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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
09:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

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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Impressive museum

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... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Kevin S
Hamburg, New York
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Hamburg, New York
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Northampton, MA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank BrewsMom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Kathleen R
Mount Vernon, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

Thank RNRVTravler
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Lake Odessa, Michigan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Estero, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While waiting for our restaurant to open, we decided to visit the Museum of the Everglades. Excellent history lesson of the area. Very neat, clean and informative. Make sure you watch the four short videos. The museum is free of charge and we were more than happy to leave a donation.

Thank Diana J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This gave a wonderful overview of the Everglades history. We spent about an hour, and it was well worth the time.

Thank Frances M
Greenville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice to go in for 30 minutes prior to our Speedy tour. Good information about the local area. Definite place to stop if you like to know the history of the area.

Thank Jennifer R
Greenwood, South Carolina
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was fortunate to visit during the annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival 2017. The Museum is small but packed with interesting and well displayed exhibits. Each exhibit tells a bit of the story of the area, the wildlife and the people who settled here. And through the helpful information shared by the friendly staff, each exhibit is enhanced and made... More 

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