Above: The exterior of the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Beach Museums Founded by American Industrialists

During our Palm Beach stay, we visited two museums that added greatly to our visit — and which, in case of bad weather, would provide valuable diversions.

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum

Henry Flagler, a co-founder of Standard Oil, was also a visionary who foresaw the attraction of Florida as a warm-weather escape from winter within the United States. At the turn of the 20th century, he charged his architects with creating a mansion to rival the most opulent in Europe, as well as those in Newport, Rhode Island, as a wedding gift to his new (and third) wife. Flagler took up winter residence in 1902. Highlights of the 75-room estate, now the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, include many of the original furnishings, a superb art collection and, in an adjacent pavilion, Flagler’s personal railcar, in which he would travel down from New York. The splendor of the place is breathtaking, especially the 5,000-square-foot Grand Hall, which features two portraits of Flagler, one at each end.

Flagler Museum
One Whitehall Way,
Palm Beach. Tel. (561) 655-2833

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Above: The exterior of the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida

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