Friends of the Collier County Museums

Naples, FL, United States, 3331 Tamiami Trail E 34112 - United States

Art, Culture, Humanities

The Friends actively contribute funds, professional services, and countless volunteer hours to support the Collier County Museum’s collections and exhibitions.

Our organization's mission is to provide a wide base of public support for the Collier County Museum and to encourage its development as a cultural and educational institution of excellence.

The Friends actively contribute funds, professional services, and countless volunteer hours to support the Collier County Museum’s collections and exhibitions.



The Adventure Starts Here!
Collier County’s flagship museum, located at the County Government center in Naples, offers newly created exhibits and galleries that capture the full panorama of local history.You’ll discover mastodons, saber cats, and other prehistoric animals, learn about Calusa and Seminole Indians, and meet the frontier families and trailblazers whose lives and dreams shaped the early history of Collier County. Located just minutes from downtown Naples, the museum features permanent and changing exhibit galleries, two historical homes, Seminole chickees, a recreated log fort, steam logging locomotive, swamp buggies, archaeology lab and much more, all nestled among five acres of shaded walkways and native Florida gardens.Don't forget to shop at the main Museum Gift Shop. It is chock full with one of the best selections of books about Florida, unusual gifts, local items, and specialty items that coincide with exhibitions, lectures, and special events.


The Reign of the Train
Long hidden on the fringe of Florida’s Gulf coast, Naples’ catalyst for settlement arrived in the Roaring Twenties when two rival railroads rolled into town within ten days of each other. The Depot was built in 1927 by the Seaboard Air Line and played an important role in the development of the Naples area until it’s closing in 1971. Exhibits include: Seminole dugout canoes, a mule wagon, antique swamp buggy, restored rail cars and exciting interactive exhibits tell the story of how trade and travel transformed Naples from a napping village of 300 souls into today’s glittering Gulf coast resort.


Room to Roam
Immokalee, Collier County’s largest inland community, has long been linked with sprawling cattle ranches and a thriving agricultural economy. First occupied by the Calusa Indians and later by the Seminole, the area has seen a colorful mix of hunters, trappers, cowmen, missionaries and Indian traders since it was first settled in 1873. Early pioneers renamed the town “Immokalee” in 1897 after a Seminole word meaning “my home” or “his home.”Originally home to cattleman Robert Roberts, this 15-acre living history museum offers a rare glimpse of daily life on an actual Southwest Florida ranch from the early 1900s. Displays and 19 carefully preserved buildings tell the story of those who struggled to tame a sprawling wilderness on the edge of the Big Cypress Swamp at the turn of the last century. National Register of Historic Places listed site.


The Museum of the Everglades in historic Everglades City, Florida, is devoted to displaying local history from early Native American times to the present.Permanent exhibits tell the story of adventurers stubborn enough to persevere in Southwest Florida’s “Last Frontier”. The Pauline Reeves Gallery offers monthly exhibits from local, and regional artists.


Long famous for its Key Marco Cat- one of the most remarkable and influential discoveries in North American archaeology- the Marco Island Historical Museum explores Southwest Florida’s Calusa Indians and brings this vanished civilization to life with informative displays and an exciting recreated village scene. Temporary and traveling exhibits trace the settlement of this subtropical island paradise from its early pioneer roots as a fishing village, pineapple plantation and clam cannery, through its explosive growth and development in the 1960s by the Miami-based Deltona Corporation.

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