The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum is within the historic 1916 Courthouse at 300 North Dixie Highway in downtown West Palm Beach. The Museum contains two permanent galleries — The People Gallery and The Place Gallery — and the rotating Special Exhibit Gallery where curators create the finest exhibitions, featuring interactive displays, vivid imagery, and stories of Palm Beach past and present.
Plan your visit. Historical Society of Palm Beach County is located at:
300 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 33401 (see map below)
For information call (561) 832.4164 or visit hspbc.org
The Museum will remain closed through March 31. The offices of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County will remain open until further notice.
What to see
The countywide history museum makes local history accessible, interesting, and meaningful.
The People Gallery
A tribute to more than 100 individuals and families who have contributed to the development of Palm Beach County. The exhibit features a video display projecting images of people from all walks of Palm Beach County life. There are artifacts to help tell the stories behind the colorful characters of the past, including Seminole Indians, early pioneers, the business and philanthropic community, educators, and influential leaders.
The Place Gallery
Models and photographs exploring Palm Beach County’s natural environment and the animals and ecology that make it unique. There are touch-screen maps on a 50-inch screen that demonstrate the dramatic changes in the county’s growth. You can see memorabilia from local sports stars, including Jack Nicklaus and Chris Evert; a model of the man who had to brave those elements in pioneer days, the “Barefoot,” and much more.