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Museum of the Everglades

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Address: 105 West Broadway, Everglades City, FL 34139
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+1 239-695-0008
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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Escape Naples' dazzling pace of development for a day and spend a lazy...

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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Great introduction to where you are!

I love a free museum that offers the history of an area and this one delivers! Great short movies give you a glimpse into the rich and interesting past of the Everglades. Cool... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I love a free museum that offers the history of an area and this one delivers! Great short movies give you a glimpse into the rich and interesting past of the Everglades. Cool artifacts and information on the area. A quick stop that is well worth the time!

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We decided to take a day trip to the Collier County Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City. About an hour or so from Naples via Interstate 75, but not a bad drive with the speed limits in some areas 70 mph. Located in a 1927 commercial laundry if offers a view of Collier County from the early days of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This little museum is packed full of local history. Nearly anything you would like to know about the people and the founding of this part of Florida is very well covered.There are numerous displays and a few short films.

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Falls Church, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this museum during the seafood festival. Entrance was free and there are many placards to read and some short videos. I found the videos to be especially interesting addressing the beginnings of Collier County and Everglades City.

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Thank Liane P
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was very informative with artifacts and pictures. We watches a couple of documentary films about Everglade City. We learned a great deal about the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well done - bottom line! If you a Florida full timer, you should drive to Everglades City. The museum, part of the Collier County Museum structure, give you the history - from birth of Everglades City, Barron Collier era, building of the Tamiami Trail highway (betw Tampa & Miami), the glorious way workers were taken care-of, the Rod&Gun Club, Hurricane... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a most enjoyable museum chock full of information, displays and videos explaining the history of the area. There are several informative videos which we found really interesting. It is free. A donation box is tastefully situated on exit which I highly recommend contributing to.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The story boards are interesting, the displays small but fun, and the four videos that you self start in the back room provide lots of insight into how Everglades City came to be. Very enjoyable visit and highly recommend this.

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Chatham, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is incredible for a small place like Everglades City. The exhibits are extensive, professionally done, and very entertaining and educational. We thought we'd spend 15 minutes there but were captivated for over 1.5 hours. It really enriched our visit and we can't imagine visiting Everglades City and not learning about its and the region's fascinating history. The museum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Both trip advisor and word-of-mouth recommended this small-town museum, and it did not disappoint. Although it was free admission, it was well run and informative. The [volunteer, I am sure] staff were very cordial and knowledgeable. Who knew "Tamiami Trail" was not just an Indian name but short for the Collier-built road connecting Tampa and Miami? And that President Truman... More 

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