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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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09:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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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 story of the Tamiami Highway is very interesting. One can only imagine how difficult those days must have been. And today, we take everything for granted. 10,000 Islands... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting, well presented and memorable picture presented of the lives of the people in this area many years ago. Glad to be there in 21st century! Good air conditioning thank goodness!

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Mission, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The story of the Tamiami Highway is very interesting. One can only imagine how difficult those days must have been. And today, we take everything for granted. 10,000 Islands.. Everglades City.... very interesting.... don't miss it.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are glad we found this place and took the time to enjoy it. The short videos were professionally done and held our interest. We discovered some surprising things about this little city, and you will too.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A small, free museum in Everglades City which was very interesting and informative. It is located in an old building that used to be the city's laundry. It contains artifacts, exhibits and four short films explaining the history of the area, Everglades City and building the Tamiami Hwy. When we were there, there was a wonderful photography exhibit in the... More 

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Hamburg, New York
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We happened upon this wonderful gem. Anyone visiting the area should stop in to learn about the hsitory of Everglades City and the Everglades. The displays are very well done. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. We learned so much from the information provided and the well presented artifacts. This a must-visit site.

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Thank Kevin S
Northampton, MA
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

This excellent little museum gives you an overview of different characters and events in the history of Everglades City and the Everglades. Has items which would even be interesting to children, like a machine from its days as a laundry. Our group also had an interesting walking tour of Everglades City from Martha. Building saved from ruin by the determination... More 

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Thank BrewsMom
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

This is a small but informative self guided museum. It is basicly the ground floor of a large home. In addition to the displays, there are 4 short videos. Our grandchildren were not impressed but the adults thought it was fantastic. I would recommend an hour for a visit. It is free but accepts donations. Very easy to locate.

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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

From the outside it appears small, but inside the history is great! This was once an old laundry building with many well preserved artifacts, pictures and stories of the area. The history of Hurricane Donna is shared here as well as the gentleman who ran a business, made his own money and paid his workers with it so they could... More 

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Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

We stumbled unexpectedly across this place and are so glad we did. Martha was unbelievably friendly and advised us about many things we wanted to do in the area, much better than the actual tourist information Center 3 miles out of town. Due to her, we found a place to eat alligator and a place to watch dolphins, just over... More 

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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

This small museum is full of interesting history of the area. After looking thru the museum I enjoyed watching the videos they had produced about the area. This is free and must see event while in Everglades City.

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