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Museum of the Everglades

Address: 105 West Broadway, Everglades City, FL 34139
Phone Number: +1 239-695-0008
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Type: Museums
Owner description: Escape Naples' dazzling pace of development for a day and spend a lazy afternoon exploring the...
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Type: Museums
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Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Sebring, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We stopped by today while they were in the midst of a 3-day event honoring Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, famed author/environmentalist. That caught my eye as she and I are both descendants of Dr. Joshua Stoneman from SW VA...Carroll Co. area just east of Galax. Today's emphasis was on the Seminole's Matriarchal Leadership. The two Seminole spokespersons making the presentation were... More 

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Beaver, Pennsylvania
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32 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Take time to visit this museum and you will learn how important the Everglades are to this region of Florida and to us who visit here. The museum isn't large at all, but tells the story of the early inhabitants, how the Everglades have been exploited, and what's being done to preserve its future. It's a fascinating story and the... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you're interested in learning about the history of the Everglades, this is the place to stop. Excellent, informative displays as well as video history. Perfect way to begin or end your day in the Everglades National Park area.

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Cooper City, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

What a wonderful way to learn about the area and Everglades City. Go here first and learn about everything and why it is the way it is and then continue your tour by walking over to the Rod and Gun Club so your not tempted to eat there. This museum has such nice volunteers who run the place. Don't forget... More 

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great neck, ny
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Loved the talk given by Martha. Well documented photos and history of the area. Loved the little gift shop and be sure to at least walk into the cute little toilet.

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Dayton, Ohio, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

we just happened by this museum while in Everglade City for the Seafood Festival. We watched the movies then started talking to an employee, Martha Hutcheson, after speaking to her had a new understanding of the area and the American Indians which she was very knowledgeable of. Was very nice to have someone so friendly and helpful and totally made... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Drove here from Naples on a rainy day. The museum is small, but very interesting. It details the history of the area including the plight of Native Americans, efforts to save the Everglades, Harry Trumans dedication of Everglads National Park and much more. Quite informative. A good way to learn about the area if you have a few free hours... More 

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Indiana
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

If you are a history buff you will enjoy this stop. It has lots of photos, charts, and maps depicting the early history of the Everglades and the building of the Tamiami Trail.

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Kingsville, Ontario, Canada
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This is a very informative museum of the Everglades City,how it came to be,the resident Indians living in the area,how the Tamiami Trail was built, and so much more. There are simple short videos showing the history. It has a volunteer on site and the cost is free will donation.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Free. (Donations). Very informative. Liked the info on the Tamiami Trail. They recommended City Seafood as the place to have lunch.

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