Henry Morrison Flagler Museum

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
When it was completed in 1902, the New York Herald proclaimed that Whitehall, Henry Flagler's Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was "more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world." Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum, featuring changing exhibitions and special programs. The 75-room mansion contains many of the original furnishings as well as an art collection. Adjacent to Whitehall, the Flagler Kenan Pavilion houses Henry Flagler's private Railcar No. 91 as well as a seasonal restaurant, the Cafe des Beaux-Arts, which offers a Gilded Age-themed tea service. The Museum Store offers for sale a wonderful collection of books, gifts and memorabilia with a focus on Florida history. Open Tuesday through Sunday.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • sskroll
    Orlando, Florida1,030 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great History
    We made it in time for a docent led tour of the first floor. It was well worth it. She was very knowledgeable. There is a charge to get in, they also have a cafe where you can get a box lunch. The day we were there you ordered it at the gift shop. Very eclectic items in the gift shop. After the docent led tour you can then do a self guided tour on the 2nd floor and out in the pavilion where the railway car is located. There is a lot of Florida history tied up into the house which a lot of people may not be aware of.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 25, 2023
  • Shawn H
    Washington DC, District of Columbia408 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular Mansion Part of Palm Beach Experience
    We stopped by the Flagler Museum on a hot, rainy July day. There is convenient parking in front - though we had to dash to the door a bit because of a passing shower. The mansion sits opposite the Breakers, and visiting both provides a real Palm Beach experience. We learned a lot and enjoyed the spectacular, European style rooms as we walked around.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
  • lcrosenfeld
    New Orleans, Louisiana7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Breakers and Palm Beach
    The Breakers in Palm Beach is the most amazingly gorgeous hotel imaginable! It was built in the Gilded Age, and has all the qualities of a Gilded Age mansion. It has 4 pools, a beach, 10 restaurants, and a magnificent lobby and meeting rooms. The staff was exceptional, and the food delicious. Palm Beach is beautiful- palm trees everywhere. and so clean and well taken care of.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written November 5, 2023
  • CuriousTraveler5050
    Minneapolis, Minnesota718 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit
    We enjoy architecture and touring castles, cathedrals, and chalets. It is a view into how elite people lived in that age. An impressive mansion. Set up like a museum. There are several rotating museum set ups in the upstairs. Currently it’s on bicycles. The tea house was fun to visit. Check the schedule for tea brunches on the lawn.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 17, 2023
  • edpeck
    Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida428 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and ornate
    Be ready to pay $26.00 to get in. Parking is pretty good they have 2 lots. They give you a radio to listen to a speech about every room on your self-guided tour. The rooms are done up well and you are given unlimited time to walk around. Very ornate trim and designs. Steps involved but there are elevators. Best part was the train Flagler owned, not to be missed.The whole place is nicely done. Needs to be half of what you pay so more people could enjoy.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 12, 2024
  • Diane K
    Venice, Florida4,448 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular home and rail car
    My husband and I enjoyed the guided tour that started at 11. The docent was quite knowledgeable and shared lots of info in the house and Flagler and his family. I especially enjoyed being able to go in the rail car that he and is wife rode in to go to Key West for the first time.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 13, 2024
  • Phil R
    Chelmsford, Massachusetts305 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Impressive
    If you want to be impressed by absolute splendor you must see this mansion. It surpasses the Hearst Castle as well as all of the mansions in New Port Rhode Island. It has an audio tour that explains the various architecture throughout the house.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 27, 2024
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cwmass
Prospect, CT46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We did the combo tour of the Breakers Hotel and Tea. Ellie was our tour guide and she was a lovely lady, however, very insensitive to the needs of the people in her tour. My husband uses a walker, therefore we were the last ones to reach each spot she went to because we had to carry the walker up the stairs. She never waited for the whole group to be there before she started talking, so we and several others who stopped to take pictures, missed out on some of the info. I finally had to ask her to please wait till the whole group was there before talking. She also spoke so soft we couldn’t hear her in the back anyway. She never knew if her whole group was even together before going onto the next spot, nor did she check names to see if everyone was back on the bus. However, the tea was wonderful!
Written March 5, 2020
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Terry H
Brookfield, WI344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
This was one of the finest home tours I have ever taken. The home itself is absolutely stunning and it has been fully restored with furniture that is either family property or period correct. The map and the audio guide that were included in the price of admission are well worth the price with lots of interesting detail. You can also use the web site and it’s free app to use as a guide. The railroad car that is in the adjacent structure where the cafe is located is a welcome add-on and might break up the tour of the house if children get restless looking at the architecture, fine art and furnishings in the home itself. Traffic can be slow in high season so be patient getting on and off the island.
Note the detail on the plaster and woodwork in the attached photo from the music room.
Written February 28, 2022
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NYTheaterLover
New York City, NY10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The museum is beautiful, well kept and filled with interesting objects, many original to the home. The staff was excellent and very helpful with my older parents. We enjoyed the audio tour we downloaded on our smart phone. We loved seeing the rail car as well! There were only a few people allowed in each half hour, so we felt very safe during COVID. The only thing that stops me from giving it 5 stars is the lack of places to stop and rest during the tour. There is a lot of walking for older people and there are only a few chairs available near the gift shop. The museum needs to add some chairs in the hallways for people to get a few minutes rest. With only 16 people going through every half hour, I see no problem with allowing people to stop for a short time. Additionally, if there is any way to be able to pickup and drop off people any closer to the building that would be very helpful.
