Explore our History

The Museum of History is currently closed and in the process of merging with the Imaginarium Science Center of Fort Myers.

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Museum Tour

Typically 90 minutes to explore the exhibits which trace the history of Southwest Florida from pre-historic times to present day including a visit to a Cracker House and 1929 Pullman Train Car (both on the premises) Open Year-round

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MUSEUM

When the railroad sold its track and warehouse on Peck and Monroe Streets in downtown Fort Myers to the city in 1971, a beautiful library was soon built on part of the property, but the old Atlantic Coast Line passenger depot next door was allowed to disintegrate.

By 1975, a popular movement was made to convert the dilapidated building into a local area museum. With considerable publicity from the local newspaper, a special group of citizens raised over $400,000 to help defray the cost of conversion, the city agreed to accept the remaining responsibility.

The metamorphosis was complete by April of 1982 when the new museum opened its doors to the public.  Visitors could roam through the corridors and former waiting rooms of the old passenger depot while viewing a variety of exhibits that portrayed the story of Fort Myers, from the early days of the Calusa Indians to the Army airfields of World War II.

The Southwest Florida Museum of History is located at 2031 Jackson Street, just one building south of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in historic downtown Ft. Myers, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Housed in the former Atlantic Coastline Railroad depot, the Museum is home to the history of Southwest Florida. Paleo Indians, the Calusa, the Seminoles, Spanish explorers, and early settlers are just a few of the people you will meet as you view our exhibits. An authentic replica of a pioneer "cracker" house, a 1926 La France fire pumper, and a 1929 private Pullman rail car are also part of the tour.

In addition, the museum houses an extensive artifacts collection detailing early civilizations, the Fort itself, the first settlers, the cattlemen, the turn of the century cattle-town of Fort Myers, the military training airfields, and the agriculture, boating and fishing industries in Fort Myers.

Traveling Exhibits 

There are traveling exhibits throughout the year.


Historical presentations 

Historical presentations include a multi-media and Q & A session. Offered year-round by reservation.


Educational Center & MEETING ROOM

The museum’s Educational Center & Meeting room accommodates up to 55 people and is available for rent—just $50 for two hours. Groups, organizations and clubs are welcome to rent the enclosed room to suit their schedule. 

RESEARCH Archives 

The museum's research archives containing photographs, maps, and documents are available by appointment.