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Southwest Florida Museum of History

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Address: 2031 Jackson Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901
Phone Number: 239 - 321-7430
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Good overview of the area

This old railroad station has been arranged to give you a tour through time, with just a little bit of background on the dinosaur and early mankind period. There is a room... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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220 reviews 220 reviews
83 attraction reviews
216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This old railroad station has been arranged to give you a tour through time, with just a little bit of background on the dinosaur and early mankind period. There is a room devoted to the precolonial indigenous Indians and a good explanation of the Calusa who conquered all of southern Florida and resisted the invading explorers until diseases did them... More 

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Bokeelia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Great way to spend a cool day with my husband and father. Loved the Esperanza, 84 foot Pullman rail car. The miniature depiction of First Street in Fort Myers circa 19900 is interesting. There is much to see and enjoy. I recommend this as a must see for everyone.

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Naples, Florida
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15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Only will take you around two or two and a half hours to tour the entire building, but worth the time and the trip. An old railroad station now a museum, very interesting. Nice history of the Fort Myers area available.

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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156 reviews 156 reviews
58 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We have had a house in this area for several years but learnt a lot of new things about Fort Myers when we visited this well-organised museum. It is clearly and logically presented with a wide variety of exhibits. The staff were friendly, extremely helpful and keen that we should get the most out of our visit. We found it... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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91 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Nicely located in old Fort Myers in a former Spanish Colonial style train station. The displays are informative, although they are seeming to be a little worn from old age. The most interesting displays are those of the development of South Florida during the Civil War, Cattle ranching, fishing, crackers and modern development. The most poignant reference was showing where... More 

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52 reviews 52 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

When you arrive at the museum, they have listening devices that you use as you walk through the museum. As you put in the numbers, you have a recording telling about that particular phase of the history of Florida and Fort Myers. They have a train car that you can walk though that is reflective of the past. Very interesting... More 

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Hudson, Ohio
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

We just spent four hours on a windy, chilly January day learning just about everything there is to know about southwest Florida! Starting with the Paleo-Florida through the Calusa Indians, Florida's role in the Civil War, its economy and natural resources, and ending with a World War II exhibit with salvaged wreckage from Estero Bay. The audio guides were helpful... More 

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New Lenox, Illinois
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113 reviews 113 reviews
38 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I had to laugh at a couple reviews that claimed the staff was rude. Today my fellow visitors and I exchanged looks after meeting one of the blunt staff members. Just getting old, I think, and probably earnest, unpaid volunteers. I love that the displays start in prehistoric times and give visitors a sense of Florida by bringing history forward... More 

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Laramie Wyoming
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Located in an old train depot, this little museum gives you a better overview of Fort Myers settlement and history than Edison Ford Estate.It is a great little stop on a non beach day.Recommend driving to the River Ristrict for lunch as is located in a sketchy neighborhood

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Cape Coral, Florida
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

The museum itself was fine, it has a lot of information, not too big but it was still enjoyable. The only problem with my visit was the treatment by the staff. I would like to point out that I myself only just turned 20 and I was accompanied by my friend who is only 15, so we are probably not... More 

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