Polk Museum of Art’s $8 million expansion + renovation

The museum has broken ground on the project, slated to be complete in 2024.

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The renderings of the museum’s expansion | Via Straughn Trout Architects

$8 million. That’s how much an expansion of the Polk Museum of Art will cost. The news broke in February of 2022 that the museum will face both a renovation and expansion for more exhibition space and educational experiences.

The 14,000 sqft expansion to the 34-year-old building will feature a gallery, classroom, and art laboratory. The main building will get renovations to its facade, new flooring, updated galleries along the second floor, classrooms, and spaces for offices.


The renderings of the museum’s expansion | Via Straughn Trout Architects

Rendering via Straughn Trout Architects

In the past, the museum was only able to feature a limited selection of pieces of art at any time. Upon the completion of the renovations and expansion, the spot will triple its exhibition space, allowing more room for additional exhibits and collections.

On top of the cosmetic updates, the museum, in partnership with Florida Southern College, will offer opportunities for students like internships, volunteer opportunities, and other groups to assist in professional development before graduation.

Museum curator speaks at a podium next to a model of the new Polk Museum of Art expansion

Dr. H. Alexander Rich with a model of the expansion at the groundbreaking.

Photo by Straughn Trout

The work is slated to take roughly one year and should wrap up in the summer of 2024.