To explore Palm Beach is to be immersed in the arts – theater, opera, painting and sculpture, dance, and architecture. With tens of thousands of offerings each year, we have a vast and well-tended cultural landscape.
ON PALM BEACH:
When it was completed in 1902, the New York Herald proclaimed that Henry Flagler's Gilded Age estate was "more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world." Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum, featuring guided tours, changing exhibits, and special programs.
The Society of the Four Arts was founded in 1936 to offer quality cultural programming to the growing resort community of Palm Beach. Each season, The Four Arts offers a dynamic lineup of cultural programing, including notable speakers, concerts, films, educational programs, and art exhibitions. The campus is home to beautiful sculpture and botanical gardens, a library and children’s library, and a state-of-the art educational facility.
The mission of the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach is to produce performances and educational programs of the highest artistic merit, to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of chamber music, and to enhance the cultural life of Palm Beach.
The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach is dedicated to preserving the architectural and cultural heritage and the unique scenic quality of the Town of Palm Beach. Through advocacy initiatives, educational programs, architectural resources, and cultural events, the Foundation’s goal is to encourage the community to learn about and save the historic sites that make Palm Beach special.
The Kravis Center is one of the premier performing arts centers in the Southeast, with a growing national and international reputation. Set on 10.6 acres of property at the highest point in the city, the Kravis Center includes four venues:
- Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall (2,195 seats)
- Rinker Playhouse (305 seats)
- Helen K. Persson Hall (291 seats)
- Michael and Andrew Gosman Amphitheatre (outdoors, 1,400 seats)
The Kravis (as we know it) hosts more than 800 events each year, with attendance of more than 500,000 patrons.
Since its founding in 1941, The Norton Museum of Art has grown and evolved to become one of Florida's major cultural institutions. The museum is internationally known for its distinguished permanent collection featuring American, Chinese, Contemporary, and European art and photography. Its masterpieces of 19th century and 20th century painting and sculpture include works by Brancusi, Gauguin, Matisse, Miró, Monet, Picasso, Davis, Hassam, Hopper, Manship, O'Keeffe, Pollock and Sheeler. The museum presents special exhibitions, lectures, tours and programs for adults and children throughout the year.
The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens comprise the former residence of sculptor Ann Norton. The home, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and two acre property gardens feature sculptures by the artist and rare tropical palms. Visitors can wander the gardens, visit the studio and see exhibitions from noted artists throughout the year, all in a unique urban preserve.
The Palm Beach Symphony was founded in 1974 in recognition of the need for a professional orchestra in Palm Beach. The Palm Beach Symphony performs in a variety of historically important venues, including St. Edwards Church, the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Mar-a-Lago, Kravis Center and The Society of the Four Arts.
Housed in a historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and 20 exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries
Since opening in 1977, the Morikami has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida. With rotating exhibitions, tea ceremonies performed monthly in the Seishin-an tea house, educational outreach programs with local schools and organizations, and Japanese traditional festivals celebrated for the public several times a year, the Morikami strives to spread appreciation for the living culture of Japan.
Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County is the oldest and largest public botanical garden in the Palm Beaches. Its 14 acres of gardens display tropical and subtropical plants from around the world, including flowering trees and shrubs, tropical fruit trees, bromeliads, palms, herbs, vegetables and roses. In addition to the garden, Mounts visitors may access the best available talent through our classes and workshops to help them appreciate and enjoy gardening in South Florida.
Palm Beach Dramaworks is a professional not-for-profit theatre company that engages and entertains audiences with provocative and timeless productions that personally impact each individual. Palm Beach Dramaworks is committed to enhancing the quality of life through the transformative power of live theatre. Since its founding in 2000, PBD has distinguished itself with vibrant productions of classic, contemporary, and overlooked plays that inspire, engage, challenge, and entertain audiences. All of PBD’s programming is informed by an insistence on quality and integrity.
Palm Beach Opera is dedicated to producing live opera at an international standard of excellence and to enriching the life of the communities it serves with a diverse offering of educational programs. Founded in 1961, the fully professional Palm Beach Opera presents main stage performances at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and is a proud member of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
The Cultural Council is the official support agency for arts and culture in Palm Beach County, serving non-profit organizations, artists and arts districts. The Council promotes the county’s cultural experiences, both to visitors and residents. The agency administers $4.5 million in grants annually, supports arts and cultural education, provides capacity-building training, and advocates for arts funding and arts-friendly policies. The Council presents exhibitions featuring Palm Beach County artists and provides additional programming at its headquarters in the historic Robert J. Montgomery, Jr. building.