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Current Exhibits

Roots of Immokalee

August 30 – November 12, 2022

Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch

Every person has a story. The woman in front of you at the grocery store. The man riding his bike down Main Street. The mother taking her children to the neighborhood park after a long day. The friendly man you wave hello to on your way to work. All you have to do is listen. Immokalee resident and writer Maria Plata long knew that in a community as culturally diverse as Immokalee, one could find stories to demonstrate that despite our differences, we can all learn from one another. Finding herself unemployed and restless during the Coronavirus pandemic, she took to the streets of her community to find those stories. The resulting blog-turned-exhibit illustrates the common cares of all people. Perhaps in these stories you’ll find a new idea or perspective, or perhaps you’ll see a little of yourself reflected here as well.

All Collier County Museum locations offer free admission.

Art of the Dig:
Wells Sawyer’s Watercolors

October 11, 2022 – January 19, 2023

Marco Island Historical Museum

Wells Sawyer was the photographer and watercolor artist for the 1896 Pepper-Hearst expedition to Marco Island. Wells’ watercolors helped the public see just how extraordinary the artifacts were. As many items deteriorated due to their exposure to oxygen Wells’ watercolors also proved to be a powerful tool to study them as they originally appeared. This exhibition will include watercolors not previously published.

If you have kids in your group, ask for a special activity kit at the information desk.

All Collier County Museum locations offer free admission.

This exhibit is temporarily closed to host a FEMA recovery center and will reopen on November 15.

From the Great Lakes to the Sunshine State:
Exploring the History of U.S. 41

September 13, 2022 – January 21, 2023

Collier Museum at Government Center

U.S. 41 has never inspired our imaginations in the way of its more famous brethren such as Route 66 or Highway 1. However, its roots go back to the dawn of the automobile age, and it has a long history as a bridge between the Midwest and the South. From the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan to the Gulf Coast here in Naples, the route passes through eight states along the way and crosses the entire width of the country from north to south. The exhibit covers the history of the highway and many of the places of interest along its route.

All Collier County Museum locations offer free admission.

Gearheads in the Glades

November 1, 2022 – January 28, 2023

Museum of the Everglades

This exhibit thoroughly explores the ways that swamp ingenuity was used to modify machines and motor vehicles to traverse and tame the Everglades. Both airboats and swamp buggies were spawned by mixing surplus airplane parts with boats, cars, trucks, and tractors. The history of these hybrids and mechanical Frankenstein creations will be told, with both vintage photos and actual vehicles included in the displays.

All Collier County Museum locations offer free admission.