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Naples Depot Museum

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Address: 1051 Fifth Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102
Phone Number: +1 239-262-6525
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Description: Long hidden on the fringe of Florida's Gulf coast and overlooked by...
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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All aboard for a history tour

What a wonderful place to learn about the history of Naples. Extremely informative and it has great exhibits. I knew some of the history but had forgotten much of it. Very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful place to learn about the history of Naples. Extremely informative and it has great exhibits. I knew some of the history but had forgotten much of it. Very pleasant way to catch up on history

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Delray Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Worth spending a half hour there. Very pleasant place. Well kept. And surprisingly, it is totally free. Too bad the old passenger train car is still being renovated. My son and I were the only ones there though. Good for history buffs.

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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We went here because the local train club operates a train layout in teh back for kids on the weekends. When we went into the main museum, we were blown away. The narratives and history of the area are well documented with each story having such personality that you want to read them all.

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Naples, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

there is nothing that will make you say wow but it does worth a visit if you like history. the place is very clean, quiet most of the times, it is free. check it out. you will learn a little bit more about Naples.

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Ellenton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Very interesting visit and loved by us all. Free entry which is very rare nowadays. Great to talk with the staff who have a real passion for the Depot.

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Brandon, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Very informative showcase of the railroad in Florida. Everything is well marked and you are able to walk around at your own pace reading Naples history. Well worth the trip and admission is free.

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We had a great time with our children at the Depot Museum. Both our kids (8 and 3) loved the huge model train set-up, and the train ride ($)! The volunteers make it an authentic experience for all, and are great with the kids. Good times.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Fun place to go for families who love trains. Volunteers were nice and informative. Took time with my Grandchildren.

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surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Very interesting and free, history of the train track leading across the Everglades, the indigenous people who lived here, and good artefacts to see, also miniature railway Thursday to Sunday's

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Ferndown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Well worth a visit, interesting to think a railway was built in this area. Lots of info about the people who were instrumental in the development of the area, and the resulting consequences.

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