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Museums in Central Florida

Art, History & Aviation

At historic landmarks and museums in Central Florida, you can explore our rich history, exceptional art displays and aviation collections. From Smithsonian affiliate museums, like Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College in Lakeland to murals and local art found on area businesses and public spaces, Central Florida’s art scene is constantly growing.

Tour Local History

Explore our history when you visit Polk County History Center in Bartow and Lake Wales History Museum. Schedule a tour of L.B. Brown House Museum in Bartow, a house turned museum built by a former slave in 1892.

Aviation Museums

There are a number of aviation museums in Central Florida. Whether you’re visiting for SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo, a family vacation or weekend getaway, aviation enthusiasts will enjoy Florida Air Museum in Lakeland, Bartow Airbase History Museum in Bartow, and Fantasy of Flight in Polk City.

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L. B. Brown House Museum

Exterior of LB Brown House Museum and historical marker sign in Bartow, FL.

Former slave, L.B. Brown, built this house turned museum in 1892. Guided tours are held…

Address: 470 L.B. Brown Ave.
Bartow, FL 33830

Phone: (893) 944-6136

Mulberry Phosphate Museum

alligator skull on display at Mulberry Phosphate Museum

Home to an extensive collection of fossils, a phosphate industry gallery, old photographs and memorabilia…

Address: 101 SE 1st Street
Mulberry, FL 33860

Phone: (863) 425-2823

Polk Museum of Art

Male and female looking at art hanging in gallery at Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL

One of the top-ten art museums in Central Florida, featuring educational programs, diverse exhibits and…

Address: 800 E. Palmetto St.
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: (863) 688-7743 x223

Explorations V Children’s Museum

Child playing in costume and on stage at Explorations V Children's Museum in Lakeland, FL

A fun and educational children's museum that gives you a taste of what Lakeland is…

Address: 109 N Kentucky Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: (863) 687-3869

Lake Wales History Museum

2 females looking at exhibits inside Lake Wales History Museum

Featuring permanent exhibits from Lake Wales history, its industries, a railroad layout and caboose as…

Address: 325 S Scenic Highway
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: (863) 676-1759

Florida Air Museum

Multiple airplanes on display at Florida Air Museum in Lakeland, FL

Enjoy historic and informative displays, along with interactive learning stations and simulators for all ages.

Address: 4175 Medulla Rd
Lakeland, FL 33811

Phone: (863) 644-2431

Polk County History Center

3 women looking at citrus themed Polk County exhibits inside Polk County History Center in Bartow, FL

Housed in a 1908 courthouse, this museum showcases the history of Polk County. Galleries rotate…

Address: 100 E. Main St.
Bartow, FL 33830

Phone: (863) 534-4380

Margaret Kampsen Historic Depot

Margaret Kampsen Historic Depot

This train depot was the first on the Haines City to Sebring line of the…

Address: 202 E. Main St.
Dundee, FL 33838

Phone: (863) 419-3145

Fort Meade Historical Society & Museum

Fort Meade Historical Society & Museum

Housed in Fort Meade's first school building, the museum features an extensive collection of area…

Address: 1 N. Tecumseh Ave.
Fort Meade, FL 33841

Phone: (863) 285-7474

LEARN & DISCOVER

Carillon Tower at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales

Bok Tower Gardens

Historic Bok Tower Gardens, a national historic landmark, features two hiking trails, 50 acres of gardens, the 20-room Pinewood Estate…

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4 people inside Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, on the campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL

Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture at Florida Southern College

Explore the genius of America’s greatest architect through his most fully articulated vision: the National Historic Landmark campus of Florida…

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Exterior of 3-story Wonder House in Bartow, FL

Wonder House Historic Tours

The rebuilding and remodeling of the Wonder House was covered by episode 9 of the Netflix show Amazing Interiors. Owners…

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