Singer Island visitors are vacationing on an island that has few major attractions. But if they want a serious dose of culture, they can visit the nearby Flagler Museum.
Flagler Museum is devoted to a time or remarkable wealth and growth in American history. The beautiful building alone is worth seeing. Henry Flagler was an industrialist, one of the founders of Standard Oil and major developer of the Florida coastline.
Flagler and his wife “used the home as a winter retreat from 1902 until Flagler’s death in 1913, establishing the Palm Beach season for the wealthy of the Gilded Age,” the museum says.
His 75-room Gilded Age Mansion known as Whitehall is now Flagler Museum and a National Historic Landmark. The 100,000-square-foot museum and former home is devoted to displays and collections about the Gilded Age in American history, which lasted from 1865 to 1929.
The museum also holds major exhibitions highlighting art or artists, topics, and issues from the Gilded Age. The exhibitions give visitors the chance to further explore the art and culture of that era. Exhibitions are free with museum admission.
Visitors can take guided tours and audio tours. They also can attend lectures and other special events.
Singer Island vacationers will find that Flagler Museum is quick and easy to reach. The museum is about 18 minutes or seven miles south of Singer Island on Palm Beach Island. It’s also a good chance to tour Palm Beach Island and drive past the massive mansions that dot the island.
The museum is open year round from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. It is closed on Mondays as well as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $10 for teens and $3 for children 6 to 12 years old. Children under 6 are free.