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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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Naples original train station

The end of the line in southwest Florida now used for special shows such as model train collectors on display. A small train ride for children and adults runs around the grounds... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Naples, Florida
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Naples, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The end of the line in southwest Florida now used for special shows such as model train collectors on display. A small train ride for children and adults runs around the grounds on certain days

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Naples Depot Museum is free and offers an enjoyable few hours visiting an old Naples train station complete with real train cars for your enjoyment. Plus open only three days a week, is the model train museum and layout. Enjoyable to all ages, as they say from child to adult. Locatied downtown Naples, its an easy trip with ample... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This was the first of the 5 Collier Co museums we visited...All were excellent and free! We were free to roam & discover alot about Naples and the local history of the area.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This might sound like you are just going to see trains and carriages but it is much more than that. Your tour starts with a very atmospheric re- creation of a train coming to a halt outside the station masters window, and continues with a very interesting and informative history of the railroad in this area and how it impacted... More 

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Natick, MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Have small kids who need to be occupied for 90 minutes on a rainy day? The Naples Depot Museum covers the history of Naples with a focus on the role of the railroad in its growth in an enjoyable series of exhibits -- and it's free!

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Markham, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This original Naples railway station has been preserved and serves as a museum for the history of SW Florida. Though it primarily focuses on the rise and fall of the railway in Naples, there are displays on very early human settlement, the Calusa and Seminole tribes, the failed tobacco industry as well as fishing and shipbuilding industry, air travel and... More 

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Chicago, IL
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

The depot side of this museum is awesome - it's free, and it's basically a one-stop-shop to learn the entire history of travel to Naples. Also, in one of the waiting rooms, there's a really cool set of screens where it looks like a train arrives! Unfortunately, for us at least, the Lionel / outside part was a completely different... More 

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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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