Palm Beach is a luxurious city filled with stunning sandy beaches and beautifully polished greenery, but there’s more to this tropical oasis than meets the eye. The gorgeous city and surrounding area is loaded with distinctive galleries and museums that serve as unique event venues. Whether you’re throwing a lavish birthday bash, an intimate wedding reception, or an extravagant fundraising gala, your special occasion deserves a special setting. We’ve mapped out inspired landmarks in Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and other surrounding cities that will be sure to add a wow factor to any event.
Built in the 1920s, The Addison is a premier Florida venue with historic value and incredible architecture. The Addison buildings boast an array of unique and elegant indoor and outdoor spaces, guaranteed to provide the perfect setting for any occasion. As guests enter the grand Main Dining Room, they are transported to the glamorous roaring twenties through black iron chandeliers, classic checkered floors, and deluxe doorways. The Mizner Ballroom caters to those with more modern tastes through its classy design and advanced AV technology. The ballroom at The Addison implements impressive barn entrance doors with newly renovated wood floors and pecky cypress ceiling beams that add dimension. Surrounded by heavenly banyan trees, The Courtyard wows as one of The Addison’s private outdoor spaces. The whimsical setting is accentuated with a magnificent fountain at its focal point, and creates a picture perfect backdrop for a beautiful ceremony or an enchanted reception. Other incredible event spots at The Addison include the Solano Ballroom & Lounge, the intimate Adios Room & Terrace, the Fountain Room, and the Banyan Ballroom.
Capacity: 240 (Seated) – 300 (Standing)
The Kravis Center
West Palm Beach
The Kravis Center has been Palm Beach County’s major performing arts center since its grand opening in September of 1992. The gorgeously structured facility hosts a wide range of talented artists, as well as prominent opera, orchestra, ballet, and theater spectacles. About a decade after its original debut, the center opened the Cohen Pavilion, which stands as an adaptable venue with a lot of character. The space stuns with a variety of rooms ranging from the lavish Gimelstob Ballroom that can accommodate over 700 guests, to cozier spots for modest gatherings and meetings within the Weiner Banquet Center. The Gimelstob Ballroom is embellished with wall sconces, elegant chandeliers, and 18-foot ceilings with a 21-foot cove. Your guests can dance the night away, thanks to an adjustable dance floor and a midnight black, skirted stage. Food services at the Cohen Pavilion are executed by Catering by The Breakers, ensuring event meals will be as exquisite as the venue itself. The Kravis Center is an amazing setting for a standout Bar or Bat Mitzvah, a unique business conference, or a grand milestone birthday celebration.
Capacity: 700 (Seated)
Old School Square Cultural Arts Center
The Old School Square Cultural Arts Center is an incredibly unique venue, teeming in history and superb vintage detail. In the early 1900s, the center’s buildings were home to Delray Elementary School and Delray High School. Palm Beach County residents rallied to save the structures from demolition in the 1980s, and they eventually became the Old School Square Cultural Arts Center’s many venues. The Fieldhouse is a wonderfully restored gymnasium that serves as a shabby chic space for hosts seeking an artistic and cultural event setting. The center is meticulously detailed, down to the renovation of its old locker rooms into gorgeous venue restrooms. With high ceilings, a loft for additional event space, glossy wood floors, and a uniform of elevated windows that provide the perfect ray of natural light, this room can transform into a dream wedding reception space, an eclectic dance hall, or an inspired trade show location. The historic facility also offers an outdoor venue space, The Loggia, which, integrates a red brick walkway with a lovely white ceiling and harmonized rows of arched column openings. Perfect for an outdoor ceremony, the space seats up to 175 guests comfortably with room for a center aisle that can be splendidly accentuated with greenery and delicate florals. Located in the Crest Theatre building, the Ocean Breeze Room is perfect for a business meeting, with a complimentary overhead projector, sound system, and screen. The Old School Square Cultural Arts Center has event spaces as versatile and decadent as its prominent historic value.
