Museum sights in Palm Beach
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The resplendent Henry Morrison Flagler Museum housed in the railroad magnate's winter estate, Whitehall Mansion. Admission includes the house, special exhibits, Flagler's personal train car and an excellent acoustic guide. Call about afternoon tea ($18), served during winter in the lovely glassed-in pavilion.
The only true museum on Palm Beach is probably the county's most fascinating. Housed in the spectacular 1902 mansion built by Henry Flagler as a gift for his bride, Mary Lily Keenan, the beaux arts–styled Whitehall Mansion is beyond belief. Built in 18 months, the elaborate 55-room palace was the first residential home to feature both a heating system and an air-con system; features pink aluminum-leaf wallpaper (more expensive, at the time, than gold); impresses with a 4750-sq-ft Grand Hall, the largest single room of any gilded-age private residence; and sports a drool-worthy billiards room. Don't expect many details about Flagler the Railroad Mogul, however, as the…