History Center

  • Exhibits
  • Rental Information
  • Education
  • Polk Pioneers
  • Genealogical Library
  • Reading Room
  • Events

Contact: History Center
 (863) 534-4386

  • Street Address: Map
    100 East Main St.
    Bartow, FL 33830

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 9005
    Drawer CS08
    Bartow, FL 33831-9005

    Office Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday through Saturday 
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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What was once the Polk County Courthouse now serves as the History Center and houses the historical museum and library.

The museum serves Polk's community through special events, volunteer opportunities, and educational programs. The museum's exhibits and programs continue to grow and change as new information and artifacts become available.

The museum's collection includes natural and cultural objects related to Polk 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 of the artifacts on display include:

  • Fossils
  • Handmade crafts
  • Clothing
  • Art
  • Tools
  • Agricultural equipment
  • Military relics
  • Historic household items

The Polk County Board of County Commissioners is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Polk County Board of County Commissioners

330 W. Church St.
PO Box 9005
Bartow, FL 33831-9005
(863) 534-6000

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