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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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Learn History Of SW Florida

A friend of mine and I decided to tour this museum because we are both Civil War history buffs, and they had a special exhibit that had details about Florida's part in the Civil... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Fort Myers, Florida
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Fort Myers, Florida
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98 reviews 98 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

A friend of mine and I decided to tour this museum because we are both Civil War history buffs, and they had a special exhibit that had details about Florida's part in the Civil War. While that exhibit was very interesting, I was impressed with the rest of the museum that contain the history of Florida going back to the... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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50 reviews 50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I had not been through the museum in many years, and yesterday visited with a friend. We really enjoyed the morning. Each visitor gets a listening device and as you make your way through the museum there are cue numbers on the wall. The device also includes pioneer families stories. I have lived in Fort Myers for over 30 years,... More 

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Fenwick Island, Delaware
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We visited the Southwest History Museum of Ft. Myers one afternoon in February 2015. It was very interesting. It is an old Railroad Station transformed into this history museum. hey provide you with a walking phone that will explain each display and you go through the museum. There is lots to see and learn about the Ft Myers and the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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83 attraction reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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85 reviews 85 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
92 helpful votes 92 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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97 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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108 reviews 108 reviews
52 attraction reviews
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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