West Palm Beach: Cultural Haven
Where does one begin to consider the abundance of cultural opportunities in West Palm Beach? Anything you seek can be found on its stages, in its museums and galleries, within its gardens and in the halls of its historic buildings. With an increasingly vibrant downtown and a waterfront that’s perfect for entertainment of all stripes, West Palm Beach offers a never-ending feast of arts and culture.
Music, dance, opera and theater constantly bring energy to the stage of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, while Palm Beach Dramaworks burnishes its national reputation for excellence in the Don & Ann Brown Theatre. The visual arts in all their splendor can be found at the Norton Museum of Art, the Armory Art Center, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens and the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.
Each year visitors find the greatest in art, antiques and other collectibles in a series of elegant art fairs held at the Convention Center.
The Historical Society of Palm Beach County preserves the past in the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum. The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society protects the creatures of the Earth, while the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium probes the inner workings of our world. And then there’s SunFest – one of the most popular outdoor events in the Southeast – which brings throngs of people to the waterfront for wide-ranging musical acts, a juried fine art and craft show, food and non-stop fun.
There’s so much more to explore in West Palm Beach. Don’t wait another minute to start your journey!
The urban experience
You’ll feel the energy of the city when you enter West Palm Beach. This city, in central Palm Beach County, is growing rapidly, which means there are more things to do and see each day.
Explore the world-renowned Norton Museum of Art, take in a musical at the Kravis Center or enjoy an intimate theater experience at Palm Beach Dramaworks. West Palm Beach also has one of the country’s top-rated zoos, which just happens to be beside the amazing South Florida Science Museum. Shop, dine and be entertained to your heart’s content at CityPlace. Weekdays or weekends, West Palm Beach has something for everyone!
The West Palm Beach A&E District is a centralized collection of inspiring arts and entertainment venues, art and history museums, galleries, libraries, performing arts companies and art education institutions. Situated in the heart of South Florida’s most progressive city, the District includes more than 20 distinct and distinguished cultural destinations that form a defining industry cluster. The A&E District enhances the appeal of West Palm Beach as a visitor destination, drawing attention to its status as a vibrant city illuminated by its beauty and range of creative expression.
Cultural venues in or near West Palm Beach:
- Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
- Armory Art Center
- Arthur R. Marshall Foundation
- Artists’ Showcase of the Palm Beaches
- Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre (Lake Park)
- Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center (Belle Glade)
- Harriet Himmet Theater for Cultural & Performing Arts
- Jazz Arts Music Society
- Kravis Center
- McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary
- Meyer Amphitheater
- Mounts Botanical Garden
- Northwood University (Jeannette Hare Art Gallery)
- Norton Museum of Art
- Palm Beach Atlantic University
- Historical Society of Palm Beach County
- Palm Beach Dramaworks
- Palm Beach Opera
- Palm Beach Photographic Centre
- Palm Beach Pops
- Palm Beach Zoo
- South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
- Women of Note
- Young Singers of the Palm Beaches