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Southwest Florida

 

Blanchard House Museum

The Blanchard House Museum is an open access, educational institution devoted to the procurement, preservation, study, and display of artifacts and materials related to the history, culture, and contributions of African Americans in the settlement and development of Charlotte County and Southwest Florida. Originally located 3 blocks from its present location, the house was built in 1925 and was moved in 2002.  It was built for the owner, local fisherman Joseph Blanchard and his wife Minnie.  He was born in St. Augustine, and had been a steam boat pilot, and she was a mail order bride from Louisiana.

Featuring: A Taste of Africa on March 5.

For more information visit blanchardhousemuseum.org.

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

For all those who have ever searched for the perfect shell, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is a rare find. It is the only museum in the United States solely devoted to shells and the mollusks that create them. This accredited natural history museum is home to world-renowned malacologist José H. Leal, PhD, marine biologists, and highly-educated volunteers who are passionate about the study of shells, mollusks, and protecting our oceans’ amazing biodiversity. Among its many educational programs, the Museum offers school programs, community outreach programs, and daily beach walks.

For more information on the Museum, please visit shellmuseum.org or call (239) 395-2233.

Collier Museum at Government Center

Collier Museum at Government Center offers exhibits and galleries that capture the full panorama of local history. The main gallery offers over 10,000 square feet of displays, plus a traveling exhibit room, lecture hall, native gardens, restored Naples cottages, archaeology lab, Seminole village, Calusa Indian camp, and more!

 For more information, visit colliermuseums.com.

Golisano Children’s Museum

The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C'mon) is a brain-building powerhouse and Southwest Florida’s first museum devoted for children and families to learn through play. C'mon offers 30,000 square feet of permanent and temporary interactive exhibits and galleries, Backyardville, a Family Resource Library, Discovery Classrooms, a Garden Café, and a Museum Store. This safe and wonderful place inspires children and families to have fun while learning together.

Featuring: Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit through May 5.

For more information, visit cmon.org.

Historic Spanish Point

Historic Spanish Point is one of the largest intact, actively preserved archaeological sites of the prehistoric period on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Discover prehistoric shell mounds, explore how early pioneers established homesteads, and relax in the many formal gardens of the early 20th-century socialite, Bertha Palmer. Explore the expansive outdoor museum at your own leisure, or enjoy a docent-led walking, tram, or boat tours to immerse yourself in the rich history of the area.

Featuring: Archaeology Lecture Series: Tampa Bay Shipwrecks of The Civil War
March 14 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

For more information, visit historicspanishpoint.org.

Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch

Originally home to cattleman Robert Roberts and his family, this 13-acre historic site and museum features exhibits, programs, and fifteen original buildings that tell the story of cow hunters, ranchers, and pioneer-spirited families who struggled to tame this vast wilderness prairie on the edge of the Big Cypress Swamp. 

For more information, visit colliermuseums.com.

John Morgan Ingraham House

The John Morgan Ingraham House is an excellent example of an unaltered, late 19th
century “Florida Cracker House.” The DeSoto County Historical Society restored this property
as a memorial to our pioneer families. The Museum displays period furniture and furnishings of
the Ingraham family and others--as well as information about the area. The Howard and Velma
Melton Historical Research Library in the adjacent Ingraham Seed House offers exhibits and
access to the Society’s archives.

Featuring: 15th annual Pioneer Day on March 16.

For more information visit historicdesoto.org.

Marco Island Historical Museum

Marco Island Historical Museum explores Southwest Florida’s Calusa Indians and brings this vanished civilization to life with displays and a recreated village scene. Temporary exhibits trace this island paradise from its early pioneer roots as a fishing village, pineapple plantation and clam cannery, through its explosive growth in the 1960s.

For more information, visit colliermuseums.com.

Museum of the Everglades

Opened in 1927 as a commercial laundry, Museum of the Everglades dates to a time when construction of the Tamiami Trail was underway and the settlement of Everglades served as the first County seat. Permanent and temporary exhibits feature an in-depth look at over 2,000 years of area history.

For more information, visit colliermuseums.com.

Museum of Florida Art and Culture

The Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC), at South Florida State College (SFSC), brings visitors closer to Florida’s captivating past and its talented present. One can travel 25 million years back to the creation of the Florida geological beginnings, journey forward through the events of our state’s rich history, and take in an array of diverse, thought-provoking, and beautiful works by Florida’s most gifted contemporary artists.

Featuring: Pygmy Fringe Tree Flower Day on March 7.

For more information visit www.mofac.org.

