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Southwest Florida Museum of History

2031 Jackson Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901
239 - 321-7430
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Ranked #21 of 52 attractions in Fort Myers
Type: Museums
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Cape Coral, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW via mobile

Can't believe having lived in this area 25 years and never visited this museum. What a gem. A must whether you're a resident or tourist. They also have visiting exhibits. Presently Clyde Butcher Photography. Black and white photography. Excellent.

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Fort Myers
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

For the entry fee, don't go past the gift shop. Not much in the museum area. But, I'm spoiled, having lived within spitting distance of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC

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Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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133 reviews 133 reviews
39 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Wanted to see the current Clyde Butcher exhibit, but I got so absorbed in the other exhibits I almost forgot about it. A very nice overview of the Ft. Myers area since Paleolithic ages through World War II. I felt each exhibit was well thought out and put together for all ages to learn. Guests are given a wand that... More

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Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
13 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

My son & I went for a visit. It took us a couple hours to go thru & see everything. Very informative on southwest section of florida & also about the local area of fort myers. It is in a very old train station...which is neat just in itself. The exhibits were real nicely Displayed with lots of information on... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We decided, on the spur of the moment, to visit this museum in downtown Fort Myers in the former train station. It is at the end of the high tourist season, so we basically had the museum to ourselves. We were given audio devices (no extra charge) to enhance the experience. The Museum tells the history of Fort Myers from... More

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Although this is a small museum, if you are interested in the Ft. Myers area, it will provide a lot of tidbits of local lore. If you are used to big city museums, this will seem hokey. It is full of great local info.

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Naples, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

Extremely rude staff. Stay away from this place if your kids are not over 10 years old. They pretty much told us it was NOT kid friendly and the kids were not to talk or touch anything. I took my out of town family and I was embarrassed at how poorly we were treated.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This is a small museum that tries to show the development of SWFL and Ft Myers in particular. There is not a lot to look at. It can be completely covered in an hour and a half, If it is raining and you want something to do it is a decent activity.

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Today we went and they had a 50th celebration of the Beatles coming to America and it was terrific. We have come every year for the last 8 years and there is always something new. They also have a continuous display(which is awesome) of southwest Florida history focusing on the Calusa Indians. and Fort Myers role in WWI and WWII.

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ALEXANDRIA
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30 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

This downtown Fort Myers museum is somewhat small but presents very interesting exhibits on the history of SW Florida from prehistoric times onward, the establishment of Fort Myers both as a military fort and as a city, cattle town, and fishing area. Exhibits also include a military area, room all about firefighters, and currently a photography exhibit on the Beatles.... More

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