The Polk Museum of Art is a nationally accredited art museum in Lakeland, Florida. It is a member of the Florida Association of Museums and is ranked among the top art museums in the state of Florida. It is affiliated with the Harrison School of the Arts and maintains a teaching program which is funded by the School Board of Polk County.
Polk Museum of Art was one of 21 museums selected to be featured in Museum Design – Planning and Building for Art published by Oxford University Press in association with the American Confederation of Arts and the National Endowment of the Arts. The museum was also recognized in Florida Trend magazine in an article titled “Works of Art Within A Work of Art.”
The museum currently displays art from the Pre-Columbian era through the contemporary, featuring hundreds of works each year in a variety of exhibits. These exhibits often revolve around a central theme or idea and link artworks from the ancient past with those of modern artists. Polk Museum boasts a permanent collection of over 2,500 works and a number of traveling exhibits which provide diverse displays that include American folk art, modern masters, Japanese prints and textiles, African art, a permanent Pre-Columbian display, and much more.