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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
09:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

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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We stopped by the museum and were surprised by the quality of the material in the museum including the films. Well worthwhile stopping by.

Reviewed 6 March 2017
Tiffin, Ohio
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Tiffin, Ohio
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

We stopped by the museum and were surprised by the quality of the material in the museum including the films. Well worthwhile stopping by.

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Marco Island, Florida
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

Thank you for offering a group os 20 a most thorough and interesting history of the city. The updated museum looks wonderful and we all wish you continued success.

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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Had several instructors to share history of the area. Talked about the Native Americans. Also had a science talk on the environment of the Everglades. These programs are scheduled different times and dates. Need to check what would be available. I was with Road Scholar and the coordinator had set program. They were great presenters.

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Reviewed 25 February 2017

Nice introduction to Everglades City. Good displays. Varied perspectives. Both static displays and video set in a charming building original to the town.

Thank D L
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Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

Nice local museum with 4 short movies in a very comfortable theater. Lost power so we didn't complete visit but what we saw was excellent. Friendly volunteer. Story of a collier company town way back when. Best part it was free. No pressure to give a donation but why not help out.

Thank George M
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

We have enjoyed the events sponsored and presented by this Museum of the Everglades this week. The speakers and talks by Rangers, and other knowledgeable persons have be exceptional. Walking around this little museum and viewing the displays has also provided some good information about the history of the Everglades.

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Reviewed 16 February 2017 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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Reviewed 16 February 2017

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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Reviewed 15 February 2017

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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Reviewed 12 February 2017

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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