Henry Morrison Flagler Museum

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Henry Morrison Flagler Museum

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
4.5
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10:00 AM - 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
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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.
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SandiBinSC
Columbia, SC405 contributions
Jan 2022
I would recommend this museum as an enchanting place to visit no matter what the season or the weather. I was a bit hamstrung by only having an hour to look around because of having a later engagement, since the electronic audio tour included with admission fee runs about 90 minutes. I asked where to start if I could not see the entire property. The greeter wisely told me that if I wanted to focus on the works of art, the grand scale of the property, or the Gilded Age and the social season in Palm Beach, to begin downstairs. If, however, I wanted to focus on the more personal stories and family history, I should begin upstairs. This was sound advice. Before leaving I was also encouraged to go to the adjacent atrium and see Mr. Flagler's personal rail car (also good advice). It can be argued that no one person had as much to do with the early development of the state of Florida than Henry M. Flagler. He was the equivalent of a billionaire in his age, and as the son of a Presbyterian minister, he was extremely devoted to using much of his wealth to improve the condition of those living in his adopted community and state. If you have an intellectual curiosity about how a super-wealthy family lived at this time, or the background of Standard Oil Company, or the former railroad that covered the area all the way to Key West, or a collection of European lace, or a variety of home goods from the upper class, or insight into a 19th Century philanthropist, or something more, I expect you will be delighted that you stopped here. (One other note, I am so thankful that this property is "mask optional" for visitors. It is easy to walk around the entire property and not come physically close to other people for more than a second or two. Masks are completely unnecessary, and the "optional" policy is why I chose this property to visit instead of the Norton Museum.)
Written January 22, 2022
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Terry H
Brookfield, WI347 contributions
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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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,637 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We opted to take the Docent led tour, which currently run at 11, 12.30 and 2 as included in entry fee. Takes around an hour and covers the ground floor only. You can then explore the upper floor of mainly bedrooms and some servants quarters, as well as Flagler's train carriage yourself.

If the timings don't suit or you prefer to wander around on your own you can get an audio guide and/or floor plan, also included with your ticket. However, we though the guided tour was informative, interesting and well paced.

There is also a small exhibit on Flagler and his wife and currently also a temporary exhibit on women's shoes, which was fun.

This beautiful, opulent house was only used for around 6 weeks each year and was a wedding gift from Flagler to his third wife. I believe all the furnishings are original.

We spent around 1.5 hours here and the ticket price for an adult is $18. We would
have liked to purchase the dual ticket to include a tour of the nearby Breakers Hotel but we're told you have to book several
months in advance. It only takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays and was already sold out thru to most of April!

Note that whilst there is a cafe it's only for a full tea, sandwich and cake experience that you should book ahead for.
Written March 3, 2020
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Sharon B
Palm Harbor, FL131 contributions
Apr 2022
Interesting to see the museum, which was a home built for his third wife as a wedding present. Once you start to ascend the front steps you see it's larger than it seemed at first. We reserved tickets in advance (online). Upon arrival we had lunch in the backyard with palm trees and views of the water and a pavilion that houses the rail car he used. The pavilion was stunning with beautiful arched floor-to-ceiling windows, and I could see having a heck of a party there! We shared a charcuterie boxed lunch with iced tea from the gift shop. The museum consisted of two floors. We received the audio wand upon entering the building which begins in the ballroom I believe. There are paintings on the ceiling, so be sure to look at a the ceilings in each room as some of them have paintings or special decor. Most of the rooms were fairly large for the time period with original furnishings, including a huge cabinet with many drawers that housed lace samples that Mary Flagler collected. The museum is right in town within a residential area, but once you enter, you seem to be in a different world. The audio script could've been more interesting but overall it was worth visiting this museum. I think we spent a little over an hour actually touring the museum (after lunch).
Written May 2, 2022
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vasile123
New York City, NY744 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
The visit was enchanting and also educational. I'll repeat advice from other reviewers to allocate at least two hours, maybe more and get the free (with admission ticket) audio guide to learn a lot about Henry Flagler, the family, the art displayed in the mansion and also the way he was instrumental in developing Florida at the time. We lingered in each room trying to imagine bringing to life the people who were here; the way the place is set up with the original furniture and the audio guide makes this easy. Don't forget to take a walk outside; the views of the lake are gorgeous.
Written February 8, 2022
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TallahasseeMark
Tallahassee, FL364 contributions
Mar 2022
Henry Flagler lived an amazing life. Tremendous wealth and did a lot for society. Well preserved place and very interesting information learned on the tour. Little children will lose interest before the adults are ready to leave, but kids love to play on the spacious grounds surrounding the museum.
Written March 23, 2022
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David S
Saint Louis, MO317 contributions
Apr 2022
Our last day in the Palm Beach (4/2/22) vicinity we went to the Flagler Museum. The mansion is incredible and well worth the $18 per person cost of admission. The decor is not mine or everyone's taste but it is interesting to see and understand how it fit the time. There is a free self guided audio tour offered that is a wealth of information and not to be missed.

We have toured countless homes and this is among the best of them. It has been meticulously restored, includes many of the original furnishings, and painstakingly returned to its original glory. Of the six days we spent in the Palm Beach area, touring this home was certainly my favorite activity outside of appreciating the natural beauty of the place.

I would highly recommend touring the Flagler Museum.

Enjoy
Written April 8, 2022
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NYTheaterLover
New York City, NY5 contributions
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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angeleyes27
Brigantine, NJ4,884 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Henry Flagler was a founder of Standard Oil company, started the modern corporation concept, and also built the railroad that linked Key West to the rest of Florida. It is $18 to tour this mansion which is a bit high but it is very interesting and takes at least two hours so I think it is worth it. They offer a guided tour or self guided tour with audio guide. We took the self guided tour so we could go at our own pace. The furnishings are beautiful and they do allow non flash photography which is great. The courtyard is the middle is charming. There are two floors of rooms to explore with an exhibit on the history of lace and another on shoes. Don't miss Railcar #91 outside in the pavilion with the cafe. A small gift store is in the house.
Written March 28, 2020
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cwmass
Prospect, CT46 contributions
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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