The Palm Beaches, also called Florida’s Cultural Capital, are filled with beautiful galleries and stunning street art. The Norton Museum of Art, located near downtown West Palm Beach, is one of the best art museums in the state. Spend a day strolling through exhibits of incredible art in a sleek, contemporary building. Then, explore the adjoining gardens, which features lovely landscapes and views of the Intracoastal Waterway. The Norton Museum is one of many artistic attractions in West Palm Beach! For more recommendations on the best cultural hotspots in the area, download our exclusive Insider’s Guide today!
Everything You Need to Know About the Norton Museum of Art
The Story of the Norton Museum of Art
The Norton Museum of Art opened in 1941 when Ralph and Elizabeth Norton decided to create a gallery to display their personal art collection. Today, the museum has over 7,600 works, consisting of European, American, Chinese, Contemporary, and photography genres. The works that the Nortons donated remain at the core of the museum’s extensive collection.
In 2013, the Norton Museum embarked on an extensive renovation. The project included expanding the gallery space, building on-site homes for artists in residence, and adding a state-of-the-art auditorium to the museum. The grand opening celebration took place on February 9th, 2019.
Exhibits & Events
The Norton is home to a variety of artwork, and their ever-changing exhibitions offer something for everyone’s tastes. During your visit, wander through displays of Impressionist paintings, Buddhist sculptures, and modern European photographs.
One notable exhibition in the Norton’s 2019 series is the work of Nina Chanel Abney, an artist whose bold, relevant paintings focus on topical themes. Fans of Pop Art will also delight in the Norton’s upcoming exhibits. During the Oldenburg showcase, their garden will transform into a wonderland of giant household objects, including the famous Typewriter Eraser.
The museum is home to many events throughout the year, from lecture series to concerts to workshops. Our favorite event is Art After Dark. On Friday nights, the Norton stays open until 10 p.m. and offers up special programs. Watch a performance, attend an art talk, and sip a cocktail as you stroll through the galleries.
The Norton Museum of Art is located at 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, just a 9-minute walk away from your room at Casa Grandview.
Seniors (60+): $15
Students with valid school ID: $5
Children 12 and under: FREE
Teachers with valid school ID: FREE
Active U.S. Military (and immediate family) with valid military ID: FREE
Admission is free to the public on Fridays and Saturdays.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Other Cultural Attractions in West Palm Beach
Thanks to the avid art community in the Palm Beaches, there are plenty more art-centric activities in the area. West Palm Beach is known for its street art displays, which are as abundant as they are vibrant. Don’t forget to stop and snap a picture at one of these colorful murals!
If you’d rather spend a day learning more about South Florida’s history, check out the Flagler Museum, a Gilded Age mansion featuring fabulous architecture, exhibits, and gardens.
Craft Your Perfect Vacation With Casa Grandview
West Palm Beach is an enchanting destination for art enthusiasts. After a visit to the Norton Museum of Art, continue your cultural trip to West Palm Beach at Casa Grandview. Our historic 1925 inn features sophisticated accommodations, unique decor, and lush gardens.
When you stay in our Library Suite, you’ll enjoy a deluxe queen bed, Moroccan style furnishing, and a cozy window seat. You’ll also be right next door to the owner’s library. Pick a book, grab a seat in our al fresco common area, and spend a relaxing night in South Florida.