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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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Good little museum

Quick stop just because we were in the area. There's no charge just a donation box. Lots of info on the Everglades and Everglade city history.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quick stop just because we were in the area. There's no charge just a donation box. Lots of info on the Everglades and Everglade city history.

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Somerset, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum provides a very nice historical review of the region, beginning with the native tribes and continuing through the devastation of Hurricane Donna.

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Estero, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in Everglades City, this nice county run museum offers a lot of local historic information. Spend a little more time to watch the available short videos about the area. They are located at the back of the museum that has chairs set up for watching. The museum runs on donations so please help fund their existence. I... More 

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Safety Harbor, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited this museum on the day a tropical disturbance was lashing SW Florida. Well as life would have it, the electricity was knocked out just prior to my arrival. Not to worry, the hospitality of the staff remained high. This is a nice local museum containing information, artifacts, and a great staff representing the SW Florida area. You will... More 

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Thank you for visiting the Museum of the Everglades. We are glad you enjoyed it, even without electricity! More 

Garden Grove, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 August 15, 2016 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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Chorleywood, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

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 July 30, 2016

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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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016 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 July 23, 2016

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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