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Polk Museum of Art

800 E Palmetto St, Lakeland, FL 33801-5529
+1 863-688-7743
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Small, little known, and thoroughly excellent

This little museum in Lakeland is a hidden gem. Well organized, and absolutely free, it exhibits an... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2017
Milos_Hrma
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Tampa, Florida
Wonderful! Enjoyed the art!

This small art museum is free to visit, and the art work on display was wonderful! The staff was... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
DeeLovingLife
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Savannah, Georgia
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Polk Museum of Art With a diverse exhibition schedule, dynamic event calendar, and comprehensive educational programming, you will find Polk Museum of Art is truly more than an art museum. Don’t let the Polk Museum of Art’s free price tag fool you. Named as one of the Top 10 art museums in Florida and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, this Central Florida museum features an extensive permanent collection of contemporary and modern art, as well as an impressive array of Pre-Columbian, Asian, European and American Decorative Arts. Come back each time you visit Central Florida. Around 20 exhibitions rotate throughout its nine galleries each year, and it remains home to rare 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints, as well as ceramic plates made by Pablo Picasso that still bear his masterful tomato-sauce stains. There is even an outdoor garden, which showcases permanent sculptures.
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800 E Palmetto St, Lakeland, FL 33801-5529
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Reviewed 22 July 2017

This little museum in Lakeland is a hidden gem. Well organized, and absolutely free, it exhibits an often surprising combination of local and classical art. They even have a patio with a few pieces and a small store. Attendants are polite to a fault, and...More

1  Thank Milos_Hrma
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Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

This small art museum is free to visit, and the art work on display was wonderful! The staff was friendly, and several offered to take a family photo for us with our camera for a keepsake (which was very thoughtful and appreciated). Lakeland is a...More

1  Thank DeeLovingLife
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Reviewed 2 May 2017

Always a pleasant visit. Great works of art , great discussions , children activities, nice open spaces to view the art. Visiting art and displays rotate often. Worth a visit for yourself. Also shares the parking lot with the Lakeland Library. Win, win.

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Reviewed 8 March 2017

We travel a lot and always take in a museum or two. The Polk is one of our favorites. The exhibit selection is wonderful and very nicely displayed.

1  Thank Smoke_Eater3
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

Free enterance or give a donation. Cute to spend about an hour or two depending if you like to see art. They have a small gift shop as well.

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Reviewed 14 February 2017

There are so many things going on at the museum: gallery art, lectures, etc. Lots to do and see and we are so fortunate to have the museum in Lakeland

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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Free entry with some good exhibitions. Well worth a visit. Staff very helpful. Check out photo exhibition on top floor and outside sculptures. Also great to see local school work exhibited.

1  Thank Wardy728
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

Quite a selection of artists and different styles. We loved the upstairs world income art. Puts things into perspective. Best of all, it is free.

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Reviewed 12 June 2016

The Polk Museum of Art offers a great collection of art exhibits, as well as exhibits that document American culture. The staff is very friendly and the building is well kept. I thoroughly enjoyed walking through this beautiful museum.

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Reviewed 29 April 2016

I love coming here, as a local I love to see the local art that they have on display. It may be small but there is plenty here for everyone to see.

Thank Veovis30
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