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“A Fun Afternoon”

Collier County Museums
Ranked #33 of 124 things to do in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Nestled on five acres of native Florida landscaping, our flagship museum at the County Government center in Naples offers newly created exhibits and galleries that capture the full panorama of local history. Pack a picnic and linger a while in the museum's shady backyard. Then do a little exploring on your own in our native gardens, restored Naples cottages, the archaeology lab, Seminole village or Calusa Indian camp. Enlarged twice, the museum's main gallery offers over 10,000 square feet of new displays, plus a traveling exhibit room, lecture hall, and gift shop.
Reviewed October 22, 2013

We visited this museum because I learned that Clyde Butcher's large black and white photos of Cuba, Year of the Mountains, 2002, were currently on exhibit. He is often considered the "Ansel Adams of Florida", usually photographing the Florida Everglades, but also some other areas. The exhibit was great and I also enjoy the paragraphs next to each photo Clyde writes describing the area and usually an anecdote about the experience.

This museum has a large outdoor area with other exhibits, including a 1920s cabin, restored ferryboat, swamp buggy, and other items. Be sure to get a map before you begin your self guided tour. We didn't do that and only saw the map as we were leaving. We missed some things outside.

Call before you go to check hours. They, like many things in Florida, are seasonal.

Thank Barbara V
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

We were greeted warmly upon entering the museum, and were given a brochure outlining the self-guided tour. The grounds were well kept, and exhibits were interesting. It was a bit of a dichotomy standing in the primitive Seminole Village, with the thatched roof, and hearing the noises of the bus terminal which is right outside the museum grounds. But other than that, this takes you back in time, with several nice pieces of memorabilia in the cottage, as well as inside the museum proper.

The most interesting part for us was the George G. Huntoon Gallery with an entire room full of different species of animals, reptiles and birds. This was also the most disappointing room, as most of the specimens are not labelled, which sometimes leaves you wondering what you are looking at!!

This is a free attraction, with free parking. The museum is set well back from the road near the Court house, and bus terminal, but it is well marked with signs off of Tamiami Trail.

Thank 4givN
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

There are 2 sites in Naples and one on Marco Island. Free to anyone and very interesting history on the culture, economic history of the area

Thank John B
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

As a Naples, Fl. native, I have been to the museum several times. Our family goes every year in for the Olde Florida Festival which is typically in March. While we go for the outdoor exhibits and show, etc. The museum is also open and we always take the time to walk though and look at the older and new exhibits, Naples Airport was originally an Airforce base and there are exhibits dedicated to that history. There is a historic Naples cottage that was moved to grounds from Olde Naples (near beach) where it was originally constructed and an out of service locomotive on the grounds. There is also an interesting (if a little morbid) exhibit of stuffed animals that were collected in the area in by gone days, it also includes some exotics. Many extoic plants and animals were brought into the area due to out tropical climate and though they are being removed to make sure there is a habitat for indigenous items they are still part of Naples history and examples of them can be found on the museum grounds. If you check the web-site they have a list of events that may coincidence with your visit.

Thank John W
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Went here to attend three of the free lectures which are a little short but interesting. The walk through display room is brief but well done. I liked the 5 acre park out back with several buildings, a boat and train car. This museum is taxpayer supported so is free.

I still prefer visiting Palm Cottage run by the Naples Historical Society ($10) because you can see and walk through a historic house with excellent docent guided tours. And the adjacent garden is also well done.

Thank beachpaul504
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