Military Sea Services Museum

The Military Sea Services Museum contains 4,000 square feet of exhibits on the history, traditions and heritage of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and the waterborne branches of the Army, Air Force, U.S. Merchant Marine and NOAA.  On Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 4-5 p.m. we will host a talk on "U.S. Coast Guard Operations in World War II." Museum admission is always free with normal operating hours from noon-4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.  Come visit the Military Sea Services Museum, "Where history comes alive!" 

Featuring: A history talk on U.S. Coast Guard Operations in World War II on March 20.

For more information visit milseasvcmuseum.org.

Naples Depot Museum

Set in Naples’ first passenger train station, the restored Naples Depot Museum takes visitors back to Florida’s railroading heyday and tells how technology and transportation helped Naples grow from a village of 300 souls to today’s glittering Gulf Coast resort. 

For more information, visit colliermuseums.com.

Naples Historical Society

The society’s flagship asset is also its Educational Headquarters—Historic Palm Cottage. This 3500 square foot house-turned museum (which is Naples oldest house, built in 1895) is listed as Landmark in the National Register of Historic Places (listed in 1982). The Cottage serves as the portal to Naples history and is enjoyed by tens of thousands of children, residents and visitors alike.

Featuring: Garden Side Chickee Chat on March 22.

For more information visit NaplesHistoricalSociety.org.

Palmetto Historical Park

Palmetto Historical Park, located in downtown Palmetto, is home to six local historic buildings. We feature a 1914 Carnegie Library that includes the Alice V. Meyers Archive Center, an 1880 Post Office, a 1920 School House, a circa 1900 Cottage, a Military Museum housed in 1940s Pecky Cypress Beach Cottage and a replica Chapel. The Museum hosts many events yearly events, elementary school field trips, and other educational programming.

Featuring: Palmetto’s Annual Heritage Festival Saturday, March 9.

For more information visit palmettohistoricalpark.com

Peter Powell Roberts Museum of Art

Peter Powell Roberts Museum of Art and Cultural Center features a valuable collection of paintings by Florida Master Artist Peter Powell Roberts (1926 - 2014).  His work is renowned for rendering the oft-overlooked Florida minutia in powerful near abstract compositions using oil paint on wood.

The Museum also offers sculptures and rustic furniture made from rare sunken cypress logs salvaged from Florida rivers. The HCA  Museum Gallery in the Museum features rotating exhibits of select regional artists.

Featuring: an exhibit of Florida nature photography by Archbold Biological Station photographer Dustin Angell throughout March.

For more information visit peterpowellroberts.org.

Sanibel Historical Museum & Village

The Sanibel Historical Museum & Village is a walk back in time to the pioneer days of Sanibel, from the 1880s to the 1930s. There are 11 buildings, nine of which are authentic, restored buildings, and two of which are replicas. Visitors can see how people lived, from the Cracker house to the one-room Schoolhouse to the Tea Room and the old-time grocery store. Exhibits are not behind glass but are placed in their "original" positions for visitors to enjoy. Through the museum, the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village is preserving, sharing, and celebrating Sanibel's history.

Featuring: Twilight Talk (a Jeopardy!-style Sanibel History Quiz) March 13 at 7 p.m.

For more information visit sanibelmuseum.org.

Sebring Historical Society

The Sebring Historical Society is both a museum and archives.  In our museum we have displays that shares the history of Sebring and Highlands County. The displays reflect a broad range of our history, from the early resort hotels of the 20s and 30s and early pioneers, to our rich history during WW II.

Featuring: Lunch and Learn with palmetto fiber dolls with Robin Tomberlin Nason on March 13.

For more information visit sebringhistoricalsociety.org.

The Ringling

The Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida and is administered by Florida State University.  It features a historic mansion, art museum, circus museum, historic theater, conservation center, arboretum, and reference library, situated on 66 acres of spectacular Bayfront property in Sarasota. 

Featuring: Natasha Mazurka: Order Systems, opening March 17, 2019.

For more information, visit ringling.org.

South Florida Museum

As the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida's Gulf Coast, the South Florida Museum offers engaging exhibits as well as educational programs that interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. In addition to permanent exhibits, the Museum features a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions, an all-digital Planetarium, and Manatee Rehabilitation Aquarium -- offering something new to discover with each visit.

Featuring: Stelliferous Live taking place on March 27th in the Bishop Planetarium. 

Visit southfloridamuseum.org for more information.

Venice Museum and Archives

VMA has a collection of 30,000+ photographs, archives, objects, and publications pertaining to area history and is housed in the 1927 Triangle Inn building.  The museum engages the public in local history through changing and permanent exhibits, tours of the Triangle Inn, special events, newsletters, social media, as well as onsite and offsite educational outreach programs to youth and adults.

Featuring:  Snook Haven, Movies, Mischief, and Music, on the Myakka

For more information visit venicemuseum.org.