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Lake Wales Depot Museum & Cultural Center

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Address: 325 S Scenic Hwy, Lake Wales, FL 33853-3873
Phone Number: 863-676-5160
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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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This museum is now a department of the city of Lake Wales, Florida. The changes to the museum are wonderful. With much more to come. There are vast amounts of historical... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Tina P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is now a department of the city of Lake Wales, Florida. The changes to the museum are wonderful. With much more to come. There are vast amounts of historical artifacts that are undergoing conservation, cataloging and remain in storage.....but they will be rotated into the permanent exhibit. Visit soon. The LW Museum & Cultural Center is open Tuesday... More 

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Thank Tina P
Avon Park, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

Again we are in Lake Wales, not MOSI, so considering that, it is very nice. I was dissappointed the items in the photos were not on display, such as the Victorian clothing and dolls. I mainly went to see them:( The Indian dugout is a awesome along with some of the original photos. Definately worth seeing.

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Thank Chimera-shaman
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

my last visit was just prior to Mimi's departure. While we always enjoyed the exhibits, I would really like to visit again!

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Thank Jeri W
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

This museum has just been re-opened after some redesigning. It is a very good chronology of the area from early to current times. The photos are well labeled and provide a good history of events. It is in process of evolving which is exciting. Being set in the old train depot, it is even more interesting. I spend the day... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

Just happened upon this small museum by checking out some back roads in Florida. It was charming and we enjoyed talking with the keeper and seeing the museum and the caboose which was in excellent shape.

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Putnam Valley, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016

First off there are two museums with the same address! Nearby Frostproof has a museum at 325 S Scenic Highway in Frostproof, Florida. Our GPS took us there first and that was a small building only open 3 days a week. We were driving to Lake Wales anyway so once we found our Lake Wales destination we tried again. This... More 

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Summersville, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

This was a very wonderful place to visit! A lot of history and great exhibits! A very quaint atmosphere! We were there when they had a vintage toy display and it was an awesome collection. The model trains and equipment were outstanding. The walk into the old railroad cars was great! Would go back ANYTIME!

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Thank Alexandra B
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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1 Thank John G
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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Winter Haven, 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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