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Naples Depot Museum

Address: 1051 Fifth Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102
Phone Number: +1 239-262-6525
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Ranked #21 of 45 Attractions in Naples
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: Long hidden on the fringe of Florida's Gulf coast and overlooked by developers until well into the...
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Type: Museums
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Long hidden on the fringe of Florida's Gulf coast and overlooked by developers until well into the 1880s, Naples' catalyst for settlement finally arrived forty years later when two rival railroads rolled into town within ten days of each other. Set in Naples' restored Seaboard Air Line Railway passenger station, the Naples Depot Museum welcomes visitors back to the railroading boom days of the Roaring Twenties and explains how generations of Southwest Floridians used technology and transportation to conquer a vast and seemingly impenetrable frontier.Seminole dugout canoes, a mule wagon, antique swamp buggy, restored rail cars and exciting interactive exhibits tell the story of how trade and travel transformed Naples from a napping village of 300 souls into today's glittering Gulf coast resort. The Naples Depot Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is conveniently located in downtown Naples.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We took our 3 year-old grandson on a Tuesday. The Lionel portion of the museum wasn't officially open, but the members were there doing maintenance. They couldn't have been more welcoming, turning on the mechanicals, running the trains, visiting with us. Our grandson was entranced. This was not our first visit and won't be our last. Thanks!

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Bonita Springs, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I have taken my grandson here several times and never was disappointed. We both loved it and will keep coming back. He is now 4 and his sister 2. Time to bring sister also. The little train ride is just the icing on the cake. It's awesome and run all by volunteers who love trains!!

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This museum is a historical tour of southwest Florida. Your donation will be appreciated, and the artifacts and facilities are top notch. As you walk through the clean facility you not only see rail artifacts, but autos, and artwork. This is a must see for all of my visitors to the area.

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Dunedin, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Yes, the museum is housed in the original, now closed, Naples depot. Lots of photos and text but also a life size caboos and lounge car. See where the ticket master worked. Learn about many contributors to the growth of Naples in the fields of banking, fishing, hospitality, recreation etc. The former cargo storage space is used for rotating exhibits.... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Although it is primarily a transportation museum, the scope of the transportation exhibits are limited to those most relevant to Naples. It covers the railroad history quite well. As an added bonus, deeper inside the museum are exhibits dealing with the history and development of Naples. Make sure to listen to the recording of the evacuation order that was broadcast... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I looked up things to do with my son and we stumbled upon this fantastic museum. Entrance is free and there is so much history and culture to see. Anyone in Naples needs to put this on their must see list of things to do!!!

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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The Naples Depot Museum is a quaint little building that can be seen from the US 41. It is back a aways from US 41 so you have to pay close attention. The parking is located on the right side of the building and the entrance is located at the front. The hours of operation are Monday - Saturday 9am-4pm.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a very fun place to visit in Naples for young and old. It very historical and user friendly for the children.they have a HUGE miniature train set. The children can push a button and see Santa fly though the sky! Another button, and a car drives through McDonalds. There are probably 6-8 buttons to push and the kids... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

On our recent visit to Naples, my family and I visited the Naples Depot museum. I was pleasantly surprised at how much information on the history of Naples was available at this one museum. It was really a treat to be taken back in time & seeing the trains was a true treat for my young son. It was clean,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

It's free enjoy the history...The information was very, very informative. It's a good photo spot with the old trains outside.

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