The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden is a historic site on 3 acres of land overlooking the beautiful Lake Osceola in Winter Park. The museum was Albin Polasek’s former retirement home, studio, galleries and chapel, as well as surrounding gardens filled with Polasek’s sculptures.  In May 2000 the museum was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Albin Polasek was born in 1879 in what is now known as the Czech Republic and created more than 400 works during his career.  He apprenticed in Vienna and attended the Penn­syl­va­nia Acad­emy of the Fine Arts in Philadel­phia and the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Art in Rome.  Albin Polasek retired to Win­ter Park, Florida in 1949 after nearly thirty years as the head of the Depart­ment of Sculp­ture at the Art Insti­tute of Chicago. In 1961, the Albin Polasek Foun­da­tion was formed at the sculptor’s request, and his gallery was opened to the pub­lic as a museum.  Con­tri­bu­tions include the dona­tion of sculp­tures For­est Idyl and the Emily foun­tain to the City of Win­ter Park, the long-term loan of Man Carv­ing His Own Des­tiny to the Win­ter Park Pub­lic Library, art schol­ar­ships to the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida, Rollins Col­lege, Cre­alde School of Art, the Penn­syl­va­nia Acad­emy of the Fine Arts, Brown Uni­ver­sity and the Art Insti­tute of Chicago.  Winter Park would not be the same without Albin Polasek as part of its history.