What is Palm Beach’s cultural scene like?

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Susan Barnes

Although Palm Beach is all about the sun and sand, it offers a rich culture scene. It boasts the state’s largest museum, the Norton Museum of Art. The internationally known museum specializes in 19th- and 20th-century masters, like Gauguin, Matisse, Miró, Monet, Picasso, Hopper and Pollock. It also carries an impressive collection of Chinese art, contemporary art and photography. Another spot worth a look-see is the Flagler Museum. The museum pays homage to railroad tycoon Henry Flagler, who was instrumental in developing south Florida. His hotels helped establish tourism in the state.

Want more history? Check out the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County Museum, housed in a 1916 courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach. The museum features two permanent exhibits — The People Gallery and The Place Gallery. In The People Gallery, learn about those who established the area and helped develop it into what it is today, including pre-Columbian inhabitants, Seminole Indians, early pioneers, educators, influential leaders and more — all through video displays, kiosks and exhibits. The Place Gallery is filled with models and photographs of the area’s natural environment, and the animals and ecology that make it unique.

If live art is more your style, check out the performances at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. The center is the home base for the Miami City Ballet, Palm Beach Opera, and the Palm Beach Pops. You can catch everything from Broadway productions like Les Misérables to stand-up comedians like Dennis Miller on its stage.

Of course, larger cities like Fort Lauderdale and Miami aren’t too far away, offering even more opportunities to take in a bit of culture during your stay.

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