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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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Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Small, but impressive

Stopped here on my way from Orlando to Miami, and it was well worth the detour. I learned more about the local Native Americans here than at the Smithsonian (which is a horrible... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Kenner, Louisiana
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stopped by to try and get a taste of local history. The information was interesting, but my guess is that there just wasn't a lot of history to share, thus, it was a rather quick stop through this museum. We did enjoy learning a bit more about the Native Americans in the area though.

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Kenner, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here on my way from Orlando to Miami, and it was well worth the detour. I learned more about the local Native Americans here than at the Smithsonian (which is a horrible museum). It should only take you an hour or two be able to read all of the placards and is well worth the time. The museum gave... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This small museum was a laundry during the construction of the Tamiami Trail by Barron Collier. It has interesting exhibits about the growth of this interesting town and its history.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Some travelers have said that the Museum is a little boring and others found it interesting. However, we cannot make that claim since it was closed when we arrived which was around 12:45pm. This seemed quite odd unless the curator was at lunch, but there was no note to say otherwise. Since this was a quick stop on our way... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a nice one-room museum focusing on the local history of Everglades City. The displays were all fairly modern and professional with plenty of photographs. No entrance fee, but a donation is suggested.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you enter this sleepy town of Everglades City, you are struck by the divided roadways. Why would a town seemingly in the middle of nowhere have divided roadways? To find the answer, you really should go to this small, informative museum. (There is no charge for admission.) The staff members are extremely friendly and more than willing to share... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum really helped me understand the history of the Everglades and particularly Everglades City. Good movies in the back room.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wouldn't really go except if it was a rainy day and couldn't fish - but then, why wouldn't I just find a bar instead?

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice plaque outside describing the building's history and the wall displays and exhibitions gave a clear account of historical and current events. It left us with a good understanding and empathy for the local area and some of its major characters that we could then spot when seeing Street names and places on our travels. Staff were obviously passionate about... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was nice place to learn about the area. Good production on the history of Collier county and the native people of the area.

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