No matter what part of Collier County you are in, local history is only a short drive away. From prehistoric mastodons to the Calusa Indian civilization that once made Southwest Florida its home, Collier County is sure to have something at its five museums that will pique your interest.
And admission is free.
The Collier County Museum, located at 3331 Tamiami Trail E. on the main government campus, offers many artifacts from the Calusa Indian civilization, which flourished here centuries before European explorers first set foot on the Gulf Coast. The museum also offers a comprehensive history of the Seminole Tribe and much more local history.
Historic artifacts on display at the Collier County Museum
The Naples Depot Museum, located at 1051 5th Ave. S. in downtown Naples, welcomes visitors back to the boom days of the Roaring Twenties and explains how generations of Southwest Floridians used technology and transportation to conquer a vast and seemingly impenetrable frontier.
Village scene at the Marco Island Historical Museum
The Marco Island Historical Museum explores Southwest Florida’s Calusa Indians and brings this vanished civilization to life with informative displays and a recreated village scene.
Florida’s Appian Way exhibit at Museum of the Everglades
The history of Everglades City is told at the Museum of the Everglades, 105 W. Broadway, Everglades City. The museum was once the community’s commercial laundry, but now provides visitors with an in-depth look at more 2,000 years of human.
In eastern Collier County you can explore the Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Robert’s Ranch, 1215 Roberts Ave. W., Immokalee.
Local history and art are not all Collier County Museums have to offer. Special exhibitions, lecture and family-centered programs are offered throughout the year at each Museum facility. And, if you like what you see, consider donating your time by volunteering at one of the museums. Volunteers help to enhance the quality of visits for guests.
Planning an event and want a unique and historically significant setting? Collier County Museums offers several unique facilities that are sure to meet your event needs. Click here for more information.
For more information, please call Public Information Coordinator Daniel Christenbury at (239) 252-6956.