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Museum of the Everglades

105 West Broadway, Everglades City, FL 34139
+1 239-695-0008
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Excellent little museum on how Collier County started and the Tamiami Trail. Very well done with... read more

Reviewed 10 May 2018
scrapbookbeth
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Pensacola, Florida
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Whether for 15 minutes or an hour or so, you should visit, and it's free!

Want to develop an appreciation for the toil and effort that went in to establishing this outpost... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2018
Paul B
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Escape Naples' dazzling pace of development for a day and spend a lazy afternoon exploring the history of nearby Everglades City. Once accessible only by boat, this remote frontier trading town took an ambitious new turn in 1923 as the hub of Barron Collier's personal Southwest Florida real estate empire - with a population of fewer than twelve families. First opened in 1927 as a commercial laundry, today's Museum of the Everglades dates back to a time when construction of the famous Tamiami Trail was well underway and the tiny settlement of Everglades served as the first County seat. The museum's permanent and rotating exhibits provide visitors with an in-depth look at over 2,000 years of human history in the area and tell the story of those adventurous enough - and stubborn enough - to settle Southwest Florida's lush "River of Grass." Faithfully restored to its original, 1920s Collier-era appearance, the museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located 35 miles east of downtown Naples.
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“tamiami trail” (30 reviews)
“local history” (26 reviews)
“collier county” (19 reviews)
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105 West Broadway, Everglades City, FL 34139
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+1 239-695-0008
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Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

Excellent little museum on how Collier County started and the Tamiami Trail. Very well done with photos, plaques to read, artifacts and even four short little movies that are worth watching. Take the time to stop in and take a look at history...you won't leave...More

Thank scrapbookbeth
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Reviewed April 7, 2018

Want to develop an appreciation for the toil and effort that went in to establishing this outpost in the Everglades? Want to understand the history and the people who over the years made today's Everglades City possible? Step back through the years at this informative...More

1  Thank Paul B
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Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

The museum was small and very insightful lots of information the people that work there were friendly. They have short films to watch which were very cool to see the area how it once was and see buildings that still are standing. Couple of coins...More

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

If you are planning to go to Everglade City, a visit to the Museum will not take long, but will help you feel connected to a great place and great people. Wonderful museum for a small hurricane battered town! Such spirit and drive of the...More

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Reviewed April 2, 2018

There is a lot packed into this little museum! You learn about the history of Everglades City from Native American days up until today. The exhibits are all short but informative, it's a great way to spend an hour or two, and even my two...More

1  Thank Marcy O
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Reviewed March 27, 2018

Originally this building was a laundromat when Everglade City first existed. In the fall of 2017, Irma washed it once again. This building is an opportunity to see that the City was the centre of Collier county before Naples.

Thank under65
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

From indians to Watson. They have lots to see here. Ask the people in charge. They like questions. I should have stayed longer. Handicapped have it EZ.

1  Thank Jim0
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Reviewed March 3, 2018

This small museum is a real treasure. It is very well done, features 4 short films and displays interesting memorabilia. The staff are extremely informative, I left in awe of the settlers that challenged the expanse of the Florida Everglades.

1  Thank Molly M
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Reviewed March 1, 2018

This is a FREE gem - so much history that is presented in wonderful display boards, artifacts, memorabilia. The staff is very helpful and if you have spent any time in the area it will explain the history and culture. There are 4 short videos...More

Thank Lafemmederobert
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Reviewed February 23, 2018

My wife and I stopped in at the small museum and were very pleasantly surprised. I was well organized, interesting and educational. Please be sure to watch the short videos (4 of them about 5-7 minutes long). Clearly worth the stop.

Thank Martin G
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SoloTravelGal2011
March 3, 2015|
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Response from CollierMuseums | Property representative |
The Museum of the Everglades is open Mon - Sat 9 am to 4 pm. I hope you enjoy your visit.
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Joyrak
January 27, 2015|
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Response from CollierMuseums | Property representative |
All 5 Collier County Museums are free of charge. Enjoy your visit!
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