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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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Looks not so interesting from the outside, but be sure to go in! Nice museum, lots of information that is also interesting for non-American visitors! One of the highlights is the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Looks not so interesting from the outside, but be sure to go in! Nice museum, lots of information that is also interesting for non-American visitors! One of the highlights is the train outside. You can go in and learn how train traveling in a private train was back then.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum was very interesting and provided historical displays of the area from ice age animals and paleo Indians to more modern settlers, civil war events and the cow town past of Fort Myers. The downtown Fort Myers walking tour associated with the museum was also very informative about the early and modern town.

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Isle La Motte, Vermont
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small and nice museum. The thing I liked best were the archeological dig finds. Cool Pullman car and nice grounds. And, just across the street you can catch the free Trolly bus and get a tour of the Historic district.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was pleasantly surprised by the museum and all it offered. Bought a Groupon and took my 4th grader and 6th grader during holiday break. The kids were very interested and engaged. We decided on the "audio" tour which was the BEST option for them (even myself). We all pushed the buttons and listened at the same time which made... More 

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Cross Plains, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A Very rainy Friday found us looking for inside activites--and this was PERFECT. very friendly staff!! very interesting stuff--small and quaint--not overwhelming and mind boggling. just the right amount of things to look at and read--and listen too. learned a lot about the area--and spent an enjoyable morning out of the rain. we love history-- thanks!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Artifacts from the pioneer days of Ft Myers, the fishing industry, a fire truck. A highlight was an iron lung -- I had never seen one in person. The history of the local Native Americans was highlighted a bit. They displayed casts of a couple impressive prehistoric animals plus some real bones. The rail car and cracker house were outside... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a little gem of an old time Florida Museum. No, its not a modern museum, by any means. It is quaint and has a charm of its own. The building itself is an historic structure (old train depot) and if you want a look at the early days of Ft. Myers this is the place to go. The... More 

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Englewood, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised that such a small building contained so much information. We liked the audio tour which allowed us to enjoy the history of Fort Myers at our own pace. Young children would like the prehistoric area but might be bored with the rest. The staff was friendly and helpful. You can get up close and touch everything... More 

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Hanover Park, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really pleasant staff, listen to the headphones and you will learn a lot plus they have a lot of travelling exhibits like Egyptian or The Beatles. Been here several times. The even have a charity event with Alice in WOnderland theme.

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Thank connerscats
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Fascinating and well organized, clean well lit museum of Fort Myers and area history. The cracker house outside is a reproduction. The Esperanza is one of the longest and last private Pullman rail cars. It was like stepping back into time. The individual free papers explaining each exhibit are chock full of information. There are hand held audio wands that... More 

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