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Southwest Florida Museum of History

Address: 2031 Jackson Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901
Phone Number: 239 - 321-7430
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Ranked #17 of 37 Attractions in Fort Myers
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Hudson, Ohio
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108 reviews 108 reviews
52 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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111 reviews 111 reviews
38 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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3 helpful votes 3 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Disgustingly vulgar staff. Boring & pathetic. A man asked us towards the end if we "learned" anything. My friend & i thought he was joking & ignored him. But he continued with his rude comments by saying he hoped we "finished our school project". We left & said have a good day & they completely ignored us & rolled their... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We really enjoyed our visit to this Museum, at a very affordable price that provided us with a ton of information about Southwest Florida's History!!! It took us about 90-minutes to walk through this Museum! Plentiful exhibits with both audio (hand held device) and visual information from prehistoric times through the mid-1900's!!!

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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70 reviews 70 reviews
20 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The museum might have been small but the displays were arranged well. Learned a lot of information about the area I had not known. The displays were all well done. There was lots of reading but also listening devices to explain the displays further. We toured the Pullman coach and peered inside the Cracker House.The staff were very helpful. Had... More 

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Ypsilanti, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is a very nice museum. It's not high tech with a lot of interactive computing, just a basic museum. Lots of looking and some reading, if you choose. You can also get a listening devise which will narrate many of the stops. There are follow up displays to go along with the narration. Especially interesting was learning about the... More 

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Venice, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Museum is small put fact filled with history about Ft Myers. Interesting look back at the last 200 years of history that will interest most people. Reinforces what an unusual history Florida has. Staff are very friendly. We saw the Clyde Butcher photo exhibit and he adds an interesting look at how beautiful Florida really is!

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Wesley Chapel, Florida, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This museum focuses on the Fort Myers area and provides a good amount of information about the area. The audio was fairly detailed and informative.

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