Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964

On exhibit Sept 3 – Oct 26, this Smithsonian exhibition explores the little-known Bracero Program, the largest guest worker program in U.S. history. Millions of Mexican men came to the U.S. on short-term labor contracts between 1942 and 1964. The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm. The Museum is closed on Sundays & […]

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.

Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard

The suburban backyard is an American original—an invention so familiar it hardly seems invented at all. This exciting traveling exhibit explores the mid-century backyard from the rise of the suburbs and tract houses, to the beauty of postwar garden design, and the birth of the environmental movement. Filled with vintage photographs, historic drawings, and fun […]

Hope Diamond Expert to Lecture on ‘The History of America in 101 Objects’

LAKELAND – Reducing the Smithsonian’s collection of some 137 million objects to a mere 101 to tell the story of America is no easy task. But aided by more than 100 curators, Dr. Richard Kurin did just that in a new book, “The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects.” Kurin, a world-renowned expert on […]

Paintings of the Space Age and Regenerations2 Exhibitions End December 7

Robert T. McCall, “Apollo 8 Coming Home,” oil, 3’ 3 7/8” x 4’, from the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on display at Polk Museum of Art.

Polk Museum of Art is proud to welcome an exhibition of large-scale paintings depicting space exploration from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The exhibition Paintings of the Space Age will be on view through December 7. Although the National Air and Space Museum is known internationally for its impressive collection of objects and […]

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