Collier County Museums are excited to announce our careful reopening for public enjoyment as of June 5, 2020! All Museum locations will be open from 9 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

We are following all CDC and government recommendations to provide a safe and healthy visit for our guests.

Visit CollierMuseums.com to learn more about what to expect on your visit.

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Current Exhibits

Rising Above the Rails Exhibit_Image courtesy State Archives of Florida

Rising Above the Rails–The African American Railroad Experience

January 24, 2020 – August 29, 2020

Naples Depot Museum

The African American railroad experience is one of hard work and little recognition. From forced labor and harsh conditions while tracklaying in the southeastern United States to the degrading treatment while traveling on the rails as porters and maintenance workers, African American history is intimately tied to the history of railroading in the United States.

In Rising Above the Rails, we highlight the oft-ignored stories, both local and national, of African Americans who used their experience to improve the lives of themselves, the African American community, and the railroading community overall.

Snakes of the Everglades—Predators in Paradise

March 17–August 29, 2020

Museum of the Everglades

This exhibit will explore all aspects of snakes in the Everglades – the biodiversity of the many species found there, the historic relationships of both pioneers and indigenous people with snakes (including personal accounts and folklore surrounding them), the relative dangers of venomous snakes in the region, and challenges to the Everglades ecosystem created by the growing population of invasive Burmese pythons.

Marc Harris Conservation Photography–Florida’s Voice for Wildlife

March 5 – September 12, 2020

Marco Island Historical Museum

The Marc Harris Wildlife Exhibition at the Marco Island Historical Museum is on display to unite a common cause for wildlife habitat conservation and environmental responsibility for a global community footprint. The exhibition features wildlife in the wild and remote locations in danger to the effects of habitat loss and sustainable water resources throughout Southwest Florida, the Everglades and the historical areas of natural woodlands throughout Florida. “When I document an existing environment, I use the photographs of nature and wildlife to tell a wider story. I ask you to look beyond the obvious and look into the eyes or behavior of an animal or image and imagine what it would be like to live in their universe. Bring their surrounding world into focus with yours,” said Marc Harris.

Cultivating Community Exhibit

Cultivating Community—Stories of Immokalee’s African American Pillars and Pioneers

February 15 – July 17, 2020

Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch

They came for work. Laying rail, cutting timber, milling, and vegetable picking brought hard-working people south to the edge of Big Cypress. That there was work in Immokalee was known from Mississippi to Maryland. Teachers, preachers, and entrepreneurs followed. Not all would stay but eventually, a culturally rich, close-knit community grew. Cultivating Community explores this early history of Immokalee through the memories of its African American community members.