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Museum of the Everglades

105 West Broadway, Everglades City, FL 34139
+1 239-695-0008
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A beautiful little diamond in the Everglades

The Everglades has an amazing history that few folks know or study. A well spent 45 minutes can... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
Patricia V
Nice little museum

The history of the development of the Everglades communities was very interesting. The museum is in... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2016
Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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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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105 West Broadway, Everglades City, FL 34139
+1 239-695-0008
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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...More

Thank Patricia V
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.

Thank Moosenearchicago0
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...More

Thank Jim E
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...More

Thank Will33868
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 .

Thank Mageneze
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.

Thank OurWanderingCasa
Reviewed 3 December 2016

Do watch the 4 videos that set the scene for Everglades city, really interesting. This could have been a "model' city were it not for the slump and the great depression. Really informative. free!

Thank BigCheeseOxford
Reviewed 30 November 2016

Great displays with lots of information about the local history. Very interesting objects and informative videos to watch also.

Thank 489sylvia2016
Reviewed 27 November 2016

It answered many of our questions about the local history incl the dredging and making of the Tamiami Trail. Also good info about the original peoples of the area, and everglade habitats, plants and animals. This isn't a large place but we spent a good...More

Thank Carrie T
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Great displays. Lots of information. Informative video to watch. If you are in Everglades City you should definitely stop in here to learn a bit of the local history.

Thank wildflowerwest
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Hi! We will be visiting Everglades City on Wednesday 25th March - a couple of questions: Is the museum open on a Wednesday and, if so, what are the opening hours? Thank you!
3 March 2015|
Response from CollierMuseums | Property representative |
The Museum of the Everglades is open Mon - Sat 9 am to 4 pm. I hope you enjoy your visit.
Cost for the museum
27 January 2015|
Response from CollierMuseums | Property representative |
All 5 Collier County Museums are free of charge. Enjoy your visit!