Museums are great places to explore. They are enriching to the mind, comforting to the soul, and family-friendly. Many of them even host special events and activities for visitors of all ages.
Whether traveling from afar or just around the corner, be sure to include at least one museum on your travel agenda. You won’t regret the time spent and the minimal fee. Here’s a list of establishments in and around Jupiter that feature unique, beautiful, and inspiring works. Some offer free entrance!
Hibel Museum of Art
The Hibel Museums of Art is located on the campus of Florida Atlantic University. Inaugurated in 1977, the museum initially featured only the paintings and other works of local artist Edna Hibel. Later, the collection was expanded to include works by other artists and Asian artifacts. Lectures, special events, and children’s art camps are held on a rotating basis. The museum building can also be rented for events throughout the year.
Address: 5353 Parkside Dr, Jupiter, FL 33458-2906
Phone: (561) 622-5560
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is operated by the Loxahatchee River Historical Society, with the goal of helping visitors “explore a history shaped by nature.” The museum proudly features 5,000 years of local history and offers tours of the lighthouse—a structure built in 1860.
Aside from the museum and the lighthouse, there are several historical buildings, a gift shop, and a natural area complete with hiking trails through three different ecosystems. Children aged 5 and below can enter the museum for free, while the admission rate for adults is $12, and $6 for children aged 6 to 18.
Address: 500 Captain Armours Way, Jupiter, FL 33469-3508
Phone: (561) 747-8380
Onessimo Fine Art
Onessimo Fine Art, owned by Debra Onessimo, is a small gallery specializing in paintings, sculpture, and photography. Whether you plan only to look around or purchase pieces for your home, this museum will not disappoint with its broad range of collection by established and contemporary artists. If you’re lucky, you may come across pieces by well-known artists like Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Onessimo Fine Art hosts events throughout the year featuring different artists and styles.
Address: 4530 Pga Blvd, Suite 101, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418-3912
Phone: (561) 355-8062
Palm Beach Maritime Museum
This non-profit museum holds exhibits at Currie Park, houses a gift shop, and offers ferry ride to its most interesting portion on Peanut Island.
Peanut Island is home to an “internationally important cold war artifact,” the bomb shelter available to U.S. President John F. Kennedy during the era of the Cuban Missile crisis. Available rates for the half hour guided tour starts at $12.
Peanut Island is open for tours Thursday – Sunday from 11:00am – 4:00pm and you can get to the island via water transportation found at Sailfish Marina or Riviera Beach Marina.
The suggest donation for The Currie Park Educational Center is $2.
Address: 200 E. 13th Street, Riviera Beach, FL 33404
Phone: (561) 832-7428
Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County Museum
The Richard and Pat Johnson Museum is located in a restored historic courthouse. Operated by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, this museum offers free admission and features 3,000 square feet of permanent exhibits. Covering topics from Native American culture to present day civics, its goal is to “enrich the lives of children and adults by making our shared history accessible, interesting, and meaningful.”
Address: 300 N Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33401-4605
Phone: (561) 832-4164
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
A visit to the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum is a step back in time to America’s gilded age. Upon its completion in 1902, the New York Herald called the mansion that now houses the museum “more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world.” The museum now houses many of the original furnishings and other relics of Palm Beach history. The estate is part of the National Historic Landmark registry.
Children aged 6 and below can enter the museum for free.
Address: 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480-4065
Phone: (561) 655-2833
Jupiter Florida is not just about beautiful beaches. The town is home to several repositories for significant artworks, objects, and historical exhibitions. Don’t miss the chance to visit one of them after a long week at work.