Art and Culture Across the Palm Beaches

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Palm Beach County with a visit to an elegant art center or a theater performance at one of many award-winning venues

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Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
253 Barcelona Road, West Palm Beach, 33401; 561-832-5328

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is a land-marked complex built as a testament to the creative genius of the namesake American sculptor. Its gardens include more than four decades of Norton’s monumental sculptures, along with several artistic periods represented by works of bronze, stone, and wood.

Armory Art Center
811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, 33401; 561-832-1776

The Armory Art Center is located in a historic Art Deco building and provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Nearly 100 courses are held at the Armory Art Center within its 12 state-of-the-art studios, including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, print making, fibers, and sculpture. The Armory hosts 20 exhibitions annually within its four galleries.

Arts Garage
94 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, 33444; 561-450-6357

In the heart of Delray Beach’s vibrant downtown, Arts Garage is an inspiring hub for visual artists and musicians. Patrons get to sip wine, taste cheese, and soak in jazz, blues, soul, reggae, and classical music. No seat is a bad one in this cozy venue. Theater classes and piano lessons from seasoned performers are offered as well.

Boca Ballet Theatre
7630 NW 6th Ave., Boca Raton, 33487; 561-995-0709 

Since 1991, Boca Ballet Theatre has educated more than 5,000 dancers and has performed for more than 200,000 audience members in South Florida. Through the teaching of classical ballet, the organization helps children and adults build confidence, skill, determination, and an appreciation for the arts. Boca Ballet Theatre performs 13 performances a year.

Boca Raton Museum of Art
501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 33432; 561-392-2500

Attracting more than 200,000 visitors a year to its cultural galleries and programs, the impressive Boca Raton Museum of Art houses an assortment of traveling exhibitions and permanent collections from both established and rising artists. The two-story museum also offers educational programs, artist lectures, films, and art classes for children.

Coral Sky Amphitheatre
601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach, 33411; 561-795-8883

Among the biggest and the best venues in South Florida is the famous Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. The open-air music venue can seat 20,000 and offers marvelous views of the city. The modern venue also features the biggest names in the concert industry, ranging from Lilith Fair to Van Halen.

Delray Beach Playhouse
950 NW 9th St., Delray Beach, 33444; 561-272-1281

Since opening its doors in 1947, Delray Beach Playhouse has been providing South Florida with fantastic community theater. Located in a picturesque park on Lake Ida, Delray Beach Playhouse presents nothing but the best comedic and dramatic Broadway plays, musical memories, fun children’s theater productions, camps, and workshops.

Flagler Museum
One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach, 33480; 561-655-2833

When it was completed in 1902, Whitehall, Henry Flagler’s Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was called “more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world” by the New York Herald. 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.

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Lighthouse Park, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter, 33469; 561-747-8380

Challenge your family to climb to the top of this 105-foot-tall, conical-cylindrical lighthouse tower. Built in 1860, the red brick lighthouse was designed by future Union General George Meade. Also on-site, you’ll find a Keeper’s Workshop and a restored WWII building that serves as a history museum. Take advantage of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum’s educational programs, including sunset and moonrise tours, hikes through history, and story times for kids.

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Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 33401; 561-832-7469

It’s been more than 26 years since the Kravis Center welcomed its first guests—and since then, the center has presented more than 13,000 performances. Today, the Kravis Center is known as South Florida’s premier performing arts center and serves as a cultural beacon for the community, offering a diverse lineup of touring Broadway hits, concerts, comedy, dance, classical music, and arts-education programming.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery & School of Art
373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, 33469; 561-746-3101

For more than 50 years, the Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member-supported nonprofit organization, has provided artistic programming and cultural opportunities for Palm Beach and Martin counties. The ArtCenter offers engaging exhibitions, cultural programs, a dynamic school of art, workshops, day trips, lectures, and monthly receptions as well as a gift shop and art supply store. The center hosts summer ArtCamp for children and provides cultural opportunities for underserved communities. Founded in 1964 by a group of eight artists and Christopher Norton, the son of founders of the Norton Museum of Art, the ArtCenter is proud to provide exceptional art experiences for people of all ages and experience.

Maltz Jupiter Theatre
1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter, 33477; 561-575-2223

As Florida’s largest award-winning not-for-profit professional regional theater, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre produces spectacular year-round entertainment featuring Broadway-caliber musicals, dramatic works, concerts, family programming, and classes for all ages at its Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts. The Maltz draws nearly 100,000 people annually and has earned numerous Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s highest honor for artistic excellence.

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Mizner Park Amphitheater
590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 33432; 561-393-7890 

The Mizner Park Amphitheater, colonnade, and concert green in accommodates 4,200 visitors for music events like rock bands, cover acts, symphonies, and other creative artists. Since its opening in 2002, the amphitheater has entertained more than one million people with a variety of community events and commercial concerts.

