Polk Museum of Art

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Polk Museum of Art
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Polk Museum of Art With a diverse exhibition schedule, dynamic event calendar, and comprehensive educational programming, you will find Polk Museum of Art is truly more than an art museum. Don’t let the Polk Museum of Art’s free price tag fool you. Named as one of the Top 10 art museums in Florida and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, this Central Florida museum features an extensive permanent collection of contemporary and modern art, as well as an impressive array of Pre-Columbian, Asian, European and American Decorative Arts. Come back each time you visit Central Florida. Around 20 exhibitions rotate throughout its nine galleries each year, and it remains home to rare 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints, as well as ceramic plates made by Pablo Picasso that still bear his masterful tomato-sauce stains. There is even an outdoor garden, which showcases permanent sculptures.
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teresa
lafay13 contributions
What a great way to spend an afternoon! All precautions were taken by museum staff to make this a memorable experience for us all. This exhibit is free but It is important to make reservations as they only allow so many in at a time. Because of this I was able to get up close to all of the many prints, posters and sketches and be able to see the details of Lautrec's style and his vision. I recommend this highly as I have never seen so many Lautrec's gathered in one place before. There were two large sections for Toulouse's work as well as seating for those who need to rest and contemplate.

While in the area, you can google Frank LLoyd Wright Way and see a small park that was dedicated to him and a house that he created. A picnic or trip around Lake Morton with all of its water fowl is a magical treat too
Written April 23, 2021
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Candace P
La Jolla, CA45 contributions
The perfect experience for me was the exhibit of young artists
in the Community. A gallery is set aside for exhibition of students.
This time is was for 4th to 6th graders.I had the privilege of meeting the 6th grade artist when she come with her family to see
her work displayed for the first time.
And yes ,the Toulouse Lautrec exhibit ( through May 23rd)
as expected was lovely.
Go upstairs to see the exhibit on a typical family's food
spending in different parts of the world.
Free : donations accepted .:Great gift shop:

Smithsonian affiliate
Written May 10, 2021
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SMGleb
Wilmington, DE461 contributions
Went to see the Toulouse Latrec exhibit which was excellent. They. also had an. exhibit of the Senior year students from the. local High School of the Arts which was excellent - several truly amazing artists. We did not visit the "regular" gallery but definitely plan to go back. Lovely little gift shop as well - and be sure to take a drive or walk around nearby Lake Morton and enjoy the incredible array of water fowl - including white swans, black swans, white. pelicans, all sorts of ducks and other birds.
Written March 22, 2021
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD594 contributions
Free, so worth stopping by to see what's on display. Heart of museum is the special exhibit room and number of other collections that I assume rotate. At my visit, 'The Highwaymen' was showing which is primarily of local interest, what we'd call 'beach painting' today (landscapes basically) equivalents that would be on sale in local art galleries in an upscale mid-Atlantic beach town. Interesting, but there's 40 or 50 of them, and they do become much of a muchness at some point. Ditto to an extent to Chinese American artist who has chosen to immortalize students at the HBC FAMU. I actually found the photo exhibit on 2nd floor (food and housing in different countries) to be most interesting of all. The building is nice, space is good, atmosphere restful and of course the price is right. Looking throw past shows, I'd have paid to see 'American Impressionists' for example and the review would have been different. Still, I'm sure this is a welcome addition to the community and offers a chance for local artists to gain exposure - so props to the town and its residents for creating and supporting the place.
Written March 17, 2022
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WGVRM
St. Augustine, FL179 contributions
Business
First, Friday is FREE DAY. This small museum should be noted mostly for its pre-Columbian artifacts, which are displayed right off the lobby. Very impressive. The museum also has two large galleries that display rotating works of artists. The small upstairs houses a couple hallways with displays off of the museum offices.
Written March 12, 2015
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Paul H
Campbeltown, UK633 contributions
Couples
I had hoped to be able to see the American Impressionists, but for some unexplained reason the area was not open. That didn't leave a lot to be seen... there's an area devoted to primitive ceramics from central and south America. There was an excellent exhibition of works by young local school kids. There were a handful of Pierre Henri Matisse canvases and upstairs there' s an additional small exhibition area and weirdly a Montessori school. Oh and outside there's a sculpture garden resembling a maximum security prison exercise area.
My overriding impression of this museum was of amateurish good intentions. There were staff everywhere... what on earth did they all do? Anyway, it was worth a visit as culture in Florida is as rare as hen's teeth, however, there is a neat little on site shop. Again, somewhat amateurishly managed since many items do not have visible price tags. Apparently this is because it 'makes the displays look messy'. So, if you find something you like, you'll need to ask someone to get a price for you.
I did find some interesting objet and managed to negotiate my pathway through the 'how much is this and that' obstacle course and spent close to $200 on some very tasty goodies. All-in-all a fascinating experience that I wont be repeating before phoning to check that what they state on their website regarding exhibits is actually correct.
Written October 15, 2019
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Ceewill
23 contributions
Friends
I enjoyed the Degras artwork and learning about the artist. One of my favorite and most thought provoking is the display of what we eat on the second floor. This really puts things into perspective. A must see.
Written March 19, 2019
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westendbarb
Vancouver, Canada64 contributions
Couples
This is a lovely place to visit. Much nicer than expected. The admission is free and the location near the main lake downtown is very interesting and inviting.
Written January 13, 2019
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Carltonowen
United States42 contributions
Couples
Always a pleasant visit. Great works of art , great discussions , children activities, nice open spaces to view the art. Visiting art and displays rotate often. Worth a visit for yourself. Also shares the parking lot with the Lakeland Library. Win, win.
Written May 1, 2017
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Written June 11, 2018
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Stuart B
Phoenix, AZ8 contributions
Solo
I was in town from Phoenix, AZ for my college reunion, so I came by on a Sunday. Free admission, they accept donations, staff were very cordial and the art on display was for me, very interesting. Worth you time for sure.
Written March 22, 2016
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Written June 11, 2018
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