The culture of philanthropy founded during America's Gilded Age has made museums, libraries, universities, and other nonprofit corporations an essential and unique feature of American culture. When asked if the idea of creating the Standard Oil joint-stock corporation was his, John D. Rockefeller remarked, "I wish I'd had the brains to think of it. It was Henry Flagler." A key figure in the evolution of the American corporation as we know it today, Flagler's innovative ideas for structuring Standard Oil made multi-state corporations a reality and made Standard Oil the most profitable corporation in history.

In addition to helping build Standard Oil, Flagler literally invented modern Florida. Through Flagler's efforts, tourism and agriculture became the foundation blocks of Florida's economy. Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway — and the luxury hotels he built along the way — eventually linked the entire east coast of Florida from St. Augustine to Key West, establishing Daytona, Palm Beach, Miami, and many other cities along the length of Florida's east coast. Flagler's philanthropy is most obvious in Florida where he established at least 10 churches, three hospitals, and the public works systems for four cities.

In 1902, Flagler built his Gilded Age estate, Whitehall, in Palm Beach. Today, Whitehall is preserved as the Flagler Museum, a nonprofit corporation that has provided unique educational experiences for millions of people since it opened in 1960.

By joining the Museum as a Corporate Member, not only will you be able to enjoy visiting the Museum and participate in its vast array of programs, but you will also play an important role in preserving this National Historic Landmark and continuing the legacy of corporate philanthropy created during America's Gilded Age. 


Corporate Membership Levels

The Chairman Membership is designed for those seeking to host a luxury event at the Flagler Museum. With exclusive access, a stunning museum setting, and breathtaking views of the West Palm Beach skyline, the Flagler Museum is an ideal location for a special corporate occasion. You are sure to impress and inspire your associates with an evening at the Flagler Museum! Click here to visit the Corporate Events page.

The Executive Membership is designed for those who want to engage with the arts and culture community through unique educational experiences and one-of-a-kind programming. Share the spirit and encourage your staff by hosting a professional development meeting in the Boardroom, gift individual memberships as incentive prizes, and provide guest passes to promising employees so they can see for themselves the home of one of history's greatest captains of industry.

Below, you will find detailed benefits of the two levels of Corporate Memberships. Memberships may be processed online, by mail, or over the phone using a credit card. For additional information, please contact the Membership Department by calling (561) 655-2833 ext. 12.

Note: To purchase a Membership through our online Store, you must first create an account and then follow the instructions sent to you via email to confirm the account. Once confirmed, you may then proceed with your Membership purchase.

Click here to create your online account now (a valid email address is required).

Chairman $10,000

Chairman benefits include:

  • The privilege of reserving a date for one event at the Flagler Museum for a Member Event for up to 250 guests*

  • The privilege of reserving the Boardroom Suite for one meeting (maximum of 20 guests)*

  • 50 guest passes

  • Corporate name recognition in annual Museum publications

*Subject to Member Event guidelines, fees and availability.

Executive $5,000

Executive benefits include:

  • The privilege of reserving the Boardroom Suite for one meeting (maximum of 20 guests)*

  • Four Individual Memberships to gift employees (expiration date concurrent with primary Membership)

  • 25 guest passes

  • Corporate name recognition in annual Museum publications

  • Sponsorship acknowledgment for one of the following rooms:

   - Grand Hall

   - Railcar No. 91

*Subject to Member Event guidelines, fees and availability)

Purchase a Corporate Membership

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Related pages

Go to Host an Event page

Go to Individual Membership page


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Boardroom Suite at the Flagler Museum