as an impressive winter home that belonged to Henry Flagler in the early 1900s. The presence of this magnificent structure solidified Palm Beach as a popular destination for the wealthy during the Gilded Age. In 1959, Henry Flagler’s granddaughter formed a nonprofit that is now known as the Flagler Museum, in order to purchase the property and open it to the public. Now, visitors from all over come to admire it! It’s the perfect family-friendly activity for those looking to get out of the heat.
What to Expect From Your Visit
When you visit the museum, you’ll not only be able to tour the premises of Whitehall, but you’ll also encounter an array of exhibits. Some of the permanent displays include an extensive lace collection, the Flagler Kenan Pavilion, Henry Flagler’s private railcar, and other artifacts highlighting Flagler’s life and career. In addition, guests who visit during the fall and winter months can peruse a variety of temporary exhibits indoors related to Florida history and the Gilded Age in the US.
Fun facts about Whitehall’s architecture:
- The same architects that worked on Whitehall also worked on popular Gilded Age landmarks such as the New York Public Library.
- Architects incorporate motifs that allude to the temples to Apollo such as the Doric columns seen on the front facade and the lion heads on the massive bronze doors.
- Throughout the building, guests will see references to Apollo and the Muses of literature and the arts
Fun facts about the gardens at Whitehall:
- The meticulous attention to Classical architecture details includes an atrium garden with lush, subtropical foliage.
- Guests can admire a beautiful fountain in the center of the garden that depicts the Greek goddess, Venus.
When you visit West Palm Beach, be sure to check out the many exciting events that the museum hosts throughout the year. From holiday celebrations, like 4th on Flagler, to musical performances, you’re bound to find something that piques your interest! The museum also allows members to host events such as weddings or corporate gatherings.
Admission and Hours
Adult Admission (18+): $18
Youth Admission (13-17): $10
Child Admission (6-12): $3
Under 6: Free
Reserved groups get discounted pricing.
Sunday: 12 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Stay at Casa Grandview
Between visiting attractions such as the Flagler Museum, shopping at CityPlace, and dining at one of the best restaurants in West Palm Beach, be sure to take a break at Casa Grandview! Our stylish yet cozy accommodations allow for ultimate rest and relaxation. Book your stay in the Coastal Seaside Apartment and enjoy the soothing tropical color schemes. What are you waiting for? Your dream vacation awaits!