Marco Island Historical Museum

Marco Island Historical Museum

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
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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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K Langlais
Neenah, WI3 contributions
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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DARAN
Marco Island, FL41 contributions
Nov 2021
Well worth the visit. It is Free but we left a $5.00 donation each. A small museum with a lot of bang! Impressive presentation on The Mackle Bros and development of Marco Island. Early history Barfield family, Mr. Collier and the Pineapple Plantation which once stood on Marco is well worth the tour. The Marco Cat is about four inches tall and well preserved it is there! On loan from The Smithsonian. Early Indians and how they survived is eye opening. A quick hour / hour and a half and you have a very good prospective of The Island Marco.
Written January 18, 2022
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Alice in Naples
Naples, FL231 contributions
Apr 2022
Friends and I visited the museum after a morning at the beach. The exhibits make it easy to take in as much or as little as you wish. There's a video as well as displays about the earliest inhabitants and their artwork, the families who built the modern day community, etc. And, there's a gift shop for souvenirs. Very interesting!
Written April 30, 2022
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Chris C
Marco Island, FL5 contributions
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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mr. Easy
Mount Dora, FL70 contributions
Dec 2020
The story of this Island is worth knowing. Not boring at all! You have to come and learn why you're here! This Island has an interesting background and history to tell. You'll appreciate your visit soooo much more. This is a contemporary style museum with excellent displays and artifacts. Also, has nice gift shop. The best part about it, is it's free to the public. You are encouraged to make a donation of at least 5 bucks. It's well worth it! Take at least 2 hours to absorb all the different levels of time each stage of this island has gone through.
Written December 8, 2020
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Greg S
Loveland, CO54 contributions
Oct 2021
This museum has a great presentation of the history and development of Marco Island. The diorama's and archeological presentations were top notch. The flow through the displays was good, although sometimes lacking clarity in where to next.
Written October 19, 2021
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Joyce F
Sarasota, FL62 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
I grew up in Washington DC and visit the Smithsonian museums there at least once a year when I return to visit my family. I am also a social/cultural anthropologist all this to say that I did not expected to be wowed but I was by the Marco Island Historical Museum! We were fortunate to be there when the “cat” was on site. The natural and native history displays were Smithsonian national Museum caliber. We found ourselves reading every display in the
Pre-European encounter section and spending more time than we expected in this gem.
Written January 24, 2020
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LMKaz
Melbourne, FL35 contributions
Dec 2020
Had no idea of the rich history of the island. The Museum features an excavated Key Marco cat and I learned how Elkcam Street got its name ( Mackle spelled backwards) from the Mackle Brothers who did major developing. Highly recommended. Free!
Written December 3, 2020
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Mako13Man
Dameron, MD633 contributions
Jan 2020
Good museum for finding out about the local history and the Native American Indians that lived here. Cute little gift shop. While we were here there was an ongoing art gallery in the first hall we visited. Looked like all the artwork was for sale. I enjoyed reading and seeing photos of the early settlers of Marco Island and the artifacts that were on display. On loan from the Smithsonian were the Marco Cat carved sculpture as well as carved masks. However, they were very difficult to see in any detail as the lighting behind the glass enclosures was very dim. Enjoyed my visit overall though.
Written February 13, 2020
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FishersGoodrichmi
Goodrich Mi58 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
What a great find. The weather was a bit chilly so we decided to visit Museum and were pleasantly surprised by the displays and the history of Marco Island. Take your time and soak in all the history and displays. Would recommend the museum to anyone. They also have a gift shop that you can walk through and find your own little treasures.
Written February 2, 2020
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