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Museums and Historical Attractions Lakeland Florida

Museums + Historical and Educational Attractions in Lakeland and Polk County

Places to Learn while you Play

Looking for something to do indoors with kids that combines fun with learning? These hands-on museums and discovery centers will give your kids something to do indoors AND stimulate the brain.

Explorations V Children’s Museum provides 3 floors of kid-powered, hands-on exhibits and mind-stretching programs in the arts and sciences to celebrate the five senses!

If you love planes and all things aerospace, check out the Florida Air Museum at the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), located on the SUN ‘n FUN campus. The museum features a dynamic display of airplanes including unique designs, classics, ultra-lights, antiques, and warbirds.

While my kids’ favorite part of the Mulberry Phosphate Museum is the outdoor dig pile {you can find shark teeth!} they also have an indoor museum with a collection of fossilized remains, area memorabilia, and educational exhibits on the Phosphate Industry. Free admission.

What was once the Polk County Courthouse is now The Polk County History Center – a historical museum and library open to the public with free admission. 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.

Although you can’t run and play at the Polk Museum of Art, it is kid-friendly! Plus FREE admission means you can stay for 10 minutes or stay for an hour. This museum of fine art has rotating exhibits, a children’s art gallery, a sculpture garden, a gift shop, and more.

Looking for more things to do indoors? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Indoor Activities in Lakeland + Polk County. You’ll find a variety of ideas for things to do with kids including arcades, indoor play areas, museums, skating rinks, trampoline parks, and more. 

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Polk Museum of Art

The Polk Museum of Art is the largest and the only nationally accredited visual arts organization in Polk County and has been a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum since 2010. The museum offers workshops and classes for teens and adults, after school art for children, weekend workshops, spring break camp, summer camp, and the annual Mayfaire by the Lake.