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Polk County Museum
Historical 3-Story Courthouse 
             Open Memorial Day though Labor Day (including Holidays) 

OPEN:   Thursday through Monday

HOURS: Noon to 4 p.m.

$4... per person
$2... for students
Children under 12 free (accompanied by an adult)

Handicap accessible (with elevator)

During our open season call for Information and Tours:
715-485-9269.  Thank You for visiting our website.
Mission Statement: Preserving the Past for Future Generations 
Built in 1899, the Polk County Museum was the County Courthouse until 1975. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is an absolute treasure.

You'll find three floors of galleries just bursting with items; some dating back as far as the Revolutionary War! Most of what you'll encounter is from the early 1900's.

The Rural School Museum is also a must-see, just one block south and one block west of the Polk County Museum. It is open the same hours as the Museum.

Come visit us soon and lose yourself in the rich heritage of this area. There is an exhibit to fit almost any interest.


The Polk County Museum is located in the heart of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin (HWY 46) and Mill Rd, which is handicap accessible and on the north side of the building.

There is also an entrance on the south side of the building on Old Courthouse Rd.  Come and visit our new addition that has been recently completed and equipped with a new elevator!

Thanks to everyone that helped contribute towards our goals!



Polk County Museum

P/O Box 41

Balsam Lake, WI 54001


Balsam Lake is 4 miles north off HWY 8.

Map provided courtesy of Wisconline® Used by permission.

This page updated  3/18/2014

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Polk County Museum / Historical Society Balsam Lake, WI Phone: 715-485-9269   Email: