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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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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Educational glimpse of SW Florida history

This museum provides a very interesting tour of the history of the settlement and development of Fort Myers. We took our 2 grandchildren and they learned a lot from the displays... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Bonita Springs, Florida
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140 reviews 140 reviews
46 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful museum with the additional chance to see a true Pullman train car right on the premises. The exhibits are nicely described from the Indian period to present day all within one small museum. Don't worry that the audio headsets aren't available......too few I suppose.....since we just enjoyed reading the exhibits. But the Pullman train visit was... More 

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Ohio
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73 reviews 73 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This museum provides a very interesting tour of the history of the settlement and development of Fort Myers. We took our 2 grandchildren and they learned a lot from the displays in the exhibits. This is very well done and though a small museum, provides a lot of interesting displays and information. Well worth a visit if you are interested... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We went on a 2 for $8 groupon ticket. It was worth it. Housed in the old train depot, as so many museums in small towns are these days. They displayed ancient paleo history using cast of actual skeletal findings. From there we progressed to the natives, the building of Fort Myers and on up to current times. It was... More 

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Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We were impressed with the MOH which answered the questions of why Ft Myers. Also, the Florida in the Civil War exhibit was very informative. The museum has many exhibits portraying the Florida from pre-historic times to the present. As a former elementary educator, I was impressed.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We visited this place with moderate expectations but were completely surprised at how well laid out and how nicely the exhibits were displayed. The outside train carriage is a very cool example of how travel on the trains used to be ! If anyone is interested in the history of the Fort Myers area then id recommend a visit as... More 

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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65 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Walking audio wand tells you about each exhibit you are viewing. This saves time overall because all you have to do is listen and look. Only con is that two exhibit areas did not have audio narrative available. Video was somewhat misleading and inaccurate.

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Central Florida, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Truth be told, I did not have high expectations when my teenage son and I visited here, but we were both very pleasantly surprised. There is a good depth and breadth of information and is well worth the visit.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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108 reviews 108 reviews
4 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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
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9 helpful votes 9 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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