The iconic Palm Beach museum is one of the most famous landmarks and homes on the island. The Flagler Museum is formally known as Whitehall and is a grand estate that features more than 100,000 square feet and was built in 1902 for the American Industrialist Henry Flagler as a wedding gift to his wife Mary.
Flagler, the Industrialist and founder of Standard Oil commissioned John Carrere and Thomas Hastings to design and built the elegant estate. Hastings and Carrere were also the architects for other famous landmarks such as the New York Public Library and the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City during the Gilded Age. Flagler is also known for developing Florida’s East Coat and is mainly responsibly for making Palm Beach America’s first resort destination.
The elegant mansion features a red tile roof, giant white marble columns, a central courtyard, two full stories with an attic and a full basement and features 75 rooms. Today, the home is now open for tourist and locals for special events and historical tours. The home features antiques, information about Flagler and the Gilded Age, and artwork.
Over the years, more than 100,000 people have visited the Palm Beach estate from all over the world. Recently, the Flagler Museum has been named the “Best Museum” in Palm Beach County by the Palm Beach Post’s 2019 Community Choice Awards.
The museum is open year-round for tours.
The museum hours include:
Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
The museum is closed Monday’s, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
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