Sculpture Garden

In 2019, the Norton transformed 20,000 square feet of parking lot into a 37,200-square-foot garden, a major step in realizing architect Lord Norman Foster’s vision for “a museum in a garden.” The lush sub-tropical garden thrives on the south and east sides of the Museum, with outdoor sculptures on view throughout by artists including Keith Haring, Antony Gormley, Jenny Holzer, Franz West, Fernand Léger, Paul Manship, Ugo Rondinone, Joel Shapiro, and others. Many of these sculptures are recent gifts to the Norton, with a significant group generously donated by Pamela and Robert B. Goergen in 2018.

The garden exploits South Florida’s subtropical climate and outdoor lifestyle to create an extension of traditional gallery spaces via “garden rooms” that are proportioned and aligned with the strong axis of the original 1941 gallery design and brought to life by the movement of the plantings and the play of shadows.

A rich layering of plants and trees creates a backdrop for displaying sculptural works. The introduction of mature trees creates instant shade that allows a rich mix of plants to thrive and form a cooling micro-climate for visitor comfort. Contrasting leaf sizes and shapes are accented with bright, tropical red and orange flowers such as Bird of Paradise and Heliconia. White-blooming flowers such as Jasmine, Plumeria, and Brugmansia provide attractive floral scents and visual interest in the cooler evenings for outdoor functions and events. Native trees attract birds and butterflies such as the Mangrove Skipper and Baltimore Oriole, providing visitors of all ages with educational and recreational opportunities.

CDC COVID-19 Community Level for Palm Beach County: HIGH

Current Health and Safety Policies:


The CDC’s COVID-19 Community Level for Palm Beach County is currently High. In response to this, the following general policies are in effect at the Norton: 

  • Masks are mandatory indoors throughout the Museum campus (ages 2+), regardless of negative tests or vaccination status, except while eating or drinking. Masks are provided upon request. 

  • Temperature taking is required upon entering the Museum. Visitors with a temperature of 100.4 F or above will not be admitted. 

  • Capacities will be limited for the Museum and in certain indoor event spaces. Guests are encouraged to reserve admission online in advance.

  • Guests are encouraged to practice social distancing, maintaining 6 feet of space from others. 

  • For the safety of all visitors and the Museum’s staff and volunteers, the Norton encourages visitors to get vaccinated and boosted in accordance with CDC guidance, though this is not required for admission. 

Please note that the Norton’s COVID-19 policies remain subject to change as circumstances evolve. Visit for the most up-to-date information. 

The Museum will continue to conduct heightened cleaning and sanitation and will continue to provide mask to visitors who request them.

These policies are informed by guidance and recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other authoritative or controlling government-issued health standards 

For the most up-to-date information from the CDC, click here. 

View daily updates on the CDC's COVID Data Tracker here.

If you are unable to visit us in person, please visit The Norton Channel for a wide range of virtual resources, activities, and programs. 

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The health and safety of our guests is a top priority for the Norton Museum of Art.