The Fieldhouse Capacity: 225 (Seated) – 300 (Standing)
The Loggia Capacity: 175 (Seated)
Ocean Breeze Room: 60 (Seated) – 100 (Standing)
West Palm Beach
Sitting directly beside beautiful Intercostal Waterways, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens contain two acres of luscious tropical vegetation that highlight the work and previous home of the late sculptor Ann Weaver Norton. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the site doubles as an extremely special and versatile outdoor event venue. The gardens are a beautiful Floridian jungle,, with over 250 rare tropical plant species. The first third of the breathtaking gardens holds Ann Norton’s former home from 1925, which boasts coquina pathways, wood ceilings, and fabulous water views. This space is the perfect spot for a luminous evening tent party, embellished with string lights and floral draping for extra enchantment. As the event unfolds, guests can wander through the rest of the gardens, which progressively increase in dense, untamed vegetation. By the time the final stretch of garden is reached, visitors are transported into a whimsical, jungle-like world, where they can stumble upon Ann Norton’s sculptures by surprise while making their way through a thick display of intense palms and greenery. This tropical enclosure serves as a remarkable photo backdrop and an even more incredible setting to experience in person.
Capacity: 160 (Seated) – 200 (Standing)
West Palm Beach
The Palm Beach Zoo is home to over 500 animals and 23 enticing acres of forest-like greenery – and it could play host to your next special event. The zoo hosts 300,000 visitors each year, but the landmark is more than just an economic asset to the county. The Palm Beach Zoo hosts exciting birthday parties in which children and adults alike can enjoy special animal encounters and roam the stimulating property with seemingly endless creatures to awe over. The Tropics Café is the perfect place for a company event for those who want the feel of a tropical destination without the travel. TIki torches, luscious greenery, and excellent catering services will provide a delightful and unique experience for corporate gatherings. For hosts with a wild side, the Palm Beach Zoo provides an incredible setting for weddings and even Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Celebrate with the help of the zoo’s excellent staff and in-house catering, and allow the property’s 30-foot fountains to create a truly breathtaking background for your ceremony or service. Cocktail hour entertainment is taken care of at the Palm Beach Zoo, as guests can enjoy the zoo grounds and meet animals such as Wilber the sloth as they await the rest of the evening festivities. Former hosts have celebrated the end to a fantastic evening by running through the glorious fountains as their special occasion came to a close.
Capacity: 300 (Seated)
The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach is a venue space like no other. The cultural landmark provides visitors with traditional Japanese festivities, educational museum displays, and artistic experiences native to Japan. Since its opening in 1977, the site has continually wowed guests with its 16 acres of awe-inspiring gardens, filled with bonsai shrubs, glistening lakes, and delightful koi fish. The naturalistic beauty of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens transmits throughout the premises, leaving little need for excess event décor to stun guests. Party hosts praise the incredible in-house event planner and impeccable service that take care of every last detail, ensuring hosts can enjoy the tranquil and serene environment without any worries in the hours leading up to their event. Enjoy a lakeside dinner party catered by the museum’s amazing Cornell Café at sunset, a sushi filled cocktail hour on the terrace, or an extravagant tented party with live music and dancing. The venue’s picture perfect scenery, phenomenal staff, and exceptional food will make for a flawless event.
Capacity: 150 (Seated with Dancing) – 180 (Seated without Dancing) – 300 (Standing)
One of South Florida’s exquisite cultural galleries, the Boca Museum of Art, contains sophisticated venue spaces with a modern edge. The museum is a beloved gem in Palm Beach County, bringing diverse and scholarly exhibits, collections, and special events to the area’s residents and visitors. The Boca Museum of Art is home to over 5,000 works of art that add both a memorable backdrop to events as well as an interesting, international element guests can admire and explore. As visitors walk into the museum’s largest event area, The Grand Hall, they will be in awe of its high vaulted ceilings, glossy wood floors, and beautiful architectural depth. The hall is strategically framed with a large row of windows overlooking the museum’s striking portico on one side, and a bold and colorful 800 square foot mural by influential painter Al Held on the opposite. The Grand Hall has the perfect layout for a flashy corporate fashion show, and would set an inspired mood for a chic fundraising gala. As a more modest indoor alternative, the Auditorium is a splendid location to host a business meeting or lecture with the benefits of a museum setting that is both educational and fascinating. The Outdoor Sculpture Garden is a distinctive event space embellished with eye-catching eclectic structures and bright greenery. The Boca Museum of Art can host any occasion, ranging from an exclusive luncheon to a lavish holiday party and everything in between.
