Starting with the purchase of the 160-acre Burt Reynolds Ranch over thirty years ago Mr. Reynolds has given a huge amount of time and energy to develop educational and entertainment venues in our community. To this end he created The Burt Reynolds Institute where post-graduate courses in theater were taught by Mr. Reynolds, Charles Nelson Reilly and other Hollywood celebrities.
The Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater and The Backstage Restaurant featured international entertainers who, at Mr. Reynolds' invitation, performed for our community. The Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater was one of the most renowned cultural centers in South Florida, and more celebrities performed on its stage than any other art venue in Palm Beach County at that time. The dinner theater was but one of the many contributions Mr. Reynolds made to our Town, County and State. His film, television, education and sport contributions had a profound impact on our history.
The Burt Reynolds Museum Inc., a non-profit corporation, was formed on February 26, 1999 and declared a 501c3 non-profit corporation by the IRS on March 1, 2000. On May 4, 1999 Jupiter's Mayor and members of the Jupiter Town Council passed resolution 57-99 supporting the creation of the museum and on November 6, 2001 the Council voted unanimously to provide the ground floor of the old First Union Bank building on US1 and Indiantown Road as a temporary location for the museum. After a year of work by volunteers, craftsmen, and $300,000 in contributions, the museum opened February 9th, 2003 with 2,500 people attending the opening. Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum is the largest celebrity museum in Florida. Its glistening chandeliers, mirrored cases and theatrical lighting create a magical atmosphere.
The Burt Reynolds Institute is a not-for-profit organization. Our many programs include classes in acting and film-making as well as lectures by experts in the film industry and even celebrities. For more information or to be added to our mailing list, please call 561-746-9955, or send an email.