Norton Museum of Art
1450 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach, 33401; 561-832-5196

Since its founding in 1941, the Norton Museum of Art has become one of South Florida’s most beloved cultural institutions. Its permanent collection includes nineteenth- and twentieth-century European and American masterpieces, world-class Chinese bronze and jade, and photography and contemporary art that spans decades and styles. Education and public programming is of equally high caliber.

Old School Square
51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, 33444; 561-243-7922 

Old School Square provides downtown Delray Beach with first-class arts, entertainment events, and educational exhibits. Located at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Swinton Avenue, Old School Square comprises restored early twentieth-century school buildings, including the Cornell Art Museum and the Crest Theatre. South Floridians can enjoy live music, art, photography, and a weekly green market in Old School Square’s open space.

Palm Beach Dramaworks
201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 33401; 561-514-4042

Located in the heart of downtown, Palm Beach Dramaworks is a professional not-for-profit theater company that entertains audiences with fun and stimulating productions. What sets the venue apart is its small size and intimacy, as well as spectacular performances with talented actors throughout the year in a lively part of town.

The Palm Beach Museum of Natural History
10300 Forest Hill Blvd. Suite 172, Wellington, 33414; 561-729-4246

The Palm Beach Museum of Natural History (PBMNH) collects, researches, interprets, and explains all aspects of our natural world, the evolution of life, and the development of human culture. The museum focuses on the natural history of southern Florida but extends its reach farther down to the Caribbean region. Stop in for a visit and participate in any of the many exhibits, lectures, classes, and fascinating hands-on learning experiences that are available year-round.

Courtesy of Discover the Palm Beaches

Palm Beach Opera
1800 South Australian Ave. Suite 301, West Palm Beach, 33409; 561-833-7888; 

Founded in 1961, Palm Beach Opera presents main stage performances to the Palm Beach community while also offering many diverse education programs. World-renowned guests travel from all over the globe to perform with the 50 talented singers making up the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra. Both show-goers and critics agree that the artistic quality of every Palm Beach Opera production is impeccable.

Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum
300 N. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach, 33401; 561-832-4164; 

Palm Beach County’s history is on display in this restored 1916 Neoclassical-style courthouse. Docents lead guided tours through three galleries of interactive exhibits that celebrate the county’s pioneers, natural environment, and milestone events. Meet the iconic Barefoot Mailman, early Native Americans, and trailblazers who left their footprint on Florida’s past.

Seabreeze Amphitheater
750 S. S.R. A1A, Jupiter, 33477; 561-966-7099

Seabreeze Amphitheater is an entertainment facility at Carlin Park in Jupiter hosting up to 2,000 people for theater performances, concerts, and community fundraisers. It has been the setting for the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival for more than two decades. Seabreeze Amphitheater is also home to large-scale entertainment events, including the annual Safe Harbor Celebrity Dog Wash and CBS Radio.

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The Society of the Four Arts
100 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, 33480; 561-655-7227

Founded in 1936, The Society of the Four Arts inspires and engages people through the presentation of outstanding artistic and cultural programs. From November through April, Four Arts, as it’s known by locals, offers hundreds of events including notable speakers, art exhibitions, concerts, workshops, films, and more. Located along the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach, the 10-acre campus also includes a beautiful sculpture garden.

South Florida Society for Arts and Culture
4076 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 33410; 561-840-5351

A cultural arts organization and event venue located in the heart of Palm Beach Gardens, the South Florida Society for Arts and Culture offers music performances, education programs, youth arts workshops and summer camps, and more. The venue is open for private events as well.

SunFest
525 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 33401; 800-786-3378; 

Since 1983, SunFest has been the Sunshine State’s largest waterfront music and art festival, attracting more than 275,000 visitors each year. Taking place along the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown West Palm Beach in late April/early May, SunFest presents international acts in a range of genres—including rock, pop, blues, hip-hop, and folk. The Juried Fine Art & Craft Show (it doesn’t happen every year) also features jewelry, painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and more for SunFest attendees.

Courtesy of Discover the Palm Beaches

Sunrise Theatre
117 S. Second St., Fort Pierce, 34950; 772-461-4775

It may not be located in Palm Beach County, but the Sunrise Theatre is worth a mention anyway. Located in nearby St. Lucie County, it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since opening in 1923, it has become a center for local, national, and international performing arts presentations. The 1,200-seat theater in historic downtown Fort Pierce boasts state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems for lovers of the theater.

Sunset Cove Amphitheater
20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton, 33498; 561-488-8069

Sunset Cove Amphitheater has the capacity to seat 6,000 for national acts, festivals, community fundraisers, and more. Not only is there a 1,700-square-foot stage, but the venue also has top-notch sound and lighting, along with a spacious lawn for patron comfort. Thanks to the amphitheater’s ideal location, demographics, and capacity, it plays host to several community events throughout the year, including the annual Fourth of July concert and fireworks.

The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum
7901 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton, 33487; 561-995-2333

The Wick Theatre produces Broadway-quality musicals starring award-winning casts and serves as a professional theater in the South Florida region. The Costume Museum is internationally renowned and contains wardrobe pieces with historical significance spanning more than 100 years of designs for American theater.

  

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