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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
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Description: 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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Excellent background for the area with excellent presentation of the history and origins of for the establishment of Everglades city and locality. Very informed and a positive... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Excellent background for the area with excellent presentation of the history and origins of for the establishment of Everglades city and locality. Very informed and a positive introduction from the manager.

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Guelph, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We learned more about Collier County and the history of the area in the half hour we spent at the museum than I've learned in my 4-5 previous visits to Naples. Very interesting and the woman that welcomed us gave us great advice about where we could try some good local food and described the airboat ride experience to us.... More 

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This gem of a museum should not be missed. It's free, but as other visitors have reminded everyone, make a donation, it's worthy of one! We were rained out of our morning airboat tour and went to the museum. Take s look at the art in the entry. We went and watched the four short videos first and then toured... More 

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Philadelphia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is a small museum housed in an old community laundry. I learned a lot about Everglades City, its original native inhabitants and how it became a company town. This is a well preserved building with nice artifacts and 4 short videos explaining the development of the area.

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Five Islands, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

A good way to begin a trip to the Everglades is to visit the museum where there are videos, exhibits and friendly staff to help.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I visited this museum twice during my stay last month in southwest Florida. It's a source of fantastic information and history about south Florida: from the establishment and construction of the Tamiami Trail, to the history of the Native Americans in the area, to the interesting families who were involved in such history! The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable.... More 

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Hamden, Connecticut, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 via mobile

Delightful and informative museum. History of the area and the people who made it such a wonderful place to visit. We were greeted at the door and given a terrific introduction to the museum by Martha, the museum's assistant director. Highly recommended.

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Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

A wonderful gem in Everglades City that gives you an excellent history of the area. We did not know about the Museum and did not have enough time to spend there. Will plan better next time. The volunteer at the front desk obviously loved her work and made us feel so welcome.

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Twin Lake, Michigan, USA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This has to be the consequence of local government political thinking. Thinking like, "We don't care if it's a National Holiday and we are trying to be a tourist attraction. Close the place!" This is part of a County government operation, in tourist high season and completely out of sync with the ebb and flow of people who are interested... More 

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Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We always go to local museums and are rarely disappointed. This little gem talks about the hurricanes, the strength of the pioneer people, the Native Americans, the animals complete and interspersed with news articles and feature articles from professionals. There are artifacts and interesting people to talk with for more information. There is only a donation box so if you... More 

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