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Museum of the Everglades

105 West Broadway, Everglades City, FL 34139
+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 history of nearby Everglades City. Once accessible only... more » 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. « less
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Bradenton, Florida, United States
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Visitors learn about the history of the Everglades and how Barron Collier built a road in a piece of Swampland.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We have lived in the Naples area for a while, and have visited the Museum of the Everglades several times. The history of the area is fascinating. It is interesting to learn how this sleepy fishing village on the rim of the Everglades played such a major role in the history of the area. The Museum lays it all out... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Usually Small Town Museums are disappointing: a few bits and pieces with no real depth. The Museum of the Everglades is something very special. The exhibits are beautifully arranged, accompanied by fascinating text. It tells the story of this fascinating town and area completely and entertainingly. The videos in the little theater are excellent and the art gallery at the... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Visited Everglades City in early September which is the off-season, the city is small and at that time of year very quite. I visited the museum and was pleasantly surprised it is small but well laid out and provides a good explanation of why the place is a city and why people came to this place, remember back in those... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The Museum of the Everglades was surprise to find the Museum in a well restored historical building. Learned a lot about Barron Collier, Collier county and the Tamiami Trail. Though I had some knowledge of Everglades City and it's surroundings, the Museum's displays and videos help me learn more about the area. Since I volunteer at The Barnacle Sate Historical... More

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Been coming to Naples since 1987. Owned a home since 2010 and never visited until this month. Museum set up rivals big city museums. Curator came out and personally answered questions. She also gave us more suggestions on things to see in the area. Museum makes you appreciate what the early settlers had to overcome for us to enjoy paradise.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Lovely little museum, lots of information packed into a small space. The lady at the museum was extremely helpful. If you are in the area I recommend a visit.

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Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We came across this museum by accident while looking for the best airboat ride. The lady staffing was more than happy to recommend the best one to use and why, also the best restaurant & area attractions, along with a history of her family, native to the area. She was far more helpful than the chamber of commerce at the... More

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British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I stopped by this museum while waiting for my airboat tour and I am very glad I did. It was very interesting to learn more about the area and its history. The staff is very friendly as well. It is free admission with donations accepted. I would highly recommend this museum to travellers in the area!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I was with a group of 10 young adults. We had a great tour of the museum then a walking tour of Everglades City. Martha, museum assistant, showed us an interesting and anecdote-filled two hours. Quite amazing how a road and city were built in the middle of a swamp nearly 100 years ago.

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