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

April 3 to May 13
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.




The Art of Uncle Monday

June 2 to July 30

In her book Uncle Monday and Other Florida Tales, Kristen G. Congdon gathered 49 folktales from a wide variety of sources, including many from Work Progress Administration materials in Florida’s Department of State archives. The stories, many of them a century old, represent a sampling of Florida’s ethnic diversity, such as Native American, African American, Afro-Caribbean, and Hispanic cultures. Kitty Kitson Petterson’s detailed pen-and-ink drawings illustrate the narratives, capturing how Florida has been shaped by its unique environment and inhabitants.

The Historical Society will host a traveling exhibit created by the Museum of Florida in Tallahassee containing 55 frames drawings and illustrations from the book. It is scheduled to be seen by the thousands of children who visit the museum during summer camps, many of whom are from multicultural families.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Weiss School Exhibit

Exhibition date TBD

Digging the East Coast Canal and Shaping Palm Beaches Future

A temporary exhibit will be on display on the development of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway through Florida and Palm Beach County. This is a story of Florida’s role in the nineteenth century national canal movement and how the Florida East Coast Canal would eventually connect St. Augustine and Key West via an inland waterway. Crucial in creating a safe and efficient passageway for Florida’s protection, industry, tourism, and a growing population; the Florida East Coast Canal brought physical and economic challenges while forever impacting the Palm Beaches’ future.

Special courtroom exhibition presented by students of the 8th grade Applied History and Museum Studies course at The Weiss School, a PK – 8th grade non-profit school for the Gifted and Talented located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.