Visit one of the many SW Florida and Naples Museums and learn about the history of the region.
Looking for something to do and at the same time learn a little more about Naples and its early history. If so, visit any of the following SW Florida / Naples Museums:
Naples Museums – The Collier County Museum
Located in a five acre historic park, the Collier County Museum features native Florida gardens, wildlife exhibits, a Calusa Indian camp, two historic Naples cottages a restored 1910 steam locomotive, vintage swamp buggies, interesting displays and an archaeology lab. Journey back in time and learn about prehistoric mastodons, fierce saber cats, Calusa and Seminole Indians and the earlier pioneers who wrote the history of Collier County. The museum offers over 10,000 square feet of displays, a traveling exhibit room, lecture hall and gift shop. To learn more, visit the Collier County Museum web site.
3301 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, Florida 34112
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and originally home to cattleman Robert Roberts, this 15 acre living history museum provides a rare glimpse into the daily working life of a 1900s pioneer homestead and citrus grove.
Learn about the early cow hunters, pioneer families and ranchers who tamed this vast wilderness on the edge of the Everglades and Big Cypress swamp. Exhibits, original buildings and living history programs bring the early days back to life. To learn more, visit the Immokalee Pioneer Museum web site.
1215 Roberts Avenue
Immokalee, FL 34143
The Marco Island Historical Museum opened its new facility in June of 2010. Here it explores Southwest Floridaâ€™s Calusa Indians and brings this vanished civilization back to life with informative displays and an exciting recreated village scene. Highlights include a natural history exhibit which illustrates the various aspects of daily Calusa life, a Chickee Hut Temple built atop a shell mound, and a traditional gallery that showcases what we know about the Calusa and how we know it. The centerpiece of the museum is the Key Marco Cat, one of the most remarkable and influential discoveries in North American archaeology. To learn more visit the Marco Island Historical website.
180 S. Heathwood Dr.
Marco Island, Fl. 34145
Palm Cottage was built in 1895 by Walter Haddeman and is the second oldest home in Naples. Located just one block east of the Naples Pier in Olde Naples, it is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The walls and foundations are constructed with tabbie mortar which is produced by burning the local sand and sea shells and then mixing the results with lime and seawater to produce mortar.
After the death of Mr. Haldeman, it was sold to Walter O. Parmer in 1916 who gave it the name Palm Cottage. During the1940s, Palm Cottage hosted such guests such as Gary Cooper, Robert Montgomery, and Heddy Lamar. The house was restored in 1996 at a cost of over $300,000.00 and today is operated as a museum by the Collier County Historical society. Furnished with original 19th century furniture and period photographs, it is open daily for tours. To learn more, visit the Palm Cottage web site.
137 12th Ave S
Naples, FL 34102-7002
Located in Everglades City, visit the Museum of the Everglades and explore the history of Collier County. Dating back to when Everglades City was a small settlement of fewer than 12 families, the beginning of Barron Collier´s real estate empire and the construction of the Tamiami Trail, the museum provides visitors with a look back at over 2,000 years of human history and tells the story of the pioneers who were stubborn enough to settle Florida´s last frontier. First open in 1927 as a commercial laundry, the museum has been fully restored to its 20´s appearance and is listed on National Register of Historic Places. To learn more visit the Museum of the Everglades website.
105 West Broadway
Everglades City, FL 34139
Return to the roaring days of yesterday at Naples Depot Museum. Located in Naples first passenger train station in Olde Naples and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum recreates the railroading days of a bygone era. Restored railroad cars and fascinating exhibits and historic artifacts tell the story of how travel and trade transformed Naples from a sleepy village to today´s Gulf Coast paradise. There is also an extensive model railroad layout and miniature train rides for the kids. To learn more, visit the Naples Depot Museum website.
1051 5th Avenue South
Naples, FL, 34102