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“Welcome Back to the Gilded Age”

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Palm Beach
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Henry Flagler's 73-room mansion which contains many of the original furnishings as well as an art collection.
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 446 helpful votes
“Welcome Back to the Gilded Age”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

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.

Visited February 2013
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Eagan, Minnesota
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“A trip back in time”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Took an informative docent led tour. Learned about Henry Flagler and why he is called the father of modern Florida. He built this 55 room mansion as a gift to his third wife. Wonderfully preserved home, a trip back to the gilded age, and how the other half lived. Well worth a visit, allow about 2 hours.

Visited February 2013
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“Florida History”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Beautiful setting and great story of this house and its contents. Docents are very informative and the setting is lovely.

Visited February 2013
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Beverly Hills, California
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“Fantastic Museum on wonderful Palm Beach Island”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

A gorgeous setting in one of the most spectacular palatial like buildings on Palm Beach Island. Really a true masterpiece of architecture and gorgeous old Florida design And you can even learn a lot of MR/Flagler , a railway investor and industrialists of a bygone era ! A must go !!!

Visited February 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Beautiful.”
Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

I love this sort of thing anyway but the history and house are very interesting! Beautiful views too! A bit pricey at almost $19/person but a good way to spend an afternoon.

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