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Barbara Sumwalt Useppa Island Historical Museum

Useppa Island, P. O. Box 640, Bokeelia, FL 33922
+1 941-283-9600
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Wonderful Little Museum

We were told this would only take about 25 minutes to walk through but we were told wrong. It could... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
Fort Myers, Florida
This charming historical museum has been called by the Smithsonian "one of the best small museums in America."

If you are interested in the history of Southwest Florida, from Pre-historic up to modern times... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2017
Saint James City, Florida
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Useppa Island, P. O. Box 640, Bokeelia, FL 33922
+1 941-283-9600
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

We were told this would only take about 25 minutes to walk through but we were told wrong. It could have been that with the $5 donation I wanted to take full advantage of my time, but it would have been worth it without that...More

Thank Benzboy06
Reviewed 11 August 2017

If you are interested in the history of Southwest Florida, from Pre-historic up to modern times, this is the place to go. Useppa Island is a very special place with a fabulous history. There have been graves here excavated by University of Florida archaeologists which...More

Thank villagordie
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Great "little" museum with so much information on the birth of the area to practically present day. Loved the timeline, it put Island time in conjunction with world history into perspective. The layout was perfect - bright, colorful and packed with information that wasn't too...More

Thank LEM919
Reviewed 5 February 2017

This museum did a wonderful job of portraying the wonderful history of Useppa Island, teaching us many interesting facts about the importance of this small island in both Florida and U.S. History. This museum is not to be missed when traveling to Useppa Island.

Thank saluki4255
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

From the Calusa Indians to Hurricane Charley and everything in between, this museum will not disappoint. It's amazing how much is packed into this quaint cottage. You will feel like you've stepped back in time.

Thank Linda R
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

This museum offers a self guided audio tour. It's small but packed with history. If you have interest in the ancient cultures that were here long before us as well as more current history of the area then this is the place to see. Thirty...More

1  Thank MarkVoto
Reviewed 15 June 2016

This small museum houses a fabulous history of the island and the immediate area--good displays and professional staff.

Thank keasterling2002
Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

There is a lot of history of this area with frequently changing exhibitions which keep the museum an interesting place to visit. Limited hours of operation so be sure to check on line or call for current hours

1  Thank Judi S
Reviewed 13 May 2016

This museum is located on Useppa Island and offers a great lesson on the history of the area. They have a guided tour that is played over an electronic device. Really cool.

1  Thank Ken S
Reviewed 7 May 2016

A private island accessible only by boat or plane. Most notable in recent history is Baron Collier how used it as a fishing "camp" for friends and tarpon fishing and the interesting history of the Caloosa Indians.

1  Thank mnsheldon
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Sandy W
28 October 2015|
Response from lightandfit | Reviewed this property |
Hello: Hope this will be helpful. I copied it from the museum website. Museum Hours Summer and Fall Daily from 12:00 to 2:00 pm...unless there are no scheduled visitors to the island that day. September…closed on Mondays... More