Naples Museums and Art Galleries
(Naples, Florida - FL, USA)
The well-stocked Naples Museum of Art is an exceptional museum and one of the biggest draw cards in the entire city. Home to 15 spacious galleries and a wealth of exhibits, the Museum of Art is highly regarded throughout