Visit the Richard & Pat Johnson
Palm Beach County History Museum
The admission-free Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum is located on the 2nd floor of the restored 1916 Courthouse, 300 North Dixie Highway, in downtown West Palm Beach. We are across the street from the modern courthouse. The offices of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County are also located inside the 1916 Courthouse.
Please Note: In furthering our mission, the HSPBC aims to provide a welcoming atmosphere for all of our museum visitors. As a private nonprofit, we reserve the right to schedule museum tours as we see fit, and to refuse entry to anyone who detracts from the safety, welfare, and well-being of other visitors or the museum itself. We are committed to not discriminating on the basis of race, color, ability, gender identity or expression, sexual preference, or any other characteristic.
Monday 10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday 10 am – 5 pm
Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
The Museum is closed on Sundays & major holidays.
Click here for a list.
Upcoming Museum closures:
Feb. 17: Presidents’ Day
May 25 – Memorial Day
July 4 – Independence Day
300 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
A Handicap-Accessible Entrance is located on the east side of the building on the 1st floor with elevators to the second floor (the Museum level). A wheelchair is available for use by Museum visitors. Ask at the greeter desk on 2nd floor or call ahead (561) 832-4164 ext. 2.
Enhance your visit with a docent-led tour at no cost.
Daily Tours: Effective Feb. 1 – Mon-Fri 2:00 pm and Sat 11:30 am
No reservation required. See the Greeter on the second floor.
Private Group Tours: Click here, scroll down to Museum, then Standard History Tour
From the North
Take I-95 to the exit for Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. Turn left (east) on Palm Beach Lakes Blvd to Dixie Hwy (US 1). Turn right (south) onto Dixie Hwy. The Museum is on the southeast corner of Dixie Highway and 3rd St.
From the South
Take I-95 to the exit for Okeechobee Blvd East. Turn right (east) on Okeechobee Blvd to the light at Olive Ave. Turn left (north) on Olive Ave. Go to 3rd St and turn left (west) to the Museum, on the left just past the County Governmental Center.
From the West
Take Okeechobee Blvd east to Olive Ave. Turn left (north) on Olive Ave. Go to 3rd St and turn left (west) to the Museum, on the left just past the County Governmental Center.
- 3rd St: Parking meters take credit cards (maximum two hours for $2.00) or coins. Free for handicapped decal holders.
- 4th St: Public lot: Enter the lot on the east half of the block. Pay at the kiosk if it is in operation.
- Garages: Click Here for public parking garages nearby.
The Museum contains four galleries:
The People Gallery and Places Gallery are permanent.
The Main Gallery changes topics annually.
The historic Courtroom contains revolving short-term exhibits.
Becoming West Palm Beach: Celebrating 125 Years
September 3, 2019 – July 3, 2020
“A stretch of the whitest of white sand, two lines of steel rails, a few acres of pineapples, a couple of houses and ‘scrub’ on every side! This was West Palm Beach in September 1894.” -From The Lake Worth Historian, 1896.
The City of West Palm Beach was incorporated in 1894. As a promising metropolitan city, West Palm Beach grew from a small ‘scrub’ town into an alluring city for tourism and residents. To celebrate the 125th anniversary, the Historical Society of Palm Beach County has developed an exhibit in their temporary gallery to highlight many of the triumphs and trials that have made West Palm Beach what it is and continues to become.
Using primary and secondary sources, the exhibit looks at the growth of West Palm Beach as neighborhoods began to develop. West Palm Beach expanded because of the diverse history of the people, businesses, and amusements. This exhibit describes how West Palm Beach grew into a metropolis where people live, work, and play in paradise.
Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made America (in the Historic Courtroom)
January 2 – February 15, 2020
His face is on the ten-dollar bill, but most Americans know more about Alexander Hamilton’s death in a duel than his remarkable life as one of the most brilliant and influential figures in U.S. history. Hamilton (1757-1804) is the focus of a traveling panel exhibition that tells the story of his astonishing rise from an orphaned, 15-year-old West Indies immigrant to George Washington’s wartime aide, and, at age 32, to the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Hamilton was a complex and controversial figure – a Revolutionary War patriot and soldier, financial and legal genius, and an ardent opponent of slavery. He was the chief architect of many of the financial, political and legal institutions so familiar to Americans today, such as the Bank of the United States and New York Stock Exchange. By the time Hamilton retired in 1795, the United States was fiscally sound and poised to become a major world economic and political leader. In the opinion of many historians, Hamilton made the early republic work and set the agenda for its future.
This exhibition looks at Hamilton’s life and death through relationships he forged and through his ideas, which often clashed with those of other prominent national figures, including Thomas Jefferson. Looking at the debate that took place when this country was founded should help 21st-century Americans better understand why the government, the courts, our banking system and our economy are organized the way they are. Hamilton’s pivotal role in providing a foundation for the complex society we live in today will be a revelation for many who view this exhibit.
Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America was organized by the New-York Historical Society, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the American Library Association, and has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is inspired by the New York Historical Society’s 2004 exhibition, which commemorated the 200th anniversary of both Hamilton’s death and the Society’s founding in 1804.
THE MUSEUM STORE
Visit the Museum Store at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum for a unique selection of book titles, jewelry, pottery, art, gifts, toys, home décor, framed and unframed prints and maps, souvenirs, stationery items, and products with our logos. HSPBC members receive a minimum 10% discount on all purchases.