Every year on June 5, the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum opens its doors free of charge to honor founder Jean Flagler Matthews, granddaughter of the great oil baron.
Visitors are invited to take a self-guided tour of Whitehall, to view the permanent collection of art and objects related to the Gilded Age, and to climb aboard Henry Flagler’s private railcar in the Flagler Kenan Pavilion.
Flagler, a partner in Standard Oil, built Whitehall in 1902 to demonstrate the nation’s rise to the pinnacle of human invention and artistic achievement. Nearly 60 years later, his granddaughter rescued the estate from demolition, establishing the Flagler Museum on June 5, 1959. Since then, millions have immersed themselves in the majesty of American life during the Gilded Age.
National Geographic Traveler calls the museum “an absolute must-see for visitors to Palm Beach,” and Art + Auction magazine proclaims, “Everyone should go to the Flagler Museum. It’s one of the greatest Gilded Age mansions in the world.”
The museum is located off Cocoanut Row just south of the Flagler Memorial Bridge. Doors will be open Sunday, June 5, from noon to 5 p.m. For information about exhibits, programs and membership, visit the museum website.