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.