Summer Fun Days: Saturdays thru Aug 10

Special guest speakers, hands-on demonstrations, artifact discovery, tours with the curator, art projects, storytelling, fun snacks, dress up activities for the whole family are offered on Saturdays throughout the summer with all kinds of different history themes. Sponsored by Florida’s Natural Growers. Free to the public.

Building an Icon: Building Bok Tower Singing Carillon

Exhibit by Bok Tower Gardens now thru Aug 24. Learn about the ways that people worked on the Singing Tower from Edward Bok’s initial vision to its design and construction, from the foundation to its crowning herons.

Tai Chi in the Gardens

Learn the ancient art of Tai Chi surrounded by the serenity of the Gardens. Individuals of all ages and physical conditions can use the fluid movements to help release tension, increase balance and relax. This seasonal activity runs on Saturdays from 8:30-9:30am from October 6-April 6, with the exceptions of November 24 and December 22. $10 members, $17 […]

Florida’s Female Pioneers

Women’s History Month presentation: “Florida’s Female Pioneers” with guest speaker Peggy MacDonald examines some of the women who have shaped the Sunshine State. Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, a female doctor during the Civil War, visited Florida during the war and ran the first racially integrated free school in Florida during Reconstruction. Harriet Beecher Stowe is […]

History Happy Hour

See the changing exhibit: The Freedom Riders closes on March 20. Talk to our curator and enjoy live music, history trivia, complimentary food and drinks.  Free to the public.

Mountain Lake: A Look Inside Building a Legacy

December 4, 2018 – February 16, 2019 The Lake Wales Museum presents a historical exhibit about the story of Mountain Lake Estates, one of the oldest private golf and estate communities in the country, located in Lake Wales, Florida. This exhibit will feature stories, photographs, original illustrations, maps, and memorabilia about how the community of […]

Holiday History Happy Hour

On December 13th, be one of the first to see the new Mountain Lake: A Look Inside Building a Legacy exhibit. Talk to our curator, enjoy live music, holiday history trivia, complimentary food. Donation cash bar with fine wines and craft beer.

Town & Country History Bus Tour

Take a tour through old Florida history, driving through the heart of downtown Lake Wales and stopping at the historic building of the Lake Wales Arts Center. Learn about the historic district, buildings and lakes of Lake Wales. Enjoy an air-conditioned ride on the new History Bus. Seating is limited. Please make reservations in advance.

Fairies, Tea & Tales at the Tower

Kids can join the Hammock Hollow Fairies for an enchanted tea party and a special interactive story time. Children are encouraged to wear costume attire. Price includes admission for one child ages 4-12 and one adult companion. $15 member child/ $20 non-member child. Additional member adult $5. Additional non-member adult $15.

Featuring Alligators in Florida Culture

Join the Lake Wales Museum November 15, 2018 @ 6 PM for the Florida Humanities Council Speaker Series: Featuring Alligators in Florida Culture by Jeff Klinkenberg. Few states have a relationship with an animal in the way that Florida does with the alligator. Whether it’s a school mascot, being wrestled at a tourist attraction, or sunbathing on […]

Polk Arts Alliance

PO Box 727 Bartow, FL 33831-0727 director@polkarts.org (863) 804-0494