Grand Hall Capacity: 125 (Seated) – 200 (Standing)
Outdoor Sculpture Garden Capacity: 100 (Seated) – 200 ( Reception)
Entire Museum (First Floor): 300 (Seated) – 400 (Standing)
West Palm Beach
Founded in 1941, the Norton Museum of Art holds one of the most prestigious collections of artwork in Southern Florida, with over 7,600 incredible pieces amongst its culturally diverse galleries. The museum closed for renovation in 2013 and will be reopening in February 2019 with brand new facilities and marvelous, updated venue spaces. The gallery’s expansion will include 12,000 square feet of new gallery space and a cutting-edge auditorium, as well as a brand new restaurant, sculpture garden, great lawn, and more. The museum has numerous exquisite event spaces to choose from, including the Jane and Leonard Korman Room, which features a contemporary ceiling-light fixture surrounded by simple décor and neutral tones. The room can be dressed up with bright hues and bold design, or left simple with accentuating whites and modest embellishments. The Stiller Family Foundation Auditorium is another wonderful room that can be used as a venue itself or as additional event space. The Auditorium will have high-quality visual technology and comfortable seating for up to 205, perfect for meeting presentations or conference keynote speakers. The Gilbert and Maurer Lobby would serve as a trendy spot for a wedding cocktail hour, while the Ruth and Shapiro Great Hall would entertain a beautiful reception. The museum also offers a private dining room to rent out, or outdoor spaces such as the luscious Pamela and Robert B. Goergon Garden and McGaw Terrace, also known as the Museum Gardens, and the striking Heyman Plaza.
Jane and Leonard Korman Room Capacity: 150 (Seated) – 230 (Standing)
Gilbert and Ann Maurer Lobby Capacity: 50 (Seated) – 105 (Standing)
Ruth and Carl Shapiro Great Hall Capacity: 280 (Seated) – 400 (Standing)
Museum Gardens Capacity: 100 (Seated) – 350 (Standing)
Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Restaurant: 180 (Seated) – 270 (Standing)
Historic, luxurious, and astoundingly gorgeous, the Flagler Museum is a celebrated Palm Beach landmark dating back to 1902. After its original debut as the 75-bedroom home of Henry Flagler – a notable figure in corporate history as the brains behind Standard Oil – the incredible mansion was described by The New York Herald as “grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world.” Previously known as Whitehall, the Flagler Museum today is a National Historic Landmark that consistently amazes visitors with guided tours and special exhibits throughout the year. The estate’s grand size, remarkable architecture, and magnificent embellishments transport guests to the Gilded Age from the moment they step foot on the extraordinary property. The Grand Hall is an elegant foyer featuring stunning marble finishes and an ornate double staircase. Guests will be in awe over the space’s intricately painted dome ceiling and gold leaf accents as they take in the grandeur of the setting. The Grand Hall gives event attendees access to privately roam the historic first floor side rooms during a splendid cocktail hour. Another breathtaking setting, The Courtyard, is decorated in heavenly greenery with a 1902 replica of the Venus Fountain from the Boboli Gardens of Italy. Among other venue spaces is the Flagler Kenan Pavilion, which boasts beautifully polished floors, striking columns, and charming views of Lake Worth through high arched windows. Visitors will take a step back in time as they bask in the Pavilion’s monumental size and astounding detail. Other event locations include the beautiful West Room, Lake Room and adjoining Lake Terrace, the tropical Cocoanut Grove, and the intimate Boardroom Suite. Any event that takes place in the Flagler Museum, regardless of size or occasion, is guaranteed to be absolutely incredible.
Grand Hall Capacity: 300 (Standing)
Courtyard Capacity: 80 (Standing)
West Room & Lake Room Capacity: 275 (Seated with Dancing) – 325 (Seated without Dancing) – 300 (Standing)
Cocoanut Grove Capacity: 300 (Standing)
Flagler Kenan Pavilion: 200 (Seated with Dancing) – 250 (Seated without Dancing) – 300 (Standing)
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