The museum is Henry Morrison Flagler's incredibly beautiful, opulent, over-the-top, I've got more money than anyone else, 75 room beach house. Whitehall was Flagler's wedding present to his second wife. The winter retreat is an architectural wonder and a features a host of technological advances that occurred between the Civil War and the Stock Market Crash of 1929. The museum is open year-round but closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The entry fee includes free tours, either docent-lead or an audio self-guided tour. We did both. The docent-lead tour focused on the first floor and the audio and self-guided tours covered the first floor but highlighted the second floor private living space. Our docent did an excellent job of bringing the museum to life and questions from the group were welcomed.
We ended our tour in the Flagler Keenan Pavillion where Mr. Flagler's railcar and the Cafe' des-Beaux-Arts are located. We decided to treat ourselves to afternoon tea. The cafe is open November 23rd to March 30th. The hours vary and the cafe is closed on Monday so check the website before you go. The menu includes lemonade and tea, a selection of tea sandwiches, scones, jams and sweets for $22.00 each which includes tip and tax. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, sipping tea and watching the yachts sail by.
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