Museum of the Everglades Presents

Abandoned Vehicles of the Everglades

August 4, 2018 - November 2, 2018

Through a series of photographs mainly captured at night, this exhibit explores the interaction between man and nature as seen through environmental portraits of vehicles long abandoned in the Everglades ecosystem. Over the years, these man-made objects have become a part of the cycle of life as flora and fauna grow around and literally through them. These images show a hidden side of the Everglades and speak concurrently to mankind’s attempts to conquer the Everglades. Photographer Matt Stock loves capturing the unique aspects of that vast and important ecosystem at night utilizing a hyper-realistic nighttime technique referred to as “painting with light.”

Marco Island Historical Museum Presents


October 11, 2018 - December 1, 2018

This exhibition from students of the Marco Island Academy will feature an expansive mural collage that expresses the Gulf of Mexico comprised of painted, drawn, and photographed images. Modeled on the work of Robert Rauschenberg, this collage will have multiple types of images—from very abstract to photo replications, some flat and some in shallow relief.

Naples Depot Museum Presents

End of the Line: The Budd Tavern Car Story

October 3, 2018 - December 15, 2018

Since its arrival to the historic Naples Depot property in 1978, the Budd Tavern Observation Car has fascinated both locals and the thousands of visitors who travel to Southwest Florida every year. Originally built for the Seaboard Airline Railroad (SAL) in 1947, by the Edward G. Budd Manufacturing Co., this observation car #6601 was one of six built for SAL that year. Through its long service history in the SAL to its final journeys on Amtrak, this symbol of American ingenuity has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles across the United States. After its retirement it began a new life as an attraction to the newly opened Naples Depot Cultural Center in 1978.

For nearly two decades the Budd Car offered Naples Depot visitors a unique glimpse into the glory days of the railroads, but as the years wore on, the car began to show its age and the effects of the harsh Southwest Florida weather. In 2015, with support from the Board of Collier County Commissioners, local contractors, and dedicated museum staff, the car began an extensive three-year restoration that would stabilize the car and bring it back to its 1947 roots.

This exhibition will examine the history and journey of the Budd Tavern Observation Car #6601, the origins of the Budd Manufacturing Company and its innovative stainless-steel design, the rise of the streamliners, and the exacting standards used to bring this railroading icon back to life. Now seen in its original glory, Observation Car #6601 will continue telling the story of the railroad and its history, here, at the End of the Line.