Museum of the Everglades - Everglades City Florida
The Museum of the Everglades is located in Everglades City, Florida just
off the circle in the center of town. A showcase for the history of the
Everglades region, the Museum presents the story of 2,000 years of human
habitation with artifacts and period photographs. Education programs,
lectures and events are presented throughout the year.
Opened April 26, 1998, the Museum is in the Old Laundry, one of the
buildings that dates to the time when the Tamiami Trail was being
constructed. Built by Barron Gift Collier as part of his planned
community, the laundry served the people of the new city of Everglades.
Designed and opened as a commercial laundry on October 24, 1927, the
building was used for this purpose until just after World War II. It
was considered a "state of the art" facility.
Collier Development Corporation continued to used the building until
1960 when Hurricane Donna hit Everglades City. The Everglades Woman's
Club received use of the building in 1965 and purchased it in 1972 for a
club house. The Club disbanded in 1988 and donated the site to the
County for use as a museum.
The Friends of the Museum of the Everglades was formed and became
incorporated in 1992. The combined efforts of the Friends, the City of
Everglades City, Florida Department of State, Division of Historical
Resources, and Collier County Government helped restore the graceful
The Museum's operating hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 AM to 4 PM
and is located at 105 W. Broadway. A gift shop and restroom are on
premises. The building is universally accessible. A donation of $2 is
suggested. The turn off to Everglades City is located at US 41 and SR
29. The museum is about 3 miles down SR 29 to the circle. For more
information, or for group tours, please contact Timothy England, Manager,
during museum hours at 239-695-0008, or fax at 239-695-0036.