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Naples Depot Museum

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Address: 1051 5th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102-6413
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+1 239-262-6525
09:00 - 16:00
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Long hidden on the fringe of Florida's Gulf coast and overlooked by...

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.

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A great free museum

Has many old bits of Naples history. The artifacts from the trains remind us of the golden age of travel.

Reviewed 20 August 2016
Naples, Florida
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Port Charlotte, Florida
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60 reviews
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Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Even though admission is free, it's not worth the stop. There are only three rooms of pictures and two antique cars. There are trains on the property but they were locked up for the day.

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Naples, Florida
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67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 20 August 2016

Has many old bits of Naples history. The artifacts from the trains remind us of the golden age of travel.

Thank JayandSam1428
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Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

My kid loved this cute and small museum! It has a lot of historic information about railroads, maritime, road and air transportation in Naples, including population expansion. The real trains bagons outside are a good experience, because you can enter inside and do your mind travel to the past :)

Thank Khitsy P
Brussels, Belgium
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33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

We weren't sure when we drove up, but once inside things got better. It gave a complete history of the railroad in Naples. It was quite informative... The authentic rail cars outside were nice also.

Thank hpbourguignon
Marco Island, Florida
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57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

I was here late July, 2016. The museum is easy to find with a large parking lot. There is train memorabilia, some vintage vehicles, plenty of posters to read. It is overall a nice museum and worth the visit. Outside they have a caboose car you can walk through and two other train cars you can't because they are being... More 

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Marco Island, Florida
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Reviewed 19 July 2016

Great place to take young ones . The train display is really done well and the kids love all the moving parts. Little train ride is also fun . ❤️

Thank Anna G
Naples, Florida
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016

Its a very interesting place to visit they are still working on it.. Right now there's an interesting showing of the "resting in peace" which is very interesting.. And some of the first things in Naples.... Its free but you can make a donation

Thank krisstitcher
Elizabeth, New Jersey
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 26 June 2016

I went with my father and a group from his senior living community. Everything is housed in an original train depot in downtown Naples. Lots of interesting information about the founding and history of Naples and Collier County. A nice way to spend the afternoon.

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Davie, Florida
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185 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

This is a real treat - a free museum with the highest quality exhibits. This place is self-guided, so plan to read a lot of signs. But this is a treasure trove of information not only on the history of the railroad, but of the history of Naples and its surrounding areas. There is really some great artifacts and exhibits... More 

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Duluth, GA, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016

Wonderful for people who want to learn about the history of Naples and early local Indian culture. Many exhibits displayed nicely with copious information. Lots of original material, clothing, tools, etc. Very comprehensive. All inside except for part of original train outdoors that used to connect with Fort Myers. Grounds also host several antique cars each year, and a weekly... More 

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