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“History of the Island”

Marco Island Historical Museum
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Owner description: Long famous for its Key Marco Cat- one of the most remarkable and influential discoveries in North American archaeology- the new Marco Island Historical Museum explores Southwest Florida's Calusa Indians and bring this vanished civilization to life with informative displays and an exciting recreated village scene. Temporary and traveling exhibits trace the settlement of this subtropical island paradise from its early pioneer roots as a fishing village, pineapple plantation and clam cannery, through its explosive growth and development in the 1960s by the Miami-based Deltona Corporation.
Reviewed 7 July 2014

A wonderful little museum.The staff is very knowledgeable & there are many artifacts, etc. on display there. There is also short movie about Marco, that pulls it all together. We found it very interesting to know more about the ancient history of the area, as well as the more modern development of Marco Island.

Entrance is free, but a donation is appreciated.

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

On a rainy afternoon, we stopped at the museum. I was glad we did. It was very interesting and there was an art exhibit going on at the same time. Be sure to take time to watch the video, it was informative. Since this was our first trip to Marco Island, I was glad to learn about the history and development. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I bought several things at the gift shop as souvenirs and I thought the prices were reasonable. There was no entry fee, but I was happy to make a donation as we were leaving.

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Reviewed 2 July 2014

The museum itself is fairly modern, relatively large and well kept. It provides a satifactory and enchanting overview of South-West Florida's history, starting from the original natives and now extinct Calusa Indians, to the arrival of rail and road to remote town of Everglades City. The exhibits themselves are of high quality and relevance, some examples being the lifelike (wax?) Calusa manikins, some of their original tools and jewelry and edifying displays of their art. The museum also features a dynamic showroom used for various original exhibitions (at one time even showcasing the famous "Key Marco Cat" on loan from the Smithsonian). During our visit they had a gallery up of photographs from a local student, which was very respectable and contained shots of the island itself and various indigenous flora and fauna.

OVERALL well worth the trip and a day or more of your time. REMEMBER that it is one of five Collier County Historical Society's Museums, but it could easily stand alone with the comprehensive amount of material covered.

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

This is a very nice museum that gives you the history of Marco Island, Florida. There are nice displays and an interesting video. There is also a nice little gift shop!

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

My 22 year old daughter and I spent an hour at the museum on a rainy afternoon. We were pleasantly surprised. The staff were friendly and helpful with the history of the island. The video presentation gave the visitor facts in the development of Marco Island. There were also photos depicting the island's development. In addition, a local artist's paintings were displayed highlighting some of the area's best known insects, birds, wildlife as well as landscapes. Well worth an hour of your time on Marco Island. Don't miss it!!

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