History Museum

Start Date : January 1, 2015
End Date : December 31, 2017
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Location :
300 North Dixie Highway, West Plam Beach, FL 33401


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The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum opened to the public in March 2008 within the historic 1916 Courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach at 300 North Dixie Highway. The county-wide history museum enriches the lives of chidren and adults alike by making local history accessible, interesting and meaningful.  The restored building also serves as the headquarters of the Historical Society  of  Palm Beach County.

The People Gallery

What you will see:

A tribute to approximately 100 individuals and families who have contributed to the growth of Palm Beach County.

Exhibits include:

A video display projecting images of people from all walks of Palm Beach County life. Kiosks and exhibits with artifacts to help tell the stories behind the colorful characters of the past, including Pre-Columbian inhabitants, Seminole Indians, early pioneers, the business and philanthropic community, educators, and influencial leaders in communications, lay, medicine and politics. The gallery also features an interactive exhibit where visitors can find out more about interesting people.

The Place Gallery

What you will see:

Models and photographs exploring Palm Beach county’s natural environment and the animals and ecology that make it unique.

Exhibits include:

A giant mosquito, banyan tree, snake, alligator – and a model of the man who had to brave those elements in pioneer days, the “Barefoot Mailman," who carried the mail from Palm Beach County to Miami.

Touch-screen maps on a 50 inch screen that demonstrate the dramtic changes in the county's growth.

Special exhibits on characters such as Addison Mizner, and memorabilia from local sports stars,  including Jack Nicklaus and Chris Evert.

An actual “Palm Beach coach,” a wicker wheelchair/bike powered by a pedaling tour guide.

A re-creation of a ‘palmetto shack,” the frond-topped dwellings the first pioneers built for themselves.

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