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Museum of the Everglades

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Address: 105 West Broadway, Everglades City, FL 34139
Phone Number: +1 239-695-0008
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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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My wife and I spent a little more than two hours visiting the Museum on our recent visit to the Everglades. The displays are very well-arranged and informative. One truly gets a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 April 2016
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Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
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Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

My wife and I spent a little more than two hours visiting the Museum on our recent visit to the Everglades. The displays are very well-arranged and informative. One truly gets a sense of the history of the area from Pre-Colombian times till the Florida of the post Air Conditioner Age! The visit also features a number of short but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

We were driving by and stopped in to the museum. The curator was very knowledgeable. Admission price is by donation only. The museum was a really interesting place. We watched a few films in their movie watching area that were about the local history of Baron Collier and the area. Very informative.

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

The personnel were extremely personable and knowledgeable. The artifacts were nicely displayed that were easy to read.

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Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

Arrived early for our boat tour of the 10,000 Islands. Found this lovely museum as we were driving around town. Very informative about the founding of Everglades City and it's founder Mr. Collier for whom this county is named. Everyone, including the 10 year old twins, were interested in the displays and videos. Very good overview of the area we... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

We drove to Everglades City from Cape Coral to have some out of state company get a look at the Everglades, check out the local sights etc. It's a bit of a drive to get there, but thought it would be a nice "Sunday Drive" after Church. Living in Florida we know how important the tourists are....except in Everglades City!... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

Great touch for short informative insights to this most southern, south-western Florida destination on land (the road south stops here). Enjoy the architecture.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

I am from Broward county and in south Florida, the extent of our museums are mostly around art. While these are all fantastic, Florida is sorely lacking in history museums. It is so nice to find a good history museum, even if far from the city limits, so I had to stop by to check it out. The nice, interesting,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

A great little place to learn about the history of Everglade City. You can spend 10 minutes or 2 hours. There are pictures, artifacts and videos to watch. A great way to learn a little about the city you are in.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

Very friendly greeting then selve guided with a few movies. Doesn't take long and definitely shows the history, so I think it's nice to visit and support.

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Orange Park, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

The historic former Collier company laundry building is the site of the Everglades Museum. This small free museum is devoted to the history of Collier county and Everglades City. There are four short films that describe the life and times in the early 1900's of this former county seat and company town built by Barron Collier a millionaire who owned... More 

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