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“Polk History Center” 5 of 5 stars
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Polk County Historical Museum
100 East Main Street, Bartow, FL 33830
863-534-4386
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Bartow
Type: Museums
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Owner description: The Polk County Historical Museum collection includes natural and cultural objects related to Polk County and the greater Central Florida area that represent our history from pre-Columbian to present day eras. The artifacts on display at the Museum represent individuals, cultural groups, and events significant to the region. Some artifacts include: Fossils Hand-made Personal Objects Clothing Art Tools Agricultural Equipment Military Objects Communication Objects Household and Science Objects Admission is Free.
Central Florida
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Polk History Center”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Polk History Center, which is the former Polk County Courthouse, is a beautiful old building from the early 1900's that has been carefully restored with great attention being paid to the original architectural details. Today it is a wonderful local museum containing permanent exhibits of the native american inhabitants of Polk Count with many artifacts and an excellent presentation of the development of this area over the last 150 years. There are often travelling exhibits from other museums, including the Smithsonian. The History Center sits on a block in the middle of Bartow's historic district, and there are excellent restaurants and shopping to complement your visit.

Visited October 2013
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Lake Wales, Fl
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72 reviews 72 reviews
28 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“A nice local museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

The Polk Historical Museum is small, but well equipped. I have used it to research the History of our area in relation to the Seminole Wars and World War II. The staff is helpful.

Visited January 2013
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Leesburg, Florida
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65 reviews 65 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“So many memories here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We were able to walk around and see life as it was in early Polk County. We recognized so many faces of the past. It was a very enjoyable time of reminiscing. The staff is very very friendly and they do such a great job of keeping the museum up to date.

Visited November 2012
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Lakeland, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Polk Portraits”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Great displays from activities found in Polk County, FL. Archives were well displayed with details explaining each display. Recommend for a family outing.

Visited November 2012
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Bartow, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“great place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

They have a very well organized eventual education for the young as well as the older adult, also handicap entry, bathrooms and elevator to second floor. It is the old courthouse and that room is open as well as a great new room available for rent for weddings,etc.

Visited March 2012
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