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.

education_1Tours 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
  • Address
  • 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.

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