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“Great Local History Museum--Must See--Pleasant Surprise!”

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.
Reviewed 19 January 2018

This museum's focus is on Marco Island history dating back centuries. Exhibits show visitors how the native Calusa tribes lived and later times as European settlers arrived. More modern history is covered too from the late 19th thru 20th centuries. Many artifacts with detailed descriptions bring the history to life along with realistic dioramas. For a "local museum", visitors will find the displays very professional and they compare very favorably with those of much larger museums.

1  Thank Tim R
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"native americans"
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"early settlers"
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"great displays"
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"great place to learn"
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"new section"
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"original inhabitants"
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"interesting exhibits"
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"local history"
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

We've been coming to Marco for over 20 years, but have never known the history of the island. On a cold and rainy day in January, we decided to visit the museum, and we're definitely glad we did. It was very informative and we learned a lot about the first people that inhabited the island, the pioneer age, and how Marco became the developed island it is now. It is a great rainy day activity and a wonderful exhibit if someone is looking to learn more about Marco's history.

1  Thank KokoYK
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

Presents the historic narrative of Marco Island. Very informative with wonderful staff. Feel free to ask many questions as they are very helpful. Highly recommend.

1  Thank Quinn P
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

This is a kid friendly museum with outdoor exhibits as well as indoor. A true history of Marco Island from the Callusa Indians through the development of the island. Lots of artifacts and memorabilia. You exit through a nice gift shop with something for everyone!

1  Thank Francine K
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Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

Three periods of local history. Pre-historical native Americans, 1800’s farming and development, and 1960 to present. Nothing fancy but well presented and friendly knowledgeable docents.

Thank Charles C
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