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Polk County Historical Museum

100 E Main St, Bartow, FL 33830-4629
+1 863-534-4386
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Comprehensive but concise

My wife and I are recently retired and beginning to enjoy local culture which we were too busy or... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2017
New Port Richey, Florida

This museum located in the 1908 courthouse is impressive with both permanent and temporary exhibits... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2017
Sarasota, Florida
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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.
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  • Terrible2%
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“civil war” (3 reviews)
“worth a visit” (2 reviews)
“library” (5 reviews)
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100 E Main St, Bartow, FL 33830-4629
+1 863-534-4386

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Reviewed 1 July 2017

My wife and I are recently retired and beginning to enjoy local culture which we were too busy or too tired to enjoy in the past. We visited this museum based on their website claiming that they could give info on many other local places....More

1  Thank cppptravel11125
Reviewed 3 June 2017

This museum located in the 1908 courthouse is impressive with both permanent and temporary exhibits that cover the rich history of Polk County. The courthouse alone is worth a visit! A genealogy library is also housed in the building.

1  Thank Rm927
Reviewed 22 April 2017

Interesting museum, but a lot of the activities in the children's interactive section was not working.

Thank Carol H
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

I really appreciated to scope of exhibits. While some like the local photography are temporary, we found all to be fascinating. Some place every Polk county resident should visit.

Thank Heather E
Reviewed 4 March 2017

We came to Bartow to take in the annual Arts Festival on this beautiful March 4, 2017 day and noticed this grand old building that was open to the public for self guided tours so we decided to add it to our tour of the...More

Thank Jim H
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Best county-run museum I've ever been. Something for everyone. Immaculate display and overall cleanliness. Rare items, like Nazi trophies of war, Seminole War era firearms, original Confederate officer commissions. Other rare items. The old courthouse which houses the museum is a treasure in and of...More

1  Thank Noah G
Reviewed 15 January 2017

We were pleasantly surprised at just how AWESOME this county historical museum is! First off, it's free! Second, it's two stories full of great areas to explore; we took a couple hours to see it all. A few room have rotating exhibits; others are permanent....More

Thank orlandogal22
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Chock full of DAR books, ask for help with these. Unlike a lot of genealogy places, this one has many volumes of reference for many states, the Northeast, South, Civil War, as welll as family histories written by family members. Best library I've ever seen,...More

2  Thank Jeanne S
Reviewed 27 August 2016

We live in Bartow area and didn't know this gem was here. It was free and very interesting. They have great information and history about our area and the kids loved it. It is a must see.

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 30 March 2016

What a gem! They are doing great things with the exhibits. This is a great improvement over my previous visits.

Thank USHistoryTeacher
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