From spears and pioneers to hurricanes and famous names, you will love exploring the past at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum!  Our curatorial team strives to create the finest exhibitions, featuring interactive displays, vivid imagery, and stories of Palm Beach past and present.


Special Exhibitions

For the Love of the Game: Baseball in the Palm Beaches

The Historical Society of Palm Beach County presents the special exhibition, For the Love of the Game: Baseball in the Palm Beaches, at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum in the 1916 Palm Beach County Court House from September 6, 2016 – July 1, 2017.

America’s national pastime is on glorious display at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum in downtown West Palm Beach. Baseball in the Palm Beaches brings to life the early Hotel Leagues, Negro Leagues and Municipal Leagues. It’s a fascinating celebration of modern Major League teams and players, minor leagues, Little Leagues, local players, and fans — 120 years of baseball in Palm Beach County. From the games initiated by Henry Flagler as a way to entertain his hotel guests, to the future Ballpark of the Palm Beaches now underway, visitors to this exciting exhibition will discover the rich history of this beloved sport right here in Palm Beach County.

Whether you’re a baseball fan or history buff, this special exhibit has something for everyone, from interesting anecdotes and artifacts to the science of a strike, Baseball in the Palm Beaches is sure to hit it out of the park. Come discover why Palm Beach County has been home to major league and little league champions and a legacy for the future.



Staff Favorites – Hidden Gems from the Archives

Everglades Club and villas ca1920The vast majority of the nearly two million photographs housed within the Historical Society of Palm Beach County’s archives have never been seen.  To remedy this, staff chose a few of their favorites that tell the story of the great changes our community experienced during the twentieth century.  The photographic story begins in 1894, when the Hotel Royal Poinciana first opened, and concludes in the early 1960s, when the post-World War II boom was still affecting growth.


These images, and others, are available for purchase. Please contact Nick Golubov at ngolubov@hspbc.org or 561-832-4164, extension 112 for more details.



Traveling Exhibitions

The Bill of Rights and You

December 15, 2016 to February 28, 2017
The year 2016 marks the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, one of our nation’s early attempts to form “a more perfect union.” In honor of this milestone, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) encourages the nation to engage in thoughtful debate and discussion of how our ancestors sought to create a more just society and how we do so today. Their Amending America exhibit
highlights the remarkably American story of how we have amended, or attempted to amend, the Constitution in order to form a nation that more closely mirrors our ideals. Through their series of National Conversations on #RightsAndJustice, the NARA invites Americans to explore a range of contemporary issues, addressing the tension between individual rights and collective responsibilities, a
process that began with the Bill of Rights.

Spotlighting one of the most remarkable periods in American history, the NARA’s traveling exhibit The Bill of Rights and You contains simple messages conveying the importance of the historic document, its history and implementation, and its impact today.

As the permanent home of the Bill of Rights, the NARA launched a groundbreaking national initiative to explore the power of the Bill of Rights and our enduring system of government. Part of this initiative is the traveling exhibit The Bill of Rights and You. The Johnson History Museum is proud to be one of 2,000 locations across all 50 states hosting this exhibit, which presents key information about the Bill of Rights and its impact.


Magna Carta

Coming April 2017:
To raise awareness about Magna Carta’s enduring legacy and to complement the Library’s onsite exhibition, the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress joined with the Law Library of Congress to develop the traveling exhibition, Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215–2015. The exhibition shares images of objects from Library of Congress collections that illustrate Magna Carta’s influence throughout the centuries and explain the document’s long history.



Upcoming Exhibitions

Returning to Cuba

January 23, 2017 – March 31, 2017
A special exhibition of fourteen black-and-white framed photos by Victor Manuel Figueredo of Palm Beach. Figueredo was born in 1965 Cuba in the early years of the Castro regime. A year later, his family emigrated on twenty-four hours’ notice, landing in Miami on a “Freedom Flight.”

In 1998, when Pope John Paul II became the first pope to visit Cuba, Victor returned to his birthplace in a delegation of Cuban Americans. He had become an avocational photographer, and pointed his camera wherever he was allowed on this and two subsequent visits, using the medium to understand his homeland and the changes it had undergone over fifty-plus years. Victor’s images capture the essence of Castro’s Cuba from farm life to family life, and tell a story of reunions—with family, and with a country.

Weiss School Exhibit

Coming May 2017