Museums hold the keys to many mysteries and are one of the best ways to really discover any area you visit. The museums you’ll find in Fort Myers vary widely in content and activities. Most are not quiet, buttoned up spaces but more interactive and adventurous.
Take for example the Imaginarium where you can stand in a wind tunnel to see what the area’s tropical weather really feels like, or touch and learn about sea creatures found in local waters.
Perhaps the most famous museum in the Fort Myers area is found at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Hundreds of inventions by Thomas Edison are on display and some may surprise you. A good part of the “museum” is living, the botanical gardens and grounds of the inventor and his friend (car magnate) Henry Ford’s neighboring estate.
Many other museums in the area also have outdoor components. The Calusa Nature Center not only has exhibits but boardwalks through native vegetation where you can often spot wildlife. And the Bailey Mathews Shell Museum hosts beach walks on Sanibel Island; some of the best exhibits are those from Mother Nature herself.
Southwest Florida has a rich history that you are bound to discover at these museum sites.