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Museum of the Everglades

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Address: 105 West Broadway, Everglades City, FL 34139
Phone Number: +1 239-695-0008
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Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Escape Naples' dazzling pace of development for a day and spend a lazy...

Escape Naples' dazzling pace of development for a day and spend a lazy afternoon exploring the history of nearby Everglades City. Once accessible only by boat, this remote frontier trading town took an ambitious new turn in 1923 as the hub of Barron Collier's personal Southwest Florida real estate empire - with a population of fewer than twelve families.

First opened in 1927 as a commercial laundry, today's Museum of the Everglades dates back to a time when construction of the famous Tamiami Trail was well underway and the tiny settlement of Everglades served as the first County seat. The museum's permanent and rotating exhibits provide visitors with an in-depth look at over 2,000 years of human history in the area and tell the story of those adventurous enough - and stubborn enough - to settle Southwest Florida's lush "River of Grass."

Faithfully restored to its original, 1920s Collier-era appearance, the museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located 35 miles east of downtown Naples.

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Interesting little meuseum

My Husband and I stopped into this museum and we were very impressed! I always like to learn about the history of the places we visit and this museum was jam-packed with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Garden Grove, California
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Garden Grove, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My Husband and I stopped into this museum and we were very impressed! I always like to learn about the history of the places we visit and this museum was jam-packed with interesting information about the area! We particularly enjoyed the informational videos.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had some time to spare before heading out on our airboat adventure so we stopped in at the museum. We are so glad we did!!! It is a small museum but packed with incredible information about the area. We also took time to watch the videos in the back. They were really interesting!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Popped in here just before closing. An interesting little museum which tells you the history of the Everglades and the city.

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Kleinblittersdorf, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Needed to wait 2 hours for an airboat ride and decided to visit the museum. It is really a small museum, but the team which operates love the job. Entering with 3 kids they have a nice present for each kid - I will not tell you what it is- just figure it out 👍. And by the way no... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We make a quick stop into the museum. It's very well cared for and its educational. The staff is friendly and gave my son a pencil that changes colors, which he liked. There was a summer camp group visiting the museum and the kids were having fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was just exploring the little town of Everglades City and saw signs for this museum. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside its filled with interesting exhibits tracing the area's development from the earliest Native American settlers through it's boomtime as a company town as the Tamiami trail was being built to a devastating hurricane to the... More 

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Valrico, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

This little gem is worth an hour or two of your time. We learned about Mr. Barron Gift Collier and his contribution to Florida. We also learned about the early settler days of the Everglades and the monikers that reference some form of hell given to surrounding towns. I can't imagine how people lived without bug spray in these parts!... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

We (parents, 10 yo and 8 yo) weren't looking for anything like this when we drove through Everglades City. But we had some time so we stopped to check it out. It is an interesting museum because the history of the Everglades is so interesting. It is free! (they do take donations). You won't want to spend all day there... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

What an interesting place. Loved it, super friendly staff!! We happened to be there on the day of a July 4th parade so bonus but would recommend stopping in there

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

This small museum covers the area's history with photos, films, books, artifacts that are well displayed and easy for all ages to read and understand. There is no charge, only a donation. The front area of the museum has different offerings throughout the year and during the summer of 2016, there is an exhibit of area student artwork that is... More 

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