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The final figures are in and the Marco Island Historical Museum welcomed a record number of visitors in 2016. Approximately 24,500 people visited the museum campus in 2016, up 39 percent from the previous year’s record of 17,645.

Museum Manager Jennifer Perry attributed the increased attendance to a series of popular exhibits and programs, such as a photography exhibit by Clyde Butcher and the museum’s annual Pirate Day, which is always a hit with young families and children. The Marco Island Historical Society also hosted a slew of programs and events that attracted visitors of all ages.

We are thrilled to have such a record year,” said Perry. “The Marco Island Historical Museum has come a long way in a very short time and it is thanks to the support of our dedicated staff, the Marco Island Historical Society and its donors, our county leaders, our amazing volunteer staff and our patrons. We hope the momentum continues throughout 2017 and beyond.”

Less than two months into 2017, the museum has already unveiled two new permanent exhibits -- The Pioneer Era: A Tale of Two Villages and Windows and Doors to History, a special outdoor art gallery. As word of the museum’s quality continues to spread, the staff hopes that 2017 will be another record year.

The busiest months at the museum, perhaps unsurprisingly, occur during the winter “season.” In 2016, more than half of all visitors, 14,706 to be exact (60 percent), came between the months of January and March – an average of 225 people per day. September is typically the slowest month, with only 541 visitors in 2016 (up from 523 in 2015).

The Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free and the site is handicapped accessible.

For general information, visit colliermuseums.com or call 239-642-1440.

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