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Lake Wales Depot Museum & Cultural Center

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Address: 325 S. Scenic Highway, Lake Wales, FL 33853
Phone Number: 863-676-5160
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Description: Former railroad station transformed into a museum with railroad and local...
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.
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Precious local Museum set in a historic depot currently closed until fall. Has 3 other buildings as part of the complex. The City has just hired a director/curator who is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 11, 2015
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Lake Wales, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

City of Lake Wales has seized the contents of the museum which are the property of the Historic Lake Wales Society and installed their own group to run the property.

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Lake Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Precious local Museum set in a historic depot currently closed until fall. Has 3 other buildings as part of the complex. The City has just hired a director/curator who is working with the new Lake Wales Museum Association to refurbish and update the facility and exhibits. What was once a charming and quaint experience will continue but with added relevance... More 

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Lake Wales, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

For a long time this place had been the center of Lake Wales history and culture. The problem now is that a bunch of vultures have descended upon it, and forced it to shut down. No one really knows why, but there's a bunch of misinformation floating around. Time will tell. Anyway, thanks goes to Mimi Hardman for founding and... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

A nice museum and community type center. The town itself is a major producer of oranges juice processing that is important in Florida and generally in the country. This museum portrays life around the area and shows the life was like in the area. It is very well laid ou in is one of the two attractions in the area... More 

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South East
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This is a little gem. Not only for rail buffs (model railway inside and restored caboose outside) but also for the history of the area. From really ancient preserved canoes through to items covering the cattle, citrus, turpentine and tourist industries. Also the dolls and superb dolls houses will delight children of all ages! We also liked the old photographs... More 

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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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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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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