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Board of County

Mary Lou Berger

Hal R. Valeche
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Paulette Burdick

Shelley Vana

Steven L. Abrams

Melissa McKinlay

Priscilla A. Taylor

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Verdenia C. Baker

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History Museum


The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum

History Museum
This panel thanking the Board of County Commissioners on the fencing around the construction site was unveiled August 17, 2004 in conjunction with the unveiling of student artwork also installed on the fencing.

The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, operated and maintained by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, opened in 2008 in the restored 1916 County Court House, located at 300 N. Dixie Highway in downtown West Palm Beach.

The museum is an admission-free institution featuring state-of-the-art, interactive exhibits in 3,000 square feet of permanent gallery space reflecting the influence of our county’s history and many cultures from Native Americans to present-day civic and cultural leaders. The museum also offers extensive static and interactive special exhibitions curated with the intent to enrich the lives of children and adults by making our shared history accessible, interesting and meaningful.

A highlight of the building is the restored original courtroom which played a significant role in Palm Beach County’s legislative and judicial history. The Palm Beach County Bar Association developed an interactive exhibition in the balcony and civics exhibits in the rear of the courtroom on the third floor.

When you visit the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum you will discover more about the people and events that helped bring Palm Beach County to the forefront of our nation’s history, including Henry Morrison Flagler, Addison Mizner, the Barefoot Mailmen, and the 2000 presidential election, to name just a few.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday and some holidays.

For more information, please call 561-832-4164, or check out the Museum and Historical Society activities at


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