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Vintage postcard of a Naples beach with colorful umbrellas and a long pier

Just Beachy:
Our Most Enduring Attraction

February 20 – May 18

Collier Museum at Government Center

A journey in sand through the hourglass of time. A vacation on a Naples beach was once as rustic a lifestyle choice as now it is a sophisticated one. As the area’s culture has changed and the skyline has evolved, one thing remains true: the beaches are still a place where sea and sand come together to provide an enchantment to visitors young and old. The charm of our beaches has provided generations with unforgettable memories. This exhibit brings those memories to life with a tour of the beach through time, as well as a full gallery of thematically related local artists’ paintings, photos, and poetry.

Collier Museums thanks United Arts Collier for its partnership in curating the artists’ work.

All Collier County Museum locations offer free admission.

Black and white man in mosquito gear spraying the swamp

Swamp Angels:
A History of Mosquitoes and Mosquito Control

May 7 – June 29

Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch

For thousands of years, mosquitoes and the diseases they carry have influenced historical events around the world — giving tiny mosquitoes a giant impact on our history. Explorers, soldiers, and residents of Southwest Florida have been battling these “swamp angels” since humans stepped on the peninsula. Over 40 species live in Collier County, and controlling the pests has been a serious industry for over 70 years. Although the traditional diseases from mosquitoes such as malaria, yellow fever, and dengue fever have largely been eliminated here, new dangers such as Zika and West Nile virus continue to threaten our population.

All Collier County Museum locations offer free admission.

Niki Butcher, a woman with brunette hair, brown eyes, and light skin, leaning against a display of her book in the center of an exhibit of her photographs

Daydreaming by Niki Butcher

March 2 – June 8

Marco Island Historical Museum

Photographer Niki Butcher hand colors her black and white images. This process encourages a dreamy and nostalgic feel, especially because the images are of an older Florida that sometimes no longer exists as buildings or undeveloped locations. Niki also demonstrates some of the techniques and skills she uses to create her artwork.

All Collier County Museum locations offer free admission.

Silhouettes of soldiers over an American flag

Thank You for Your Service —
A Salute to Everglades Veterans

May 14 – September 14

Museum of the Everglades

Every year Museum of the Everglades collaborates with our local school — the last K-12 public school on a single campus in the state of Florida — to create an exhibit that celebrates a specific aspect of this unique community. Students submit artwork, photos, videos, stories, interviews and more to help us share a part of the character and history of the area with visitors from around the world.

This year we have challenged the students to celebrate military veterans from the greater Everglades City area. This includes historic figures from the region’s storied past, family members, ancestors, and those who recently served or are still deployed. Our goal is to recognize as many veterans from the area as we can and salute their service to our country with creative, artistic, and literary tributes composed by our local students.

The exhibit will be augmented with historic information about the area’s contributions to our country’s armed conflicts in both natural resources and manpower. Thousands of board feet of bald cypress were logged for the building of Navy vessels during WWII, and many local fishing vessels were commandeered and repurposed as patrol boats to protect coastal waters. Men and women from Everglades, Chokoloskee and Ochopee have served in nearly every military action since the Civil War, and profiles of hometown heroes like Peg and Totch Brown (both Bronze Star recipients during WWII) will be prominently featured.

All Collier County Museum locations offer free admission.