Stalk prehistoric mastodons with Florida's first big-game hunters, or travel even further back in time, when colossal sharks cruised the warm tropical seas that once covered Southwest Florida.

See ancient shell tools and ceremonial masks and dig up the facts about the Calusa Indian civilization that flourished here centuries before European explorers first set foot on the Gulf coast.

Trace America's little-known wars in South Florida, the heroic journey of the Seminole people, and the origins behind traditional crafts like patchwork, once laboriously stitched together on hand-cranked sewing machines.

Experience the daily lives - and utter isolation - of the first settlers and their families as they arrived on this watery frontier a hundred years ago, and share in the vision of a self-made multi-millionaire who dreamed of taming a wilderness swampland the size of Delaware. Along the way, we'll introduce you to the hardy and colorful folk - the cattlemen, clam diggers, trail blazers, plume hunters, hermits, loggers, railroaders, rum runners, Crackers and Indian traders - who wrote the pioneer history of Collier County.

Nestled on five acres of native Florida landscaping, our flagship museum at the County Government center in Naples offers newly created exhibits and galleries that capture the full panorama of local history. Pack a picnic and linger a while in the museum's shady backyard. Then do a little exploring on your own in our native gardens, restored Naples cottages, the archaeology lab, Seminole village or Calusa Indian camp.

Enlarged twice, the museum's main gallery offers over 10,000 square feet of new displays, plus a traveling exhibit room, and lecture hall.

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Collier Museum at Government Center

3331 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34112
(239) 252-8476
Mon-Sat 9am-4pm

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Collier County Museums

Big Joe's BBQ is hard at work preparing for tomorrow's Pioneer Pumpkin Palooza at Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch!

He's making tacos, tamales, pulled pork sandwiches, and hot dogs - plus desserts!

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We're getting ready for a fun time this Saturday at Pioneer Pumpkin Palooza! Are you joining us for some free family fun? Saturday 10/20 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM at Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch!

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1 week ago

Collier County Museums

Florida in the fall may not be ideal for growing pumpkins, but it’s perfect for gourds! Staff at Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch have planted birdhouse bottle gourds this year. The vines are planted next to an arched trellis, so that they will eventually create an arbor and the gourds will hang down inside the arch. This keeps the gourds from lying on the ground and spoiling.

Once they’re ripe, the gourds will be picked and dried. Next summer and fall they’ll be used as the basis for craft projects with summer campers and school children.

We’ll keep you updated as the growing progresses. In the meantime, stop out and visit the Collier County Museums so you can see the progress for yourself! ... See MoreSee Less

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