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“Good historical introduction to Naples”

Naples Depot Museum
Ranked #20 of 129 things to do in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Long hidden on the fringe of Florida's Gulf coast and overlooked by developers until well into the 1880s, Naples' catalyst for settlement finally arrived forty years later when two rival railroads rolled into town within ten days of each other. Set in Naples' restored Seaboard Air Line Railway passenger station, the Naples Depot Museum welcomes visitors back to the railroading boom days of the Roaring Twenties and explains how generations of Southwest Floridians used technology and transportation to conquer a vast and seemingly impenetrable frontier.Seminole dugout canoes, a mule wagon, antique swamp buggy, restored rail cars and exciting interactive exhibits tell the story of how trade and travel transformed Naples from a napping village of 300 souls into today's glittering Gulf coast resort. The Naples Depot Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is conveniently located in downtown Naples.
Reviewed April 20, 2014

Housed in an historic station, this museum not only covers rail history in this area, but also general history of Naples. Parking and entry are free and easy. Though the information is great, it does have a lot of reading. Displays are well presented. Took us a little over an hour, but we read everything. On weekends there is a small train that circles the building which children love to go on. Definitely worth a visit, particularly on a rainy or cold day.

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Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

The Lionel train display in the back of the depot is a lovely little display, but beware the lady at the ticket window, she's mean!

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Reviewed March 28, 2014

As a museum "groupie" I head for museums everywhere - and I was glad I went to this one. It's in the historic train station just on the edge of the historic district, but covers much more than the railroad history of Naples. There is a display of Seminole canoes, and a few plaques commemorating the sad history of these native Americans (4000 of the 6000 killed in the war against them in the 1830s, and most of the those who remained a few decades later). One of the display rooms was the Black Americans waiting room - although African Americans were among the most loyal of users of the line, they could not sit with white Americans as they waited. Other displays chart the history of the founding of Naples and its early ups and downs (in 1890 the entire town and nearly 9000 acres sold for about $50,000 - which would not buy you even a tiny cottage today).

There is rolling stock outside to explore. Well worth a visit - and there is no admission charge, just make a donation as you wish. I hope to find a dining car café on my return!

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Reviewed March 22, 2014

Today the Naples Deport Museum hosted the 26th annual antique auto show at their location. Parking was made easy courtesy of the local boy scout troop who were there to assist in getting everyone in and parked with little or no hassle. The show offered over 150 vehicles some dating back to the early 1900’s and others more in keeping with today’s classics. Good day to be out and about in downtown Naples.

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Reviewed March 15, 2014

It is located near the Historic downtown area. It can easily be viewed in an hour or less and would be of interest to both children and adults. Items are well presented and give a history of the Naples area and local railroad history.

Thank onthego010
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