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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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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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AN AREA TREASURE

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2016
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Sarasota, Florida
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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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Kissimmee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

If you ever get down here to Everglades City be sure to stop by the Museum of the Everglades and see Martha Hutcheson...a docent there. She's a local and can tell you everything about the area. We spent 2 hours talking to her! She's a walking history book! Be sure to watch the films in back of the museum.

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Murray, Utah, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Great museum; there were approximately 5 short films on the area; only drawback -- electric power went out while we were out - I guess it happens quite a bit in the town

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Bay Shore, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

This is a small but good museum if you're interested on the history of the Everglades. Located in the small town of Everglades City, this museum is fairly easy to find, there are signs around everywhere pointing in the right direction. When we went apparently there was no electricity in town!! This didn't ruin the experience too much except not... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

So glad I found this museum. The exhibits are wonderful and really enjoyed the 4 DVDs that were played for viewing. The gentleman at the entrance was very pleasant and helpful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

We had such a great time in the museum. Everything was very organized and interesting. The manager, Martha, was very helpful and knew a lot of history. Visiting the museum was a very nice and cultural experience.

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Ocala, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

Went to the museum, spent about 1 hour seeing exhibits and watching film clips. All was very informative. A must see when in Everglades City.

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

This is a really nice and informative little museum right in the middle of Everglades City. It does a very good job of explaining the history of the area. For a town with a population of only about 400 people, this is a really upscale and well-done museum!

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Albany, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

My wife and I spent an enjoyable couple of hours touring this museum. It has the feel of the Old South, and is a great place to get a better understanding of how southwest Florida developed. The short movies were very informative. I would highly recommend spending an hour or two browsing through this museum if you are visiting Everglades... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

Nice small museum, free admission, with history of the Everglades, the Tamiami Trail, and Barron Collier, the developer of the region. Has a lot of small photo exhibits and several movies playing in the back. Definitely a nice thing to stop by and get a feel of the area and its history.

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