At the Museum

An Engaging Experience

The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum is self-guided. In addition, Docent-led tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis to enhance your visit.

Schedule A Tour

Tours last 60-90 minutes and are FREE. Donations are always appreciated.

Rhonda Gordon, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator
(561) 832-4164 ext. 109

State Standards

The Johnson History Museum is an approved School District of Palm Beach County Field Experience Site, meeting these state standards: 

  • SS.5.C.2.3
  • SS.6.C.2.1
  • SS.7.C.2.1
  • SS.7.C.2.2
  • SS.7.C.2.3
  • SS.7.C.2.4
  • SS.7.C.2.5
  • SS.7.C.2.6
  • SS.7.C.2.7
  • SS.7.C.2.8
  • SS.7.C.2.9
  • SS.7.C.2.10
  • SS.7.C.2.11
  • SS.7.C.2.12
  • SS.7.C.2.13
  • SS.7.C.2.14
  • SS.8.C.1.1
  • SS.8.C.1.1
  • SS.8.C.1.5
  • SS.8.C.1.6
  • SS.912.C.2.1
  • SS.912.C.2.2
  • SS.912.C.2.3
  • SS.912.C.2.4
  • SS.912.C.2.5
  • SS.912.C.2.7
  • SS.912.C.2.8
  • SS.912.C.2.9
  • SS.912.C.2.11
  • SS.912.C.2.13
  • SS.912.C.2.14
  • SS.912.C.2.15

Tour Options

Our docents will introduce you to the museum’s permanent People and Place galleries, the annual special exhibit, and the Historic Courtroom. Learn about the history of Palm Beach County; the architectural elements of the neoclassical, revival-style courthouse; and the elements of government.  

The following guides will help you prepare for your tour of the Johnson History Museum.

Johnson History Museum – Teacher’s Guide

Architectural Tour of 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse – Teacher’s Guide

This tour is for middle- and high-school students and combines a shortened tour of the galleries with a first-hand civics lesson that challenges students. Participants receive a script ahead of time for a case relevant to their world. Students role-play as trial attorneys, witnesses, clerks, and bailiffs, while gaining a better understanding of law, court procedures, and our criminal and civil justice system. Advance preparation by students is required.

During the summer months, we add fun elements and new information to our Standard Tour to engage children who visit with a summer camp and may have already experienced the museum during the school year.