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Lake Wales Depot Museum & Cultural Center

325 S. Scenic Highway, Lake Wales, FL 33853
863-676-5160
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Lake Wales
Type: Museums
Owner description: Former railroad station transformed into a museum with railroad and local history items as well as a rotating collections. Fun and unexpected.... more » Owner description: Former railroad station transformed into a museum with railroad and local history items as well as a rotating collections. Fun and unexpected. DDonationscollection of items. « less
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Casey Jones territory with original station, some track and a few original wagons. Nice interesting museum alongside. For the model railway enthusiast there is an N gauge layout inside. Details of Bok tower history, Railway history plus the history of Chalet Suzanne Restaurant and Country Inn.

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Orlando, Florida
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49 reviews 49 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I enjoyed seeing old Florida and this museum has items from the past from this area. There is a lot of old railroad history here on display. But the best part was the Europe Model Rail N-scale display which was donated to the museum by Mr.Rudolf Sigle. We were there on Saturday afternoon when Mr. Rudy at age 92 comes... More

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Signal Mountain, Tennessee
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I was really surprised at how interesting this museum was. Mimi was our guide and she was a real treasure. She has a wealth of knowledge to share. She spent over two hours with us on the tour. We learned so many interesting facts about the city of Lake Wales. We paid $2.00 entrance fee. We began in the art... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews 74 reviews
57 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

The Depot Museum was a treat for two tourists who are interested in Florida history. It is filled with doll houses, furniture, toys, tools, clothes and artifacts from the early to mid 20th century. We left with a good sense of how and why the town came into existence, and had a good time looking at the collection. $2.00 donation... More

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

My wife and I would like to express our thanks for a lovely visit to the Lake Wales Depot Museum yesterday where the guide (Mimi) brought to life the paintings and exhibits on show. We were impressed by her tales of how the museum came into being and of some of the local history.

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Florida, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Lake Wales Depot Museum & Cultural Center is a true treasure! The city is just over 100 years old, and much has happened in these few years that is well worth knowing. The history begins with the Native Americans, the cattle industry that fed troops during the Civil War, and turpentine production back before it became a town. There... More

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Lake Wales, Florida
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129 reviews 129 reviews
66 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

My wife and I had a wonderful guided tour through this once-upon a time train depot. Seriously, amazing. The collection of valuable things, from all walks of Central Florida history, is unmatched in the area of Lake Wales. We saw a room filled with Native American artifacts, many things even from other tribes outside Florida and the Southeast. There was... More

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Kentucky, USA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

This small, but worthwhile stop was packed with history and some fantastic Native American artifacts. The N-guage railroad train was unique and fun to watch. Take your kids!

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West Sussex
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73 reviews 73 reviews
43 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Hubbie a train buff so had to go and visit !! Real Southern belle runs this . She is very welcoming .

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Ocala, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

I love trains so the caboose was what I wanted to see. When we got there the lady started telling us all about the place and the art and the history and Wow! She made the place! Very small, lovely stop, very informative.

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