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Museum of the Everglades
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Owner description: 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.
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

Great videos. Very interesting exhibits. Loved the photos on exhibit.

Visited November 2011
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“A lot of reading, but neat place.”
Reviewed 7 March 2011

This museum is free (donations requested), so for the price I really cannot complain! There really is not much to see however. It is self guided tour, and mostly just reading a lot of posters. There are a couple of videos to watch, and they are pretty neat. If you have a little time to pass, it is a neat place to go see, but I would not go out of your way to visit it.

Visited March 2011
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“A very nice small museum - worth a stop”
Reviewed 20 January 2010

This interesting museum is located in a 1927 building that was once a commercial laundry, and the building itself is worth a look. The museum covers the history of the Everglades including much about Barron Collier, who first opened up this area.

Although not large, the museum gives a comprehensive overview of the area. There are many good displays, and everything is clean, nicely presented and well organized. The docent when we were there was very friendly and knowledgeable.

There is no entrance fee, but donations are gladly accepted and it's well worth stopping in to learn some of the local history. It is open Tuesday through Saturday.

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