Palm Beach's Flagler Museum features opulence, architecture

Orlando Sentinel

If you love beautiful architecture and décor, you need to visit the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach County..

Giant marble steps reminiscent of Apollo's temple lead to towering white, marble pillars that frame large bronze doors decorated with lion images — and that's just the outside. The Flagler Museum has 75 rooms, spans 100,000 square feet and has more than 100,000 visitors each year.

This three-story mansion known as Whitehall was built by Henry Flagler, one of the founders of Standard Oil and the grandfather of Florida's railroads. It was given to his third wife, Mary Lily Kenan, in 1902 as a wedding present. Flagler and his wife used the home as a winter vacation spot until Flagler's death in 1913.

Whitehall is a national historic landmark and offers free guided tours, changing exhibits, special program, audio tours, and more all for the cost of admission which starts at $18 for adults. Admission is free for children.

Each of the rooms of Flagler's museum provides a sense of grandeur and class, with themes ranging from the Italian Renaissance to a 5,000-square-foot grand hall. The grand hall showcases a double staircase and opalescent ceiling art featuring references to Greek and Roman mythology that can be found throughout the mansion and even hidden in gilded décor.

The museum also houses a new 8,100-square-foot pavilion where Henry Flagler's private railcar, No. 91, is stored. Visitors can tour the railcar's salon, guest quarters, kitchen and master bedroom and bathroom.

Flagler Museum

One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach



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•Jupiter Lighthouse

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