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 the 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, jewelry, ceramics, glass, books, children’s items 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 The Shop at PMoA.

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 Wine Market - Homey wine bar featuring an eclectic, seasonal New American menu, plus craft beer & 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 Wine Market, Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille or Lakeland.

Address / Location

800 E Palmetto St
Lakeland, FL 33801
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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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Monthly in-depth guided walk through the museum galleries with Curator and Director of Galleries & Exhibitions.


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3 Star Rating

While reviewing their website, I decided to go check this place out. Not big on looking at paintings but they advertised an exhibit of people/families around the world showing photo's of their homes... Read Full Review

4 Star Rating

We went last week because we’ve heard a lot about this place and wanted to see for ourselves. The place was a treasure trove and we loved looking around at all they had exhibited. A wonderful day out. Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

I had low expectations. It's free! The Chagall (Chagall!) spilled us into Romaine Brooks' and another Paris. While these were temporary they show the taste and caliber of what could be there when you... Read Full Review

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