The guided tour at the Polk County Historical Museum complements the 4th grade social studies curriculum, but is easily adaptable to other grade levels. The tour lasts approximately one hour and is designed to serve no more than two classes at one time. The program consists of the following:


  • Short Lecture
  • Video Presentation
  • Student Oriented Activity (students extract & present information to each other)

The Polk County Historical Museum offers this educational service free of charge. Download the  School Program Brochure for more detailed information.

Classroom Resources / Supplemental Activities

The following is a list of resources or ideas to use as additional educational tools:


Polk Heritage Classroom

The Heritage Classroom DVD project allows students to become better aware of their
surroundings within the context of their studies at school. Students ask the questions,
and informed citizens of Polk, engaged in preserving our past, provide the answers.

The DVD consists of three episodes between 12 to 15 minutes each. Episodes include The
Seminole People, Polk Cattle Industry, and Polk County Railroads.

Teachers Guide   Polk Heritage Classroom Teacher's Guide         

Links to Heritage Classroom Episodes

Episode 1 The Seminoles  

Episode 2 Polk’s Cattle Industry  

Episode 3 Polk County Railroads


How to Plan a Visit

Reservations are scheduled on a first-come first-served basis. Programs are available Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Please download, fill out, and mail or fax the Download PDF Group Study Application.

Application Instructions

  1. Fill out the Download PDF Group Study Application.

  2. Indicate on the application your choice for weekday, date and time you would like to visit.

    Please also include an additional date and time in case your initial date has already been reserved.

  3. Mail or Fax the application to:

    Polk County Historical Museum
    100 East Main Street
    Bartow, Florida 33830

    Fax: (863) 534-4387

Have Questions?

For more information about the Polk County Historical Museum please contact us by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone (863) 534-4386 or toll free 1-800-780-5346 ext.4386; or fax (863) 534-4387. The Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday between 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M; or Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. (excluding holidays).