800 East Palmetto Street
Lakeland, FL 33801
phone: 202-489-5775
fax: 863-688-2611
Regular Hours
Closed Mondays and major holidays.
Tuesday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday1 PM - 5 PM
Summer Hours
June - August: Closed Sundays, Mondays, and major holidays.
Tuesday - Saturday10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday - Mondayclosed
Admission is free. Special exhibitions fees and event fees may vary.
Free. Donations Accepted.
Museum Type(s)
Gift Shop
H. Alexander Rich, Executive Director and Chief Curator
Claire Orologas, Director Emerita
Pal Rivers Powell, Director of Events & Special Projects
phone: 863-688-7743 x240
Gregory Mills, Exhibits Specialist/IT Manager
phone: 863-688-7743 x243
Ellen Chastain, Education Manager
phone: 863-688-7743 x227
Brenda Friedman, Mayfaire Coordinator
Lisa Ruthven, Membership Manager
Suzanne Grossberg, Director of Development
Taylor Holycross, Membership & Communications Manager
Laura Putnam, Exhibitions & Adult Programs
Victoria King, Retail & Visitor Services Manager


Discover one of Florida’s top art museums, right in the heart of the state! The Polk Museum of Art, a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, has been serving Lakeland and Polk County for fifty years. The Museum’s diverse exhibition schedule features over 20 exhibitions per year in a wide variety of artistic styles and genres: from the realistic to the abstract, and from the ancient to the contemporary, you’re sure to find something you like on view! Want to do something fun or enlightening? The Museum provides a comprehensive calendar of events and educational activities, as well. We have so much to offer: MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake outdoor fine art festival is ranked 64th in the country by Sunshine Artists; art classes; lectures by visiting artists and scholars; great events like Art Crawl that features local artists and new work; the Art+ series of evening events with music, food and fashion; and don’t forget our unique Museum Store. With everything to choose from, come find out why the Polk Museum of Art is cited by the Boston Globe as one of the five best reasons to visit Lakeland!


The Polk Museum of Art enhances the lives of our varied communities by bringing people and art together.


Artifacts Collections

Polk Musuem of Art collects art in the following categories: Contemporary, Pre-Columbian, Asian, European & American Decorative, African, and Folk Art.


Private Non-Profit


Wheelchair Accessible




Gift Shop