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Polk Museum of Art

800 E Palmetto St, Lakeland, FL 33801-5529
+1 863-688-7743
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Passing through town

I was in town from Phoenix, AZ for my college reunion, so I came by on a Sunday. Free admission... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2016
Stuart B
Phoenix, Arizona
Always interesting shows at this free museum

We are never disappointed when visting. Provocative, interesting art work. Large galleries... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2016
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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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
+1 863-688-7743
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Reviewed 22 March 2016

I was in town from Phoenix, AZ for my college reunion, so I came by on a Sunday. Free admission, they accept donations, staff were very cordial and the art on display was for me, very interesting. Worth you time for sure.

2  Thank Stuart B
Reviewed 14 March 2016

We are never disappointed when visting. Provocative, interesting art work. Large galleries, outdoor sculpture garden, free parking.

Thank Pnemiller
Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

It took us about an hour or so to your the two story museum. Loved the Marylin Monroe gold displays and what people eat in other countries comparison display. Intresting and worth walking through and reading in its entirety. Did not care for the others...More

1  Thank Zealouzone
Reviewed 18 February 2016

This is a lovely small art museum. Although they always have specific exhibits our favorite part of our visit is the art of the local students. There is always an outstanding exhibit of student art. Also their museum shop is the best, bar none.

1  Thank Carol M
Reviewed 14 February 2016

When we visited the Polk Museum, the main shows in the gallery were not especially interesting to us, so this meant we were not inclined to stay very long. This is not a criticism of the Polk Museum; it just happened that what they were...More

Thank RiderGlen
Reviewed 11 December 2015

If you appreciate art, make sure to go to this art museum if you are in Lakeland. We really enjoyed the variety of artwork and the beautiful space to view it. It's convenient from downtown and just adjacent to the lovely public library. Even an...More

Thank MetalRabbit
Reviewed 29 October 2015

I have been visiting this museum since it was housed in an old supermarket building. It is the place where I discovered Ansel Adams' photos, Rauschenberg's collage paintings and Calder's mobiles. As for size it's small considering the size of some of the exhibits they...More

Thank J.C. C
Reviewed 1 August 2015

I had been wanting to visit this museum for a few years and we finally set aside an afternoon to do it. An hour or two is all you need and it is well worth your time. Hard to believe that it is also free!...More

Thank radalady
Reviewed 9 July 2015

It is a small good museum in the downtown, may not have greatest of collections but still since it is free it is worth going.

Thank Purnesh S
Reviewed 1 July 2015

They have rotating exhibits throughout the year geared to different age levels. We took our grandsons to a skateboard art exhibit. It was fascinating. They have a wonderful museum store as well.

Thank Kathy S
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