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Polk County Historical Museum

100 E Main St, Bartow, FL 33830-4629
+1 863-534-7546
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Hidden gem!

Have been travelling to Florida for many years and have never come across this gem. Wonderful... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cath A
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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
Polk County Museum Visit

It is interesting and free. There are a lot of exhibits like WW I and WW II, women in the early 20... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2018
Javier117
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Miami, Florida
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The Polk County Historical Museum collection includes natural and cultural objects related to Polk County and the greater Central Florida area that represent our history from pre-Columbian to present day eras. The artifacts on display at the Museum represent individuals, cultural groups, and events significant to the region. Some artifacts include: Fossils Hand-made Personal Objects Clothing Art Tools Agricultural Equipment Military Objects Communication Objects Household and Science Objects Admission is Free.
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100 E Main St, Bartow, FL 33830-4629
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been travelling to Florida for many years and have never come across this gem. Wonderful building well presented exhibits and very informative staff. We will be back to sample their special events.

Thank Cath A
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Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

It is interesting and free. There are a lot of exhibits like WW I and WW II, women in the early 20 th century, an interactive area for kids as well. The building is worth checking too. Then take a walk in downtown Bartow.

Thank Javier117
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

This museum is in a beautiful old courthouse The building is beautiful. There are so many displays and rooms to check out. From animals to Publix, they have a little bit of everything. You'll enjoy it and it's free!

Thank Lisa C
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

I was really surprised how much history of Florida, USA and the World was found in this Museum. Lots of authentic pieces of history that almost “speak”to you. Very comfortable venue, with lots of space in a historical building. Very well thought out displays. Well...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2017

My wife and I are recently retired and beginning to enjoy local culture which we were too busy or too tired to enjoy in the past. We visited this museum based on their website claiming that they could give info on many other local places....More

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Reviewed 3 June 2017

This museum located in the 1908 courthouse is impressive with both permanent and temporary exhibits that cover the rich history of Polk County. The courthouse alone is worth a visit! A genealogy library is also housed in the building.

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Reviewed 22 April 2017

Interesting museum, but a lot of the activities in the children's interactive section was not working.

Thank Carol H
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Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

I really appreciated to scope of exhibits. While some like the local photography are temporary, we found all to be fascinating. Some place every Polk county resident should visit.

Thank Heather E
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

We came to Bartow to take in the annual Arts Festival on this beautiful March 4, 2017 day and noticed this grand old building that was open to the public for self guided tours so we decided to add it to our tour of the...More

Thank Jim H
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

Best county-run museum I've ever been. Something for everyone. Immaculate display and overall cleanliness. Rare items, like Nazi trophies of war, Seminole War era firearms, original Confederate officer commissions. Other rare items. The old courthouse which houses the museum is a treasure in and of...More

1  Thank Noah G
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