Museums That Reveal the Best Attributes of the Naples Area

Visiting a museum is not typically the first thing on the to do list of visitors to the Naples area in Southwest Florida. However those who fall in love with the area – which accounts for the greatest percentage of visitors – are eager to learn more about the social, cultural and natural history of this one of a kind destination. Refer to this list to prioritize which museums you want to see first, depending upon your interests.

Those who are intrigued by the tales of mastodons, ancient Calusa tribesmen, Seminole Wars and the modern history of the Naples area as it developed from an Indian outpost to the modern resort mecca it has become today will find a number of history oriented museums. Begin at the Collier County Museum, whose indoor and outdoor exhibits are the most comprehensive. It was the first of five historical museums that now cover the entire county.

Others who want to learn about the unique environment of Everglades wetlands, beaches and subtropical jungle should head to the Southwest Florida Conservancy and its Nature Center. If you are looking to give your children an easily understandable and hands on lesson on local environment, the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples does an incredible job of engaging families. Other museums focus on art, the Holocaust and transportation.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida
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The Conservancy's Nature Center, which underwent a major up-design in recent years, comprises an indoor and outdoor complex with many facets. The Dalton Discovery Center is an interactive museum where visitors can explore the eco system of...  Read More

Liles Hotel
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Built in 1926, the Liles Hotel is one of the oldest buildings in Bonita Springs, part of a historic plaza in Riverside Park. City workers occupy office space within, but visitors are welcome to peruse its historic exhibits and two-story hallways...  Read More

Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida
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This museum began as a student project, and today its photos, written materials and artifacts take visitors chronologically through the Jewish experience from pre-World War II through post-Nazi liberation. One exhibit is devoted to local...  Read More

Marco Island Historical Museum
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The importance of Marco Island to ancient Calusa Indian civilization, which spread throughout Southwest Florida and even into the Keys, was established in 1896 by archaeologist Frank Hamilton Cushing in what has been called one of the most...  Read More

Naples Depot Museum
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Located in the beautifully restored Seaboard Air Line Railway passenger station in downtown Naples, the Naples Depot Museum tells the story of the city's development and the crucial role railroads played in its transformation from a primitive...  Read More

Museum of the Everglades
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This charming little museum in the midst of Everglades City occupies a renovated historic laundry building, a business that was started by developer Barron Collier to serve the community of road builders during the construction of the Tamiami...  Read More

Old Naples
Palm Cottage
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The Palm Cottage displays a special piece of Naples history. Constructed in 1895, this storied home is on the National Register of Historic Places and is now a museum that has been decorated to reflect its previous 19th-century charm. If the...  Read More

Golisano Children's Museum of Naples (CMON)
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A microcosm of Naples culture and nature in pint-sized stature, C'MON opened in 2012 in a park setting in North Naples. The Naples Trolley is the centerpiece as you enter the 30,000 square-foot hall of the colorful ship-shaped building....  Read More

Collier Museum at Government Center


While visiting museums is not a typical activity for visitors to Naples, Florida, this one is a must-see for those interested in the multi-textured bygones of Collier County. Impressive indoor vignettes and an outdoor historical park take you...  Read More

Baker Museum
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Part of the Artis--Naples cultural center in North Naples, The Baker Museum polishes Naples' reputation for the fine arts. The three-story, 30,000-square-foot museum boasts 15 engaging galleries filled with paintings, sculpture and drawings. The...  Read More


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