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The flagship location of Collier County Museums' excellent five-campus empire, the Collier County Museum retraces nearly one million years of Southwest Florida history. The more than... Read More
The flagship location of Collier County Museums' excellent five-campus empire, the Collier County Museum retraces nearly one million years of Southwest Florida history. The more than 10,000-square-foot space spans exhibits as diverse as prehistoric mastodons, ceremonial masks made by indigenous peoples and the first settlers' struggle for survival. The skeleton of an Ice Age giant ground sloth hanging from the ceiling greets visitors. You can also explore attractions outside, including the museum's native gardens, restored cottages, a vintage swamp buggy that kids can climb into, a working archaeological lab, a 1910 steam locomotive from the county's cypress-logging era and a recreated Seminole fort and Calusa Indian camp.
- Mon-Sat 9am-4pm
- Free; Donations Appreciated
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: It is the best historical museum in the county hands down; admission is free, but donations are accepted.
- Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: In a park setting, it has natural kid magnets such as a prehistoric giant sloth skeleton, fort, locomotive and swamp buggy.
- Best for Museums Because: The Naples' area first and definitive historical museum, it presents history in an entertaining fashion.