Seeking a tropical destination with compelling culture? Then Palm Beach County is the perfect place for you. With so many experiences from Boca Raton to West Palm Beach, it’s no wonder the area is dubbed Florida’s Cultural Capital.
A dedicated Cultural Concierge makes planning a breeze so you can map out the perfect cultural escape. Here’s a list of local favorites to let inspiration lead you to our cultural paradise.
SUSHI, SAKE, SOARING KITES AND SO MUCH MORE!
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, also in Delray Beach, celebrates South Florida’s Japanese heritage through nature, music and art! Consider Haiku, for example:
Gentle breezes float
over koi-filled lakes, through shade,
as the bamboo sings.
The exhibitions, landscapes and architecture of “The Morikami” recall a Japanese agricultural colony that once thrived in Palm Beach County. The gardens are a perfect destination for quiet contemplation, gentle exercise, connecting with nature and posting enviable social media images! Summer events include “Sushi and Stroll” with optional sake tastings and Taiko drumming performances. The exquisite museum store offers an array of gifts, collectibles and mementos, including gorgeous apparel, teas, art figures, toys, candies, jewelry, wind bells, specialty books and garden accessories. And if you’re hungry, Cornell Café serves up Pan-Asian inspired meals between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens are open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. When staying with Hilton, Delray Beach is just a few minutes from dozens of hotels to choose from,
REVEALING ART IN WEST PALM BEACH: FLORIDA’S LARGEST MUSEUM
Fresh off a massive expansion, the Norton Museum of Art houses an internationally renowned permanent collection. Founded in 1941, the Norton is one of Florida’s major cultural institutions. With year-round exhibitions and programs, a local favorite is Art After Dark, a free weekly series offering an eclectic mix of art talks, live performances, film screenings and interactive workshops.
CONTEMPORARY ART IMMERSION IN DELRAY BEACH
The Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, in downtown Delray Beach, is a premier destination for contemporary art in Palm Beach County. Exciting exhibitions are on view year-round.
CULTURAL COUNCIL EXHIBITIONS: LAKE WORTH
As the official support agency for arts and culture in The Palm Beaches, the council also serves as a venue for exhibitions and performances featuring artists who live or work in Palm Beach County at it’s headquarters in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building in Downtown Lake Worth. The Council’s gallery spaces, along with its Uniquely Palm Beach Store and a well-appointed Visitor Information Center (home of the Cultural Concierge), are located east of U.S. Highway 1 in downtown Lake Worth Beach. It’s a fun spot (with free parking) surrounded by local restaurants and shops, galleries, murals, art deco buildings and generous sidewalks.
LIVING MUSEUM: MASTER GARDENER WALK & TALK TOUR
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is home to one of the most rare and unparalleled collections of palms and cycads in the country. Cycads are living fossils, having existed for nearly 280 million years on earth since the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods. Ann Norton and her friend, Sir Peter Smithers, world-renowned botanist, landscape architect, member of British Parliament and inspiration for the character “Smithers” in the James Bond series, designed this beautiful rare tropical garden complete with over 250 different species of plants. The great secret of the gardens, hidden from the outside world by green foliage, is the monumental sculptures. The silent, mysterious forms, built over a period of 15 years, were intended to be discovered as surprises amid the dense, jungle-like vegetation.
An artist studio, created over four decades, features Ann Norton’s works in bronze, stone, and wood inhabit the studio like a forest, alluring the visitor. On property is the historic home, re-designed in 1934 by Palm Beach Architect Marion Sims Wyeth. The modest home features signature Wyeth details, such as coquina pathways, pecky cypress ceilings, and beautiful gardens. In 1948 Ralph Norton invited Wyeth to design a studio for his wife Ann. The home, studio, and gardens were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.
From award-winning performances and eye-opening exhibitions to breathtaking gardens and fun-filled festivals, find inspiration no matter where you wander in The Palm Beaches—Where Culture Always Shines.