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Palm Beach Maritime Museum

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Address: Peanut Island, West Palm Beach, FL
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+1 561-540-5147

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Needs updating, but worth going for rest of Peanut Island

The Maritime Museum itself if disappointing. It really is a mish mash of things, with no order or history. There are two buildings and the JFK bunker. The welcome center could be... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2017
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

The Maritime Museum itself if disappointing. It really is a mish mash of things, with no order or history. There are two buildings and the JFK bunker. The welcome center could be a lot more welcoming, though the personnel working there were friendly and helpful. The exhibits were few and disjointed. The large building housing the coast guard museum was... More 

Thank daylilly50
Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

BACKGROUND:: The Kennedys' link to West Palm Beach 1933-1995:: Designed by famed Florida architect Addison Misner in the 1920s & completed in 1928, the former Kennedy compound is located @ 1095 N Ocean Blvd. on Palm Beach Island, immediately across the Lake Worth Inlet from Peanut Island. The original property consisted of a Mediterranean-style house on an acre of land,... More 

1 Thank ChanEvan
Upland, California
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562 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

You'll need to get a boat ride over to Peanut Island or use a kayak. Once there, it's fifteen bucks to take the tour into the hastily constructed Kennedy bomb bunker from the Cuban Missile Crisis. You can also spend a little time in the Maritime Museum itself. Takes maybe a half hour to see the site. Can also swim... More 

Thank William D
Indialantic, Florida
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41 reviews
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Reviewed 27 August 2016

This was a really fun and interesting tour! Kat our tour guide was so laid back and fun. You can go right from the beach in your swimsuit or shorts, nothing stuffy here.

Thank Kelly T
West Palm Beach, Florida
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1,119 reviews
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

This small maritime museum is located within Curry Park and is very charming! I passed a number of times before I found it open, so be sure to check the hours for appropriate times to visit. Antique artifacts and photographs are interesting. The view of the water and docks from there is refreshing. Some drinks/snacks available.

1 Thank DoloresJacoby
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016

To call this a museum is kind of a slight to anyone who has ever curated a collection of knick-knacks at home. That's pretty much what this is. They have a few pictures on the wall of a terrible gift shop. There is absolutely nothing of value that can be gleaned from them. Of course, you could choose to take... More 

1 Thank katonajoey
Manasquan, New Jersey
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Reviewed 22 April 2016

Getting to Peanut Island is in itself a great day trip. We go over by Kayak from Phil Foster Park in Riviera Beach; but access is available via Water Taxi from West Palm Beach and there is dock space for private boats. If you go Thursday thru Sunday, in addition to enjoying this Island Park, you can gain insight into... More 

Thank Joseph L
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209 reviews
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Reviewed 28 March 2016

Get set for a mini- adventure. Take the water taxi- from the Palm Beach Marina to Peanut Island. YOU can spend the day there swimming an snorkeling or go touring. They tour , which cots $12 take you into the form US Coast Guard station with exhibits of the radio room,old uniforms, maps and memorabilia. \THe3 tour guide then take... More 

1 Thank Jeffrey M
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297 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Peanut Island and our tour of the JFK Bunker. A 10-minute on-demand water taxi ($10 round trip) will take you to the waterfront location of a decommissioned Coast Guard boathouse and barracks. Inside the boathouse there is history to absorb along with cold drinks, restrooms, covered porch and Adirondack chairs out front. The tour... More 

1 Thank Diane R
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Reviewed 3 September 2014 via mobile

This 600 sq ft museum is located in an old Harbor Masters office on the water in a great park. Its full of local Palm Beach Maritime history from 1900 to present. The museum is run by the PB Maritime Foundation that includes the famous and fun Peanut Island. It's full of pictures, artifacts and scale ship models plus the... More 

1 Thank Don L

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