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Polk Museum of Art

800 E Palmetto St, Lakeland, FL 33801-5529
+1 863-688-7743
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We returned after 6 years and its still a great museum with some very nice exhibits. This time it... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
cordyroy
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Naples, Florida
Wow - great FREE museum with quality art

We were using this for afternoon outing and/or rain day visit. This museum was great. Quality art... read more

Reviewed 21 May 2018
Elizabeth F
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Houston, Texas
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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800 E Palmetto St, Lakeland, FL 33801-5529
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We returned after 6 years and its still a great museum with some very nice exhibits. This time it was Goya/Picasso works having to do with bull fighting. Upstairs is "Hungry Planet and Material World", a fascinating photo exhibit of families around the world with...More

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Reviewed 21 May 2018

We were using this for afternoon outing and/or rain day visit. This museum was great. Quality art work. They had a great exhibit on the lower floor of Spanish artists. I have never seen so many Goya sketches in one place. They had a few...More

Thank Elizabeth F
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Diana12smith, Membership and Marketing Manager at Polk Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

Thank you for your review! We have a book in The Shop on Hungry Planet/ Material World as well. Come back!

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Hard to beat free admission and yet there is no skimping on what they offer in art to view. I love buying art supplies from them as they carry items I can’t find anywhere else. Everyone is so nice! They keep adding more services and...More

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Diana12smith, Membership and Marketing Manager at Polk Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

When visiting Frank Lloyd Wright collection of 18 college buildings in Florida Southern College we discovered this hidden gem. There were five worthwhile shows of Renoir’s lithographs, local students’ art work, Hudson River School paintings and a special show of family photos from Mali to...More

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Diana12smith, Membership and Marketing Manager at Polk Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

The Polk Museum of Art relies primarily on traveling art exhibits. You won't find a Picasso or Monet . . . well not ususally, but the changing art every few months makes every visit a treat. And it's always free. The museum is now associated...More

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Diana12smith, Membership and Marketing Manager at Polk Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

A very nice collection. Various styles with changing exhibits. On the day we were there they had an exhibition of Renoir. Be sure to go to the second floor to see the exhibit of peoples of the world.

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Diana12smith, Manager at Polk Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Thank you for the review! We're so glad you enjoyed visitng. Come back often.

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

it's a nice art museum to visit here in Lakeland.. The exhibits change so more than one visit is nice...local restaurants to visit to top off your day

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Diana12smith, Manager at Polk Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Thanks for the review! Come back often!

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

If you are looking for an outing for the whole family then PMOA is the place to go. Admission is free thanks to a generous benefactor. There is a student gallery that showcases the artwork K-12 of the students of Polk County schools. In the...More

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Diana12smith, Membership and Marketing Manager at Polk Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

Thank you!

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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Don’t miss the Polk Museum of art and their incredible ongoing and ever changing children/student exhibit. With input from Polk County Public Schools this venue is a joy for all. Other claims to fame are part of the mueum’s draw, but second to none the...More

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Diana12smith, Membership and Marketing Manager at Polk Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

Thank you!!

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Reviewed 20 October 2017

I would say that 2 1/2 hours is enough time here. There are traveling chi it's which is very good. They have a room dedicated to children K thru 2nd grade. I could have never produced art this good at that age. The museum is...More

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Diana12smith, Membership and Marketing Manager at Polk Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

Thank you for your review!

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