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Southwest Florida Museum of History

2031 Jackson Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901
239 - 321-7430
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Ranked #17 of 53 attractions in Fort Myers
Type: Museums
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Naples, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

Extremely rude staff. Stay away from this place if your kids are not over 10 years old. They pretty much told us it was NOT kid friendly and the kids were not to talk or touch anything. I took my out of town family and I was embarrassed at how poorly we were treated.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This is a small museum that tries to show the development of SWFL and Ft Myers in particular. There is not a lot to look at. It can be completely covered in an hour and a half, If it is raining and you want something to do it is a decent activity.

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Today we went and they had a 50th celebration of the Beatles coming to America and it was terrific. We have come every year for the last 8 years and there is always something new. They also have a continuous display(which is awesome) of southwest Florida history focusing on the Calusa Indians. and Fort Myers role in WWI and WWII.

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ALEXANDRIA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

This downtown Fort Myers museum is somewhat small but presents very interesting exhibits on the history of SW Florida from prehistoric times onward, the establishment of Fort Myers both as a military fort and as a city, cattle town, and fishing area. Exhibits also include a military area, room all about firefighters, and currently a photography exhibit on the Beatles.... More

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We first started with a 10:00 am walking tour with our guide Tom Hall. What a great story teller he is and he made the walk a treat. Tom is very informed and he is able to keep all of our group entertained with the stories of the mid 1800 to the early 1930.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Here is a great place to learn the history of South Florida, and its size makes it easy to get up close and personal with all he displays. There is a really professional audio guide keyed to the exhibits, and the entry fee is very reasonable.

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FAYETTEVILLE
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

this is a stop for a good overview of the area and the history. Worth the small admission charge. Plenty of parking and was easy to get around once in the facility.

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Kincardine, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I was at the Southwest Florida Museum of History in Feb 2014. It is a well organized museum that sticks to its mandate of describing the history of SW Florida from past to present. The museum is the old Fort Myers Train station which had its own unique and unsavory past. The walking tour includes small cell phone-like devices that... More

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Big Lake, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Looking at the website and reading other reviews, at first I expected more. Then I remembered - this is a local history museum. When viewed in those terms, it is quite spacious with wider ranging exhibits than you might expect. The prehistoric information was good, as other visitors said, and the highlights were outside, the cracker house and the train.... More

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

We were looking for a rainy day activity. Based on other positive reviews, we gave this a try. No regrets. We especially enjoyed the pre-1900s portion of the museum.

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