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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
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 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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Really great little free museum

Do watch the 4 videos that set the scene for Everglades city, really interesting. This could have been a "model' city were it not for the slump and the great depression. Really... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Do watch the 4 videos that set the scene for Everglades city, really interesting. This could have been a "model' city were it not for the slump and the great depression. Really informative. free!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great displays with lots of information about the local history. Very interesting objects and informative videos to watch also.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It answered many of our questions about the local history incl the dredging and making of the Tamiami Trail. Also good info about the original peoples of the area, and everglade habitats, plants and animals. This isn't a large place but we spent a good hour there (without the video), and it's somewhere cool on a hot day. 5/5 is... More 

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Grantsville, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great displays. Lots of information. Informative video to watch. If you are in Everglades City you should definitely stop in here to learn a bit of the local history.

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small museum but filled with interesting objects and history. The self-controlled videos are interesting. In particular the building of the Tampa Miami Highway is historically significant for the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We popped in as we were staying in the town overnight. The museum is well worth a visit. It looks small from the outside but is much bigger inside. We spent ages here as there is so much to learn about the area and the history of the place.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum! Lots of information about the area with pictures and exhibits. Friendly staff. Had local art to view as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

This little museum has loads of information on Collier County, the Everglades, Tiamiami Trail, the natives, etc.... great exhibits. Very well laid out and informative. My husband and I were both impressed. As others mentioned there is a donation box and they do have some items for sale- photo and cook books, t-shirts, etc.... there is a rotating gallery in... More 

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Thank you for visiting the Museum of the Everglades. We are glad you enjoyed it. Please visit one of our other free County Museums if you are able. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

You can see the whole museum in about an hour. Free admission. Great place for learning about the local history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

The museum is too small, there is no admission fee, but they do take donations to keep the museum open. The museum is not that big, but it is very informative, you get a walk down the history of the everglades and more.

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