POLK COUNTY -- 2022 Opening Day is Thursday, May 26th. The Museum is conducting local school tours throughout the month of May. Our terrific crew of volunteers has been hard at work all winter preparing new exhibits and updating existing displays. We want 2022 to be a GREAT YEAR for your County Museum!

Let’s see, how can we get you prepared for your visit – what will entice you to take a drive to Balsam Lake? Could it be:

  • The new World War I exhibit?
  • The new Lake Life display?
  • The new Hunting, Fishing & Trapping in Polk County Exhibit?
  • The updates in the original 1899 Courtroom?
  • The beautiful museum grounds (new wall in front, gardens, guided tour...?)

As you journey through all three levels of exhibits, please direct your questions about the displays to our volunteer docents. There’s oftentimes a very interesting story relating to a particular display or exhibit.

Join us for all the fun filled activities during “Freedom Fest” held in Balsam Lake over the Fourth of July weekend. Check out our website for information on other events that will be scheduled throughout the summer here.

We will be open Thursday – Sunday from 12:00 – 4:00 PM beginning May 26th through Labor Day. We are also open on Memorial Day and July 4th. Special tours may be arranged by contacting our Museum Director at 715.485.9269 or via email at info@polkcountymuseum.org .

Remember, admission is FREE for everyone!

We hope you bring your family and friends to the museum many times throughout the summer to explore all the history your County Museum has to offer! Take time to meet our Director, Shaila Johnson and our volunteers – they all love to share tales of Polk County history.


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