Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens

633 Osceola Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32790


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Explore the world of internationally acclaimed Czech sculptor Albin Polasek. Tour his home, galleries and sculpture gardens located in the heart of Winter Park on Lake Osceola.

Founded in 1961, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens holds an art col­lec­tion focus­ing pri­mar­ily on Amer­i­can rep­re­sen­ta­tional sculp­ture, with over 200 works by Czech-born Amer­i­can sculp­tor Albin Polasek.  Polasek retired to Win­ter Park, Florida in 1950 after nearly thirty years as the head of the Depart­ment of Sculp­ture at the Art Insti­tute of Chicago. Albin Polasek designed his home with a functioning studio at its heart, surrounded by picturesque gardens.  In 1961, The Albin Polasek Foun­da­tion was formed at the sculptor’s request, and his gallery was opened to the pub­lic as a museum.

The museum offers guided tours of the his­toric Polasek res­i­dence and chapel, an out­door sculp­ture gar­den, a gallery with rotating exhibits and a gift shop. The museum is listed on the National Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places.

Born in the province of Moravia (now Czech Repub­lic), Albin Polasek immi­grated to this coun­try as a young wood­carver in 1901. He later attended the Penn­syl­va­nia Acad­emy of the Fine Arts in Philadel­phia and the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Art in Rome. Dur­ing his influ­en­tial artis­tic and edu­ca­tional career, Polasek won many awards for his works and was com­mis­sioned to cre­ate numer­ous pub­lic sculp­tures now found through­out Europe and Amer­ica. Polasek ded­i­cated his life to encour­ag­ing the study, appre­ci­a­tion and fur­ther­ance of rep­re­sen­ta­tional art.

Also on the grounds is the Capen-Showalter House, which was moved here in 2014. The house was cut into two halves — nick­named Fred and Gin­ger — and floated across Lake Osce­ola. The ren­o­va­tion process included reat­tach­ing the two halves of the house and restor­ing the orig­i­nal 1885 pine floors. The project won the 2014 Orga­ni­za­tional Achieve­ment Award from the Florida Trust for His­toric Preser­va­tion in recog­ni­tion of this remark­able achievement.