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Naples Depot Museum

1051 Fifth Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102
+1 239-262-6525
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Ranked #27 of 77 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 1880s, Naples' catalyst for settlement finally... more » 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. « less
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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Winter Garden, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Very informative, lots of history and very clean. I recommend to go on the weekend so you can ride their small train.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

If you want to see one of the jewels of Naples, this is the place to go. We live in Naples and enjoy visiting the museum with the history of the depot and the railroad. Being able to see a real dining car was exciting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This very interesting little stop provides a wealth of information about Naples, past and present. History enthusiasts will appreciate all the artifacts and stories the provide, and children may enjoy exploring the cars/trains that are on display. It's a very small museum that doesn't take much time to go through, but is a nice way to pass time on a... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

This is a county museum and is free but check the hours before you go. There was a nice assortment of historic items that showed the historic progression of Naples with an emphasis on the change brought by the railroad. There is a dining car and a caboose that are open to walk through. We enjoyed it.

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Newton(Boston), MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Housed in an historic station, this museum not only covers rail history in this area, but also general history of Naples. Parking and entry are free and easy. Though the information is great, it does have a lot of reading. Displays are well presented. Took us a little over an hour, but we read everything. On weekends there is a... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The Lionel train display in the back of the depot is a lovely little display, but beware the lady at the ticket window, she's mean!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

As a museum "groupie" I head for museums everywhere - and I was glad I went to this one. It's in the historic train station just on the edge of the historic district, but covers much more than the railroad history of Naples. There is a display of Seminole canoes, and a few plaques commemorating the sad history of these... More

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