Museums 

PALM BEACH

Boca Raton Museum of Art – Contemporary art museum with more than 4,000 works in its permanent collection, ranging from modern masters, sculpture, pre-Columbian, African, photography and world-class traveling exhibitions. Films, lectures, tours, family programming and a year-round art school.

Sports Immortals Museum – Recognized by the Smithsonian Institute as “absolutely the most outstanding collection on all sports”, the Sports Immortal Museum showcases rotating displays of over 20,000 mementos as well as over 10,000 non-museum-related items to purchase in their state-of-the-art memorabilia mart.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens – A center for Japanese arts and culture since 1977, visitors will discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan through various educational events and exhibits,  in addition to exploring six diverse gardens inspired by various historical periods and unique style of Japanese gardening in the renowned 16-acre gardens.

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens – Located in the charming El Cid neighborhood is the historic home, gardens and still intact artist studio of Ann Weaver Norton. Displayed throughout the house, studio and gardens are more than 100 works by the artist, including nine monumental sculptures. The gardens contain over 300 species of rare palms and native plants and is the largest collection north of Miami.

Museum of Ragtops Motorcars – Stroll down memory lane at this premier destination filled with special interest automobiles, memorabilia, soda bar, drive in theater, Tropical Art Deco showroom, Club LaSalle Roaring 20s, and The Station, featuring vintage station wagons and unique gift boutique.

South Florida Science Museum – Curious minds of all ages will be entertained by an educational journey through science and technology. This science center features 50 hands-on exhibits, a digital planetarium, freshwater and saltwater aquariums, observatory, laser concerts, science trail, Egypt Gallery, miniature galaxy golf and special weekend programs.

Flagler Museum – Completed in 1902, Whitehall, Henry Flagler’s Guilded Age estate was hailed as “more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world.” Representing a dynamic time in American history, the 55-room mansion is open to the public for docent led or self-guide tours of the exhibits and Flagler’s famous railcar.

Yesteryear Village – Florida’s rich history is displayed within this park, nestled on 10 acres, showcasing buildings and artifacts from the 1895’s to the 1945’s. Discover a large collection of early, original and replicated buildings including an old school, a farm, blacksmith shop, general store, several houses, and the Sally Bennett Big Band Hall of Fame Museum.

The Society of the Four Arts – Palm Beach’s best-loved destination for art exhibitions, concerts, films, lectures and workshops. The Society of the Four Arts is home to the King Library, the Four Arts Children’s Library, and the magnificent Philip Hulitar Sculpture Gardens and Four Arts Botanical Gardens.

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum – For the best view in Palm Beach County, climb the 105 steps to the top of the 156 foot Lighthouse. Built in 1860, the Lighthouse is still an active aid to navigation and offers tower-top tours, including sunset and moonrise tours. Outdoor exhibits include the Tindall Pioneer Homestead and Pennock Plantation Bell. The Waterfront Museum in the newly restored WWII Barracks building offers the local history exhibit: Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee.

The Hibel Museum of Art – The Hibel Museum is home to a comprehensive collection of the works of Edna Hibel. It is the world’s only non-profit public museum dedicated to the art of a living American woman. Today, the museum has grown into a multi-functional cultural and educational institution where scholars, artists and the public may find the resources for the study and appreciation of a broad collection of Hibel’s art.

TREASURE COAST

A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery – An 8,000 sq. ft. public visual arts facility, the Backus Museum is the nation’s largest public exhibition of artwork by Florida’s preeminent painter A.E. Backus, as well as the state’s only permanent multi-media exhibition on the Florida Highwaymen.  The A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery is a repository for many of Backus’ paintings and personal effects – and an educational and inspirational resource for the visual artists of today.

Elliott Museum – Featuring one of the largest collections of historic Ford Model A and Model AA commercial vehicles in the world, the Elliott Museum serves the people of the Treasure Coast through its variety of exhibits, collections, classes and lectures. The museum offers both permanent and changing exhibitions and is home to a significant collection of trucks, bicycles, boats, baseball memorabilia, art and local history galleries.

FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute – Comprised of 32 buildings set on 144 acres along the Indian River Lagoon, HBOI is a driving force in innovative ocean research and discovery. With tours, exhibitions, programs, lectures and events available to the general public, their “Mission: Ocean Discovery” provides a variety of platforms through which HBOI scientists can share their knowledge, passions and achievements with people of all ages.

House of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar – Step back in time to the turn of the century with a visit to The House of Refuge. Designated as a haven for shipwrecked sailors and travelers along the sparsely populated Atlantic coastline of Florida, this historic structure offers a fascinating look at a bygone lifestyle along the sea.

Stuart Heritage Museum – The Stuart Heritage Museum houses countless relics that define the history, people, businesses, agriculture and spirit of The City of Stuart and Martin County. Explore one of the finest collections of artifacts from Florida’s Seminole Indians, learn about what life in Stuart was like during the pioneer days and examine photos of the people and places of Martin County taken throughout the decades.

The Navy SEAL Museum – Dive into the secret world of the Naval Special Warfare at The National Navy SEAL Museum and Memorial. Probe the history of the legendary maritime special operations warriors, get hands-on with the specialized equipment used by Navy SEAL Teams and investigate the unique collection of artifacts from some of the SEALs’ most renowned and dangerous missions!