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History Center

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 educational programs, special events, and volunteer opportunities. The museum's exhibits and programs continue to grow and change and there is always something new to discover.

The museum 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.

Ongoing exhibitions feature artifacts on display that include:

  • Miocene Fossils
  • Paleo Era dugout canoe
  • Pioneer clothing and tools
  • Vintage farm and mining equipment
  • Artisan fishing lures
  • Military relics
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The Polk County History Center is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Polk County History Center's Mission Statement: To educate and inspire through the procurement, preservation, and interpretation of historical objects and data, illustrative of, and relating to, Polk County.

Contact Us

Myrtice Young
Historic Preservation Manager

Phone: (863) 534-4386
Toll Free: (800) 780-5346

100 E. Main St.
Bartow, FL 33830

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

Decorated Christmas Wreath at the Polk County History Center

Festival of Wreaths

Check out this year's Festival of Wreaths Silent Auction sponsored by the Polk History Center.

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