We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Polk County Historical Museum

Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 100 E Main St, Bartow, FL 33830-4629
Phone Number:
+1 863-534-4386
Website
Today
09:00 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Tue - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 15:00
Description:

The Polk County Historical Museum collection includes natural and cultural...

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 32 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 22
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
An awesome view of local history

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Heather E
,
Lakeland, Florida
via mobile

Similar Things to Do in Bartow

Add Photo Write a Review

32 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 32: English reviews
Lakeland, Florida
Level Contributor
84 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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.

Helpful?
Thank Heather E
Leamington, Canada
Level Contributor
560 reviews
120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 festival. There was a great quilt show being featured on the second floor and many... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jim H
Pensacola, Florida
Level Contributor
37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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 itself. Thank You Bartow County! All at NO COST! PS Ask in the lobby for... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Noah G
Orlando, Florida
Level Contributor
192 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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. These were wonderful exhibits ranging from Florida's Natural World to an Industry Gallery (e.g. Coca-Cola,... More 

Helpful?
Thank orlandogal22
Level Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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, North or South. And don't miss the 1st floor museum of natural items and antique... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Jeanne S
Level Contributor
64 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Helpful?
Thank Richard C
Lake Wales, Fl
Level Contributor
142 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

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

Helpful?
Thank USHistoryTeacher
Bartow, Florida
Level Contributor
116 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

ther are anumber of exhibits depicting the history of Polk County FL. Somr exhibits change from time to time.

Helpful?
1 Thank Donald S
Bartow, Florida
Level Contributor
109 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

The building is well kept, the exhibitions are very educational and interesting. Love the original tiles in the building and Women Era (clothing) exhibition.

Helpful?
Thank egland s
Redland
Level Contributor
40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016 via mobile

Exhibits are not very sofisticated, but get the message across. Seems a bit disjointed with different exhibits, as if there wasn't much subject matter for a full exhibition.

Helpful?
Thank Bucketlistcheck

Travellers who viewed Polk County Historical Museum also viewed

Bartow, Central Florida
Bartow, Central Florida
 
Bartow, Central Florida
Lakeland, Central Florida
 

Been to Polk County Historical Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Polk County Historical Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?