Marco Island Historical Museum
Type: Art & Culture, History Museums, Museums
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... Read More
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 significant archaeological discoveries in North America. The most famous of his excavation finds was a 6-inch wooden effigy that's come to be known as the Key Marco Cat. A super-sized bronze replica presides over the courtyard, which was constructed to simulate the tribes' shell mounds. Inside the still-developing museum, two exhibit rooms are devoted to Calusa culture. The Calusa and Their Legacy exhibit revolves around a recreated Calusa village with a temple and other realistic vignettes. One room is devoted to Marco Island's early development and pioneer days. The museum also hosts traveling exhibits.
- Free Things to Do: "Visit the website to learn about changing traveling exhibits at the museum."
- Things to Do on Marco Island: "The long-awaited Key Marco Cat Smithsonian exhibition is visiting the museum through April 12, 2021."
- Museums: "Combine a visit to the museum with the Otter Mound Preserve for a full-on Calusa experience."
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: A work-in-progress, the free museum specializes in ancient Calusa culture.
- Best for Things to Do on Marco Island Because: Marco Island's premier cultural attraction, it focuses on its ancient Calusa civilization.
- Best for Museums Because: It underscores Marco Island's historical importance as a capital of the erstwhile Calusa culture.