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“Very interesting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Marco Island Historical Museum

Marco Island Historical Museum
180 South Heathwood Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145-5028
+1 239-642-1440
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Ranked #7 of 21 Attractions in Marco Island
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Long famous for its Key Marco Cat- one of the most remarkable and influential discoveries in North American archaeology- the new Marco Island Historical Museum will explore Southwest Florida’s Calusa Indians and bring this vanished civilization to life with informative displays and an exciting recreated village scene. Temporary and traveling exhibits trace the settlement of this subtropical island paradise from its early pioneer roots as a fishing village, pineapple plantation and clam cannery, through its explosive growth and development in the 1960s by the Miami-based Deltona Corporation.
Little River, South Carolina
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“Very interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

We spend an enjoyable time at the museum. The volunteer was very informative and enthusiastic and helped us understand the history of the island.

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“A well laid our museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

The museum is fairly new, and seemed to be staffed by volunteers. On entry we were escorted by a volunteer round the foyer, and an explanation of what we would see was given. Then we went to the main part of the building, and viewed the exhibits in our own time. There is an audio - visual item about the development in recent times, as well as art work and tableau representing early days when the island was inhabited by the Calusa Indians.Admission was free, but donations were welcomed

Visited November 2012
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Bristol
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“Charming”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

This was a pleasant place to visit, warmly welcomed by a very nice lady who explained the layout and how the museum came about. An exhibtion of paintings of various native people was unusual and interesting, and the other room had the history of the American Indian tribes and how they survived in the Everglades which are adjacent to Marco Island.
Outside was a well laid out garden with a pond.
We made a contribution and were given a small but useful pack of notecards showing the famous Key Marco Cat.

Visited October 2012
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Wurtland, Ky
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“Very Nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Visited the Museum while on Marco and it was very nice. Two very nice ladies greeted us upon entering the building. Very nice place to visit rich with history of Marco Island, and it's FREE!

Visited September 2012
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“Worthwhile Stop on Vacation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

This small museum is open Tues. through Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. In September, and some other months in the slow season of Florida, the gift shop closes at 3 p.m. I missed it. There is a box for donations. No cost is required for entrance.

Right now, until 9/28, the museum is featuring photos of the everglades taken by a local photographer. They're mostly pics of birds. For me that was the best part of the museum's exhibits.

The lady at the entrance desk, probably a volunteer, started us on our self tour through the museum, talked a bit about its history and the Marco "cat", an item which was found in an archaeological dig and is now at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. This museum has a replica of the cat and a very large replica of it outside on the grounds, which are quite attractive.

I learned a little more about Marco Island that afternoon. It was a good experience.

Visited September 2012
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