Marco Island Historical Museum

Marco Island Historical Museum: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Marco Island Historical Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Marco Island Historical Museum

Marco Island Historical Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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 explores 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.
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Chris C
Marco Island, FL5 contributions
A wonderful place to spend a couple hours.
Jun 2021
This museum has a wonderful exhibit of Marco Island from its ancient days to today. The exhibits are very well done, information is very well written, photos are terrific and the recreations of the Calusa indian culture and lifestyle are beautifully done. It's very clever, very well laid out and easy to walk through and absorb. It has art and games, related puzzles and crafts stations for children. The interactive exhibits are beautifully done with high tech displays.

The exhibit features The Key Marco Cat, one of the finest pieces of Pre-Columbian Native American art ever discovered in North America. At only six inches tall and carved from native hardwood, the Key Marco Cat is a charismatic anthropomorphic feline statuette that has captured the public's imagination for more than a century. It's on loan from the Smithsonian to the Marco museum for two years, along with the actual masks worn by the Calusa and other artifacts from their culture.

Donations of items and information and photographs of local residents add unique and personal elements to the display.

It is an ideal place to spend and hour....or two with friends, family or on your own. You'll look at Marco Island, its surrounding environment and SW Florida in a whole new and better informed way.

And the museum gift shop has great items and art and souvenirs.

Run, don't walk, to the Marco Island Historical Museum!
Written June 13, 2021
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J B
Denton, TX113 contributions
Great Local History Museum
Jun 2021
This is NOT your typical local history museum. This is a professionally curated museum with fascinating and informative exhibits. No trip to Marco is complete without a visit to this place (and its lovely gift shop).
Written June 12, 2021
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Carmen
Merrimack, NH11 contributions
Great History!
May 2021
Great little museum, I would recommend for a historical view of Marco Island. Lots of artifacts and info.
Written May 24, 2021
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frankbC1555PV
Chicago, IL1 contribution
A true gem in marco
Apr 2021
For a small town this museum packs a lot of history from several thousand years up to today. You will miss something amazing if you bypass this place
Written April 24, 2021
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phelpsusa
Orlando, FL729 contributions
Great free museum, good history, mostly pictures and posters, the Indian exhibit was not interesting
Apr 2021
Great free museum, good history, mostly pictures and posters, the Indian exhibit was not interesting. The development story and fight was very interesting. Watch the 26 minute video.
Written April 10, 2021
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Jim
5 contributions
Pop in
Mar 2021
Nice little place with a lot more history than one would expect. Great story on Marco Island. In and out in 40 minutes.
Written April 2, 2021
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K Langlais
Neenah, WI3 contributions
Interesting Museum
Mar 2021 • Family
Very interesting history about Marco Island and the native Caluso and Muspa Indians. The Marco cat is so unique and an interesting piece of Marco Island history. The gift shop had a number of reasonably priced items, some from local artisans. The glass sculptures were especially reasonable in price, and make for great souvenirs. The museum is free. Great activity for when you need a break from the mid-day sun or if it rains.
Written March 28, 2021
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Lisa H
Cleveland, OH43 contributions
Very educational and neat!
Feb 2021
Loved learning about the Marco Cat and the Calusa and Muspa Indians. Amazing to see the transformation of Marco Island over the years.
Written February 19, 2021
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Jim P
15 contributions
Good history of Marco Island
Feb 2021
Highly informative history of the people and area of Marco Island from the Native American people to present day. It was fun to watch some early films/documentaries of the island.
Written February 18, 2021
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Meanderalongwithme
12 contributions
What a gem! Add it to your list!
Feb 2021 • Couples
Make time for this little museum. It packs a lot of punch! It exceeded our expectations and we learned a lot about the island.
Written February 14, 2021
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  • Tue - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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