Ten years ago, the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum opened inside the landmark 1916 Courthouse in West Palm Beach.
The east wing of the museum is the “People Gallery” and the west wing is the “Place Gallery,” and there is also a rotating “Special Exhibit Gallery,” which changes themes each year.
The east gallery is a tribute to more than 100 people who have helped turn Palm Beach County into the beautiful place it is today. Projectors in the gallery display images of people from all over the county. Kiosks showcase artifacts to tell stories of the past like the early pioneers, Seminole Indians, educators, innovators in medicine, and more. There is also an interactive piece with even more interesting information.
The west wing is a collection of photos and models of Palm Beach County ecosystems and animals, including unique ones to the area. Models include a giant mosquito, banyan tree, alligator, and the “Barefoot Mailman,” who braved those elements daily, carrying mail from Palm Beach County to Miami. Fifty-inch touch screen maps show the huge changes in the area’s growth and re-creations take you back to pioneer days.
300 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Thanks to its members, the museum is admission-free.