With a diverse exhibition schedule, dynamic event calendar, and comprehensive educational programming, you will find Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College is truly more than an art museum.

One of the Top 10 Art Museums in Florida

Don’t let Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College'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.

The Shop at Polk Museum of Art
The Shop at Polk Museum of Art

The Shop

Located just inside the Hollis Gallery at the entrance to Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, The Shop at PMoA features a multitude of unique gift items including art, books, ceramics, children's items, jewelry and more.

Art-o-Mat Machine

One of our favorite pastimes when visiting the museum is purchasing orginal art from the Art-o-Mats. Once old cigarette machines, the now pack-free devices distribute original artworks in exchange for a special token, which can be purchased at inside The Shop.

Free Family Fun Workshops

Vacations are all about having fun and learning, and when you can do that for free, well, you simply must. The first Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m., workshops are led by experienced art educators and give you and your family the opportunity to create your own artwork together. Admission to the museum is free every day.

The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays – and hours of operation vary by season, so be sure to plan ahead.

Polk Museum of Art
Polk Museum of Art

Things To Do Near Polk Museum of Art

Mister Fish – They've been doing fish sandwiches the right way in the Lakeland, FL area since 1968.

Red Door Lakeland - Eclectic wine bar and restaurant is across the street from the museum and offers a seasonal New American menu, plus craft beer and live music. Red Door has indoor and outdoor patio seating.

Lake Morton - This is the best lake to admire Lakeland’s world famous swans, as well as Ibis, wood storks, egrets, herons and ducks. They also have covered seating areas where you can eat a packed lunch or your meal from Mister Fish or Red Door.

Lakeland Public Library – Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College conveniently shares a parking lot with the Lakeland Public Library, so you can grab a movie or book to further entertain you while you are visiting Central Florida.

You may also be interested in Red Door LakelandRed Door Lakeland, Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille or Lakeland.

Address / Location

800 E Palmetto St
Lakeland, FL 33801
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Contact Info

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info@PolkMuseumofArt.org
863-688-7743

Hours of Operation

Seasonal Hours June - August.
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Seasonal Hours September - May
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

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In The Way of the Equine, Bill Schaaf explores equine imagery through paintings and sculpture.

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Degas Exhibit Coming to Polk Museum of Art

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Reviews

5 Star Rating

Great display of pottery and artifacts from the natives from that area as well as modern art. Small enough to see the entire museum without tiring. Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

This is a lovely place to visit. Much nicer than expected. The admission is free and the location near the main lake downtown is very interesting and inviting. Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

I drove here from Clearwater to see the Chagall exhibit. What a surprise! A Degas exhibit as well! The museum is a real find and I will continue to watch for their new exhibits. The gift shop was... Read Full Review

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