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Museum of the Everglades

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Address: 105 West Broadway, Everglades City, FL 34139
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+1 239-695-0008
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

Escape Naples' dazzling pace of development for a day and spend a lazy...

Escape Naples' dazzling pace of development for a day and spend a lazy afternoon exploring the history of nearby Everglades City. Once accessible only by boat, this remote frontier trading town took an ambitious new turn in 1923 as the hub of Barron Collier's personal Southwest Florida real estate empire - with a population of fewer than twelve families.

First opened in 1927 as a commercial laundry, today's Museum of the Everglades dates back to a time when construction of the famous Tamiami Trail was well underway and the tiny settlement of Everglades served as the first County seat. The museum's permanent and rotating exhibits provide visitors with an in-depth look at over 2,000 years of human history in the area and tell the story of those adventurous enough - and stubborn enough - to settle Southwest Florida's lush "River of Grass."

Faithfully restored to its original, 1920s Collier-era appearance, the museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located 35 miles east of downtown Naples.

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The museum provides a good story of the history of the city and area. Good videos and interesting exhibits - and it's free.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Doug W
Littleton, CO
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Littleton, CO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum provides a good story of the history of the city and area. Good videos and interesting exhibits - and it's free.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Out friends recommended this and we are glad we went. Very informative to the history and origination of the Everglades. Great pictures and maps of the local area, including the TamiAmi Trail! The building was the previous Laundry House... Provided by local officials for the community!

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Interesting local museum with educational exhibits on Everglades history plus great folk art pieces on exhibit.

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Stop here to learn a bit about the history of the Everglades. It's free! It's small, but has a lot of information and several interesting videos to watch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

The Everglades has an amazing history that few folks know or study. A well spent 45 minutes can give you over 100 years of history and done in an interesting and artistic way. Lots of precious folk art from the locals. I have lived in Florida for 12 years and did not truly understand the importance and development of the... More 

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Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

The history of the development of the Everglades communities was very interesting. The museum is in a cool, little, sleepy downtown area. The museum is quite small. The short videos were quite interesting to watch. Worth an hour visit.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

We nearly drove past this but my wife wanted to drop in. She was a good sport about sitting in a fishing boat for 3 or 4 hours, so my dad and I stopped the car. My elderly father has lived in Naples for years so he opted to stay in the car and read a book, waving us on.... More 

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Polk City, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

A fast and easy way to learn about early Florida history. Four short (8-10) minute videos of its history. Many displays and photographs of the early days. A model of the "Bay City Walking Dredge" used to build Tamiami Trail on exhibit. Part of the Collier County Museums, free admission but donations are welcome.

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Oshkosh, WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

If you enjoy reading historical information you appreciate this free museum (donations). We just went in for 15 minutes or so but if you are in everglades city it is worthwhile .

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Dundas, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Very well done museum. Learned a lot of the history & how the area was settled & developed. Museum is a NP, no admission charge, but well deserving of a donation.

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