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.


In the Historic Courtroom Gallery:

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.

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

Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215–2015

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

Weiss School Exhibit

Coming May 2017