Written March 25, 2021
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Freddie
Fort Myers, FL38 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
I was very excited to visit but was disappointed when I left. First, the website is very difficult to navigate to the point you are unable to understand what you are actually paying for until you are already inside. I was most excited for the preserved servant’s quarters, but the entire quarters were off limits. Its bad enough that the kitchen was turned into office space. At least they have two servant’s rooms that you can see which is more than most house museums offer but they had almost zero interpretation. The little interpretation that is present through the app, audio guide, or docent seem to focus entirely on hero worshiping Flagler, and the various gaudy decorative pieces in the house. I wanted to learn more about the servants, visitors, and how Flagler was a complex man who did good and bad things in his life. Not worth the visit.
Written January 6, 2020
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Thank you for your review and perspective. It will be shared with our Visitor Services and Curatorial teams. To clarify, the original kitchen at Whitehall was demolished after Henry Flagler's death when the home was sold to developers, who converted the property into a hotel between 1925 and 1959. The Museum, when it opened to the public in 1960, was able to obtain some of the kitchen wares which are currently on display in a location where the kitchen once stood. Two servant's rooms are indeed on display on the 2nd floor. The rest of the servants' quarters were on the third floor, which is not open to the public. To learn about complimentary tours and what you'll see at Whitehall, visit https://flaglermuseum.us/visiting There is also an extensive History section on our website here: https://flaglermuseum.us/history
Written January 7, 2020
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Felicia B
Fort Pierce, FL847 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Built by one of the wealthiest men of the Gilded Age, this was a wedding gift to his first wife. We should all be so lucky!
There's history, art, beauty....and more.
Bedrooms have names according to the style or color or theme and even the servants' rooms are gorgeous!
Set at the edge of the water, the views and lighting are fabulous. There are only three tours daily...and the last is at 2 pm so arrive early to enjoy it all.
Written February 25, 2020
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TravelerCentralFLA
Clermont, FL1,678 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
My wife and I visited the Flagler Museum last week. The museum is amazing. It was originally built by Henry Flagler for his wife. Flagler was the business partner of John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil and was one of the richest men in the world at the time. He built Whitehall, the name they gave the mansion, to be a luxurious estate as well as a bit of a museum. It houses a wonderful collection of art. The architecture of the house is nothing to ignore either. It is spectacular.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. We took the audio tour that was included in the admission. It was fascinating. It explained a lot about the house as well as about the Guided Age in America and the life of Henry Flagler. Flagler is responsible for developing two of the major economic sectors in Florida, tourism and agriculture. He built the a railroad that ran from Jacksonville all the way to Key West. This encouraged people from all over the country to visit the east coast of florida and is a major reason he built Whitehall in Palm Beach. He knew he could develop Florida and make money as well as help the economy of Florida.
If you like history, visiting historic homes, architecture, or art you will enjoy a visit to the Flagler Museum. I highly recommend it.
Written July 13, 2021
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Shelby C
Pembroke Pines, FL11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Henry Flagler was rich beyond belief and it is evident in his house built in 1902. The house is absolutely gorgeous. Lots of detail in the craftsmanship and gold in many places. Awesome to be walking into a different era and how well preserved everything is! Everything is kept very clean! There are placards to read about the history but you roam the house completely self-guided. You can download the app to listen to the audio tour. Because of COVID, you have to buy your tickets online, they will NOT let you buy tickets at the gate. My friends and family were here for about an hour but we probably could have spent more time with the audio tour. Would come back again!!!
Written May 17, 2021
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ColetteJS86
Bristol, UK84 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Could be amazing, BUT there was a huge disappointment at the entrance gate.
We happily walked in when the not particularly friendly cashier lady said we are not allowed to take the baby pram with us and we could leave it at the gate which was actually the street.
I would accept this rule for the main house but not in the garden and outside premises.
As our little daughter is only 8 month old we wanted to provide her a sheltered place to sit in in the 25 degrees and we wanted to visit the house while we swap over looking after her as everywhere inside in Florida are extremely cold due to aircons and she already had a mild cough. Finally we decided not paying $54 for 3 of us for this warm welcome.
I find this rule extremely unacceptable and discriminative.
We never ever going to return this place again....
Written January 3, 2020
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Thank you for bringing your experience to our attention. We are sorry that you chose not to enter the Museum as we believe you and your family would have enjoyed the overall experience! The Museum does have some rules in place to protect the property and its collections, and to ensure all of our guests have an enjoyable and safe experience. More information can be found here: https://flaglermuseum.us/visiting/visiting We certainly want families with children of all ages to experience Whitehall! We hope you'll reconsider your decision and return to Whitehall at a time when it works best for your family.
Written January 7, 2020
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Paula
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We could not have found a better way to spend an overcast, cool day in he Palm Beach area. The Flagler Museum is beautiful, well maintained and immaculate. Our docent was knowledgeable, informative and so easy to listen to! We enjoyed high tea at the end of our tour and were able to relax while watching the comings and goings on Lake Worth!
Written January 20, 2020
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Terralee P
Long Beach, CA470 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
A co-founder of Standard Oil and South Florida developer, Henry Flagler built an amazing home in Palm Beach that has been open to the public for many years.
Both self tours with audio and guided tours are available and the house has been restored to its glory days in the early 1900s with fabrics, furniture, paintings and sculptures. Even his railroad car is there in an adjacent building with a cafe that overlooks Lake Worth. We spent a couple of hours listening to information about the house and the Flaglers. Very enjoyable.
Written March 15, 2020
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