Polk Museum of Art

Hurricane Update: Polk Museum of Art Will Reopen on Sept 17

Due to disruptions caused by Hurricane Irma, the Museum has rescheduled, postponed, or canceled several events:

  • Polk State Day originally scheduled Sept. 7 is rescheduled for Sept. 19
  • Art Lab originally scheduled Sept. 9 is rescheduled for Sept. 23.
  • VSA Student Reception originally scheduled Sept. 9 and rescheduled for Sept. 16 is postponed until further notice.
  • The Boiled Books Workshop originally scheduled for Sept. 16 is rescheduled for Oct. 7.
  • The Docent-Led Tour originally scheduled for Sept. 16 is canceled for this month.
  • Creative Yoga originally scheduled for Sept.17 is canceled for this month.

While there is still much work to be done behind the scenes, the Museum will resume regular hours beginning Sunday, Sept. 17th. Please come in and lift your spirits.

Programs and events will resume as scheduled beginning Tuesday, September 19th.


Many of us are still experiencing the effects of Hurricane Irma. For those in need, here is some helpful information on where you can locate hurricane relief.

The RP Funding Center, home to the Lakeland Magic (NBA G League), will open its doors Today, Friday, September 15th from 9:00 am-4:00 pm to residents still recovering from Hurricane Irma. The Center will be equipped with charging stations (individuals should bring their own charging cords), water, and a kid’s play area. The Lakeland Magic will also be sponsoring lunch from 11:00 am-2:00 pm and activities will be available for families throughout the day.

Points of Distribution (POD) have been set up in several Polk County locations to help residents who have been without food and/or water due to Hurricane Irma.

Residents in need of water and food are able to get two cases of water and one case of Meal, Ready-to-Eat, commonly known as MRE, per visit. The MRE is a water-activated self-contained complete meal.

PODS will be open from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. every day until power is restored and stores are again able to be open again. POD locations are:

City Location Address
Davenport Market Square Park Market St. & 17/92
Dundee Community Center 603 Lake Marie Drive
Eagle Lake Sheriff’s Office 150 S. Second Street
Fort Meade Fort Meade Park 1205 NE Ninth Street
Frostproof First Baptist Church 96 West B. Street
Haines City Lake Eva Aquatic Center 220 Third Street South
Lakeland Victory Church 1401 Griffin Road
Mulberry Civic Center 901 NE Fifth Street
Poinciana Community Center 395 S. Marigold
Polk City Food Town 303 Broadway Blvd. SE

About the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College

The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, is a private, not-for-profit academic museum dedicated to promoting inspirational and engaging arts experiences for all. It is one of the Top 10 art museums in the State of Florida, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the only art museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums serving the 561,000 residents of Polk County. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays (closed Sundays June 1 through Labor Day) and closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free for everyone year-round, thanks to the following organizations and individuals: MIDFLORIDA Credit Union; the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation; a Friend of the Community; and Southern Homes. The museum is fully accessible.

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