The Lake Wales History Museum will give you the inside track on this area’s history and heritage through exhibits set inside a building built by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1928.

Train Depot Museum

Originally a train depot, the Lake Wales History Museum features exhibits beginning with the foundation of Lake Wales in 1911 as well as the formation of the city, industry, places of interest and developments in the 19th century that led to the settlement of the area.

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Museum Exhibits

Since the Central Florida History Museum opened in 1976, it has been a resource center for the public. It is a place where the public can enjoy educational programming, exhibits, and events that highlight the history of the area.

Lake Wales History Museum
Lake Wales History Museum

The Lake Wales History Museum includes both chronological and thematic exhibits. Chronological exhibits cover land development and the evolution of the city itself, while thematic exhibits highlight the cattle, citrus and turpentine industry, and tourism. 

Lake Wales History Museum
Lake Wales History Museum

The Train Master’s Desk

This original oversized train master’s desk overlooks the Florida Midland Railroad which currently serves more than 25 businesses delivering food-related products, chemicals, lumber, stone, building products, fertilizer, citrus juices, pumice, and limestone.

Lake Wales History Museum
Lake Wales History Museum

Prehistoric Canoe

One of the most beautiful pieces in the Lake Wales History Museum is a Prehistoric Dugout Indian Canoe. The 21-foot canoe was discovered in Lake Hancock in 1994. Carbon-dated by scientist at the University of Arizona, the Dugout Indian Canoe is more than 1,020 years old.

Lake Wales History Museum
Lake Wales History Museum

Gift Shop

The small gift shop features a variety of traditional museum offerings as well as a hats, bags, t-shirts and citrus label merchandise. 

Lake Wales History Museum
Lake Wales History Museum

Visit the Museum

Admission to the Museum is always free. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to speak with Bartholomew Delcamp, the museum’s curator. He is a wealth of knowledge and clearly enjoys telling the story of how Lake Wales came to be.

Address / Location

325 S Scenic Hwy
Lake Wales, FL 33853
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Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Trip Advisor Logo Reviews

4 Star Rating

We spent an interesting half hour in this museum looking at the history of Lake Wales and the Bok Tower. The price was right...FREE. Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

Exhibits change frequently. Hidden gem but a history buffs treasured place. Donations are welcomed. Train buffs enjoy walking thru the train cars. Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

There is no charge to gain entrance into this museum but a free will donation if you wish. My wife and I had no problem in making such a donation as we both enjoyed our visit here. It gives a good... Read Full Review

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