Discover the History of Collier County at the Marco Island Historical Museum
There are countless activities and cultural events to take advantage of throughout Southwest Florida, and the Marco Island Historical Museum has to be among the more exciting and enriching of these to have popped up in recent years. As part of the Collier County Museum System, Marco Island Historical Museum is run by the Marco Island Historical Society with the goal of preserving the history and heritage of their community, specifically the exploration, research, and celebration of Florida’s Calusa Indians.
Background on the Museum
The Marco Island Historical Museum was erected in 2010 through a collaboration between the Marco Island Historical Society and the Collier County Museums. The museum includes a vast array of information about the vanished Calusa Indian civilization, including the artifacts of archeological digs going back to the 1800s, exhibits examining the history of the island from its early days as an Indian settlement and through the years as a fishing village, pineapple plantation, clam factory, and finally to the growth brought about by the Deltona Corporation.
You’ll also be able to enjoy the beautiful outdoor settings of the museum, which includes a variety of native tropical plant and tree species, as well as waterfalls, ponds, a gazebo, and a bronze statue of Key Marco Cat. Get a souvenir of your stay at our gift store as well, which includes examples of local plants and local artists’ paintings, jewelry, clothing, and more.
The history of Marco Island is explored through different permanent exhibits. Here’s a brief look at each of them:
- Paradise Found: 6,000 Years of People on Marco Island – Revealed through a number of interactive displays, this exhibit features artifacts, information, and chronicles of the earliest days of the ancient Calusa Indian civilization, including a full replica of a Calusa Indian village.
- Pioneer Days – Opening this fall, Pioneer Days chronicles the early settlement of Marco Island in the 1800s.
- Modern Marco – Opened in October 2015 on the Mackle Brothers’ 50th anniversary of their first day of sales, Modern Marco traces the development of the island from 1962 through the mid 1980s. Highlights include early architectural models, brochures, a Marco Island Airways airliner, and much more.
Don’t forget to check out some of the traveling exhibits. Each of these is only around for a limited time, so you’ll want to make sure to get here before they’re gone for good. Currently, they are featuring “Here and There: An Art Exhibition by William Ward Moseley. Running from August 2 – October 29, 2016, this exhibit features the bold landscape paintings of Moseley.
Visit Marco Island Historical Museum Today
Marco Island Historical Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and is closed on national holidays. If you’d like any more recommendations or need a way to get around Marco Island, visit Land Rover Fort Myers today!
Photo Cred: Marco Island Historical Museum