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“Museum”

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.
United States
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

The Museum is free and it has the history of Marco Island. They are expanding it and everyone should stop in to visit.

Visited July 2014
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Marco Island, Florida
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13 reviews
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“History of Marco Island”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

If you are interested in History, please visit the Marco Island Historical Museum. Admission is free and it is very interesting. There is a different art exhibit every week and a very good history of Marco Island and its development. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Museum.

Visited July 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“History of the Island”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited June 2014
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Owensboro, Kentucky, United States
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79 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Worth checking out”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited June 2014
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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“Excellent, Thorough, Engaging Presentation”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited July 2014
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