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Current Exhibits

Out of the Sand:
The Origins of Golf on Marco Island

November 14, 2023 – March 2, 2024

Marco Island Historical Museum

This exhibit examines more than 50 years of Marco Island golf history through historical images and objects from the Marco Island Historical Society’s collection. Starting with the Mackle built Marco Island County Club (known today as the Island County Club), golf has had an interesting and glitzy history featuring major golf professionals, celebrities and at least one president. This fun and interactive exhibit features includes a three-hole “mini-course” and promises to be a hole-in-one for all ages.

All Collier County Museum locations offer free admission.

Betty Osceola on an airboat in traditional dress as photographed by Lisette Morales

WE ARE STILL HERE:
The Continuing Story of the Miccosukee Tribe

January 23 – May 11

Museum of the Everglades

Museum of the Everglades and Collier County Museums have collaborated with the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida to create this exhibit exploring their past, present, and future. Following the “Indian Termination Policy” enacted by Congress in 1953, a schism began to emerge between the some of the Miccosukee elders within the Seminole Tribe and its leadership. By 1962, the Miccosukee Tribe was federally recognized as a unique and separate sovereign nation. WE ARE STILL HERE explores that story, but also brings forth little-known facts about the Miccosukee Tribe and their continuing accomplishments. The exhibit includes images and artifacts of shared history, cultural expressions, powerful personalities, and many other facets of this still unfolding story. The important partnership established between Collier County Museums and the Miccosukee Tribe to facilitate the exhibit is itself a new, and decidedly positive, chapter that we are honored to be part of.

Pictured is Betty Osceola as photographed by Lisette Morales.

All Collier County Museum locations offer free admission.

Looking up into the canopy of a large tree.

Borrowed from Our Children:
Seventy Years of the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

January 16 – April 27

Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch

Seventy years ago, brave voices in our community spoke up to protect ancient trees from the threat of the axe and saw. Thanks to their work, today Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary protects 13,450 acres in Southwest Florida as a haven for plants, animals, and people. The Sanctuary recharges the aquifer, cleans water, and reduces risk of catastrophic wildfire while reducing algal blooms along the coastline.

It was said by John James Audubon that, “a true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.” This photography exhibit celebrates the past 70 years of conservation and looks ahead to the next 70.

All Collier County Museum locations offer free admission.

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.