• Visit Edison and Ford Winter Estates
    Visit Edison and Ford Winter Estates
  • The Baker Museum
    The Baker Museum
  • Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida
    Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida
  • Southwest Florida's transportation history at Naples Depot Museum
    Southwest Florida's transportation history at Naples Depot Museum
  • Collier County Museum
    Collier County Museum
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Among the beaches, restaurants and places to shop, there are museums that show Southwest Florida's history dating back to its early pioneer roots. These museums hold artifacts, photographs, videos and exhibits to teach visitors all about the past of the Calusa Indians, automobiles, trains and much more. You'll leave Southwest Florida with a tan and knowledge on how the area has evolved. Here are some museums to visit during your stay:

Edison and Ford Winter Estates

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There are nine historic buildings and 21 acres of botanical gardens at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. On the property is the Edison Ford Museum and Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory which holds many artifacts and inventions. Lauren Kummer via Wochit

There are nine historic buildings and 21 acres of botanical gardens at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. On the property is the Edison Ford Museum and Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory, which holds many artifacts and inventions. The Edison Ford also has special exhibits and offers a variety of tours for all ages. (2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL, 33901 | 239-334-7419 www.edisonfordwinterestates.org)

IMAG History and Science Center 

IMAG History and Science Center is the new and approved combination of the Southwest Florida Museum of History and the Imaginarium Science Center. The new museum tells the story from two different aspects: science and history. Visitors will find that these combined viewpoints help create exhibits like "Tanked". This exhibit explores fish in their natural habitat while also looking at the USS Mohawk, a warship that was purposely sunk in 2012. Next to the Mohawk are artifacts relating to the military like the B-26 bomber plane that crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. There is also a dinosaur exhibit with fossils. (2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers, FL, 33916 | 239-243-0043 www.i-sci.org)

Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida

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The Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida teaches the history and lessons of the Holocaust. The museum provides educational programs and activities. Lauren Kummer via Wochit

The Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida teaches the history and lessons of the Holocaust. The museum provides educational programs and activities to students about the Holocaust. Programs include a lending library, artifacts, traveling exhibits, photographs and an Anne Frank memorial. (4760 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 7, Naples, FL, 34103 | 239-263-9200 www.holocaustmuseumswfl.org)

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

Sitting on 105 acres in Fort Myers, the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is home to three nature trails, a planetarium, a museum, butterfly and bird aviaries and picnic areas. The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium features environmental and educational programs like a nature lab, live animal presentations, a kids laser show and planetarium shows. (3450 Oritz Avenue, Fort Myers, FL, 33905 | 239-275-3435 www.calusanature.org)

The Revs Institute

The Revs Institute has one of the largest archives of automotive history for car aficionados. The collection offers some of the oldest and rarest innovations in automotive history. There are three floors with more than 100 restored  automobiles built between 1896 and 1995 on display. The Revs Institute attracts a worldwide audience so make sure to purchase tickets before you visit. (2500 S Horseshoe Drive, Naples, FL, 34104 | 239-687-7387 www.revsinstitute.org)

Naples Depot Museum

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The Naples Depot Museum is located in the restored Seaboard Air Line Railway passenger station. The station was used in the 'Roaring Twenties' and demonstrates the generations of changing technology and transportation in Southwest Florida. Lauren Kummer via Wochit

The Naples Depot Museum is located in the restored Seaboard Air Line Railway passenger station. The station was used in the 'Roaring Twenties' and demonstrates the generations of changing technology and transportation in Southwest Florida. The museum is home to many interactive exhibits that explain the advancement of travel in Southwest Florida. Also located in this museum is the famous Naples Train Museum. (1051 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL, 34102 | 239-262-6525 www.colliermuseums.com)

Marco Island Historical Museum

Famous for its Key Marco Cat, a discovery made in North American archaeology, the Marco Island Historical Museum features the Calusa Indians’ life through informative displays. This museum holds traveling exhibits, which teaches visitors about the island’s early pioneer roots. The museum recreated the vanished life of the Calusa Indians through a village scene. (180 South Heathwood Drive, Marco Island, FL, 34145 | 239-642-1440 www.colliermuseums.com)

Immokalee Pioneer Museum

The Immokalee Pioneer Museum was originally home to cattleman Robert Roberts and is located in Immokalee. The museum is the longest running ranch in South Florida and gives visitors the opportunity to see what it was like on a pioneer homestead in the early 1900s. There are 20 original buildings that tell the stories of pioneer families, ranchers and cow hunters. (1215 Roberts Avenue, Immokalee, FL, 34142 | 239-658-246 www.colliermuseums.com)

Mound House

Named Estero Island’s oldest standing structure, the Mound House sits on an old Calusa Indian Mound.  It is used as a cultural and environmental learning center and offers many programs like kayak tours, Mound Key boat tours and Caloosa Carvers demonstrations.  (451 Connecticut Street, Fort Myers Beach, FL, 33931 | 239-765-0865 www.moundhouse.org)

Baker Museum at Artis—Naples

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Artis—Naples is home to the famous Baker Museum which holds a diverse collection of art in 15 galleries. Lauren Kummer via Wochit

Artis—Naples is home to the famous Baker Museum which holds a diverse collection of art in 15 galleries. The museum focuses on modern and contemporary fine arts but also hosts many travel exhibitions that complement the permanent collections. The Baker Museum provides educational opportunities through their lecture series for Southwest Florida’s diversified community.  (5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples, FL, 34108 | 239-597-1111 www.artisnaples.org)

Williams Academy Museum

The Williams Academy Museum will give you a glance into the African-American experience in Fort Myers. Located in the Dunbar community in Lee County, the museum was the first government-funded school for African-American students in Fort Myers. Visitors can learn about historically black buildings around Fort Myers like McCollum Hall. (1936 Henderson Avenue, Fort Myers, FL, 33916 | 239-332-8778 www.leecountyblackhistorysociety.org)

Collier County Museum

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Travel back in time at the Collier County Museum to learn all about the Calusa Indian civilization. Lauren Kummer via Wochit

Travel back in time at the Collier County Museum to learn all about the Calusa Indian civilization that traveled here centuries before explorers. At the museum, visitors will be able to experience the daily lives of the first settlers when they arrived to the Gulf Coast hundreds of years ago. The museum holds 10,000-square-feet of displays and a traveling exhibit room. (3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL, 34112 | 239-252-8476 www.colliermuseums.com)

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