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“Worthwhile Stop on Vacation” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Marco Island Historical Museum

Marco Island Historical Museum
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Owner description: 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.
Hudson, FL
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304 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“Worthwhile Stop on Vacation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

This small museum is open Tues. through Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. In September, and some other months in the slow season of Florida, the gift shop closes at 3 p.m. I missed it. There is a box for donations. No cost is required for entrance.

Right now, until 9/28, the museum is featuring photos of the everglades taken by a local photographer. They're mostly pics of birds. For me that was the best part of the museum's exhibits.

The lady at the entrance desk, probably a volunteer, started us on our self tour through the museum, talked a bit about its history and the Marco "cat", an item which was found in an archaeological dig and is now at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. This museum has a replica of the cat and a very large replica of it outside on the grounds, which are quite attractive.

I learned a little more about Marco Island that afternoon. It was a good experience.

Visited September 2012
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English first
Panama City, Florida
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29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Small Museum”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

Nice but small, maybe just right for a small town. It did have a little gift shop. This was a good rainy day trip.

Visited August 2012
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A nice way to spend an hour, especially on a hot day!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012 via mobile

I've lived in Florida all of my life and visited Marco Island as a child, but really knew nothing about it's history. In about an hour, I saw an informative documentary on the development of the island (and realized that my friend's husband's family were the developers!), and learned some things about Florida Indian tribes that I didn't know. It's a great way to get out of the sun for a while and learn all about this beautiful, unique island!

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Thank The_Chungs
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Marco Island, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Calusa Indian village setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

A beautiful new museum set on a simulated Calusa Indian mound. Ancients' exhibits of the Key Marco Cat, Marco Pioneers, Deltona's Development of Marco Island, Traveling exhibits, and Gift Shop.
The Rose History Auditorium is an available community venue.
Very friendly & knowledgable docents. FREE fun for all!

Visited June 2012
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Marco Island, Florida
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68 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“A wonderful, small museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2012

I am biased about this attraction since Marco is my home. To my way of thinking, they have done a great job in putting this together.

Visited February 2012
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