The Palm Beach Maritime Museum (PBMM) is a non-profit organization funded through public and private grants as well as a variety of charitable contributions that include real estate, personal property, such as yachts, vehicles, and private and public corporate stock. PBMM is a 501(c)(3) educational organization with a school exemption, which focuses on maritime history and the marine environment. The PBMM evolved from its precursor, the Ocean Learning Institute which was founded by John C. Grant in 1974. The name change in 1992 reflects the expanded purpose of the organization, the establishment of a maritime museum with a comprehensive presentation of maritime history and technology focusing on the Straits of Florida and the Caribbean Basin. The main mission of our museum is to work in close coordination with museum sponsored formal education programs providing enhancement of those programs with interactive exhibits, significant artifacts, displays and simulation. Equally important is providing rich and rewarding educational experiences for the general public.
The PBMM operates two public facilities: the Lake Worth Lagoon Education Center, with exhibits, docks for a ferry boat and in water exhibits at Currie Park, on North Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach and on Peanut Island where the museum’s property of about 5 acres contains the historic ready boat. Boathouse and Coast Guard Station and the fascinating and internationally important Cold War artifact, the President John F. Kennedy bomb shelter available to him and his entourage during the Cuban Missile Crisis. PBMM also oversees the grounds and the deep-water docks that are part of its long-term lease with the Port of Palm Beach. The Coast Guard Station restoration was achieved partly through grants from the State of Florida Bureau of Historic Preservation and Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND). The Currie Park museum building and docks were built by the museum with partial support by grants from FIND.
Under its umbrella, the PBMM established the Palm Beach Maritime Academy in 1999, a K-8 tuition free public charter school. Over the past 13 years the Academy, now located at 1518 W. Lantana Road in Lantana, Florida, is an A-Rated School with approximately 750 students and has been designated a “High Performing Charter School” by the Florida Department of Education. For an application, please call 561-547-3775. The school maintains an office on the Intracoastal Waterway at 45th Street in West Palm Beach in close proximity to Peanut Island. The Academy’s theme is maritime with emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). Foreign language, computer classes, character education and life skills are an integral part of its curriculum as well.
The Palm Beach Maritime Museum and Academy would like you to consider a philanthropic gift to its organization. Along with cash, the fair market value of your boat, automobile, real estate, corporate stock or other personal property, is deductible for Federal tax purposes based on a professional appraisal of the donated property to the extent provided by law.
Palm Beach Maritime Museum, INC. is a charitable organization registered with the State of Florida. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION #CH5619 AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE (800) 435-7352. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. PALM BEACH MARITIME MUSEUM, INC. IS AN IRS 501(c)(3) TAX EXEMPT ORGANIZATION AND COMPLIES WITH ALL LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICIES.