Tour the Richard and Pat Johnson
Palm Beach County History Museum
To schedule a tour, contact Rhonda Gordon, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, at 561-832-4164 ext. 110 or email.
Tours are available during our hours of operation on a first come, first served basis:
Monday-Saturday starting at 10:00 – 11:30 am and 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Tours last about one and a half hours.
When you call to schedule a tour, please have this information available:
- Contact person
- Group name
- Phone (including cellphone for day of tour)
- Email address
- Age group or school grade
- For school tours: Number of students/teachers/chaperones
- Requested visit dates (please provide two alternatives)
When school is out of session, we offer tours to summer camps.
Museum Tours (All tours are FREE) Our docent-led tour introduce students to the history of Palm Beach County, the architectural elements of the neo-classical revival-style courthouse, and a comprehensive lesson on the different elements of government.
History Museum Tour: 1.5 hours. This tour explores multiple galleries:
- The People Gallery: People who impacted the growth and development of Palm Beach County.
- The Place Gallery: Geographical zones of Palm Beach County, from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Okeechobee; the Barefoot Mailman story; pioneer living; Addison Mizner, who brought Spanish-style architecture to south Florida; agriculture; leisure activities; and the early grand hotels.
- The Historic Courtroom: Students will learn what takes place in a courtroom, and about segregation.
“and Justice for All” Civics Tour 1.5 hours. The Palm Beach County Bar Association’s government and law exhibit, “and Justice for All,” is on the fourth-floor balcony of the Historic Courtroom. This thirty-minute tour plus one-hour mock trial challenge students in advocacy, critical thinking, and working through life problems using inquiry-based learning. Focusing on the Bill of Rights, students will gain first-hand knowledge on how this historic document can be applied to real-life situations. The tour is comprehensive, including the elements of government; the election process; law and court systems at the federal, state, and local levels; historic documents, including the U.S. Constitution; and local people who have shaped government/law in Palm Beach County.
The Johnson History Museum is an approved SDPBC Field Experience Site.