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:
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.
This tour is about 1.5 hours long.
The Mock Trial:
or moot court tour challenges students in advocacy, critical thinking, and working through life problems using inquiry-based learning. Participants utilize a script that is provided ahead of time for the trial The Case of the Bat Attack. Mock Trials are exciting experiences for students as they play different roles, including trial attorneys, witnesses, clerks, and bailiffs, while gaining a better understanding of law, court procedures, and our criminal and civil justice system. Pre-registration is required for this tour, as well as advance preparation by students.
Mock Trails usually last about 1.5 hours.
The Johnson History Museum is an approved SDPBC Field Experience Site. (SS.5.C.2.3, SS.6.C.2.1, SS.7.C.2.1, SS.7.C.2.2, SS.7.C.2.3, SS.7.C.2.4, SS.7.C.2.5, SS.7.C.2.6, SS.7.C.2.7, SS.7.C.2.8, SS.7.C.2.9, SS.7.C.2.10, SS.7.C.2.11, SS.7.C.2.12, SS.7.C.2.13, SS.7.C.2.14, SS.8.C.1.1, SS.8.C.1.5, SS.8.C.1.6, SS.912.C.2.1, SS.912.C.2.2, SS.912.C.2.3, SS.912.C.2.4, SS.912.C.2.5, SS.912.C.2.7, SS.912.C.2.8, SS.912.C.2.9, SS.912.C.2.11, SS.912.C.2.13, SS.912.C.2.14, SS.912.C.2.15)