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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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Perryopolis, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We were welcomed by helpful, knowledgeable docents. There were timelines, biographies, memorabilia and photos explaining the area. All very interesting, making this an interesting stop.

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

What a pleasant surprise! The museum was very well-organized and presented with fascinating and most-interesting displays about the history and people of the area. Excellent videos too. We stayed about an hour, much longer than we had intended. The entire museum is very professional and well-maintained, with all displays clearly presented. The staff was extremely pleasant and provided us with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Full of fascinating information and relics of a bygone era. Extremely friendly staff. Highly recommend.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We didn't know much about the area and its history but the museum was very informative and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Well done info panels with lots of photos.

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Free to enter but donations welcomed. Interesting display on how the area was colonised in the early 20th century. Lots of interesting artefacts.

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Davie, Florida
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22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The Museum of the Everglades is a restored historical house that is located in the main area of Everglades City. The museum is free and donations are welcomed. A very nice woman greeted us in the lobby and gave us a brief introduction to the museum. There are only two rooms in the museum. There is the lobby and the... More 

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Vonore, Tennessee
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171 attraction reviews
443 helpful votes 443 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We enjoyed watching all four movies about the history of the area and the building of the Tamiami Highway. There is history on Baron Collyer who bought the land and completed the Tamiami and built a company town. The building for the museum was the laundry built for the town. You watch the movies n a comfortable room by just... More 

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I liked seeing all the material things that were used in the Everglades. I loved learning about the area and the people that lived there....native american's and civilized people. The only thing I didn't like was the Englishman in charge. He was EXTREMELY nice; but didn't really have a clue about the people from the area, calling them southern gentlemen.... More 

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Everglades City, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Museum of the Everglades is located in an historic building which was originally the laundry for the workers completing the building of the Tamiami Trail in 1924. The history of Everglades City comes to life inside the Museum of the Everglades. The museum features a self-guided tour of the various exhibits as well as three movies with comfortable seating.... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Loved this museum! We were looking for a brief history of the area and Everglades but this museum gave us much more. It was a real treat. The short videos available were very informative and displays were excellent. The staff was very helpful when discussing our next area to visit and helped us greatly.

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