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Tour The Norton Museum of Art

Posted by Ali Kane on Friday, February 26th, 2021 at 2:15pm.

The famous Norton Museum of Art is excited to be open and welcoming guest back. This year, the museum is celebrating its 80th Anniversary and in the beginning of February held a virtual celebration to celebrate the milestone.

The Norton Museum of Art was founded in 1941 by Ralph H. Norton and his wife Elizabeth. Norton was an industrialist in Chicago who was head of the Acme Steel Company. The idea of the museum came about because the two used to collect art and items to decorate their homes.

The couple spent a lot of time in Palm Beach County and when they were semi-retired in 1935, the Norton’s not knowing what to do with their massive art collection decided to create their own museum in West Palm Beach. Construction for the gallery and the School of Art began in 1940 and opened to the public in February of 1941.

Today, the Norton Museum of Art houses more than 7,600 permanent works of art in five cultural departments. The cultural departments include Contemporary, Photography, European, Chinese, and American art.

Currently the Museum is open Friday through Sunday. Visitors wishing to attend must make a timed-ticket reservation to ensure safety. The first hour of each day the Museum is open is reserved for Norton Members and their guests.

Museum Hours:

Monday through Thursday: Closed

Friday: 11 am to 7 pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm

The Norton Museum of Art is located at 1450 S Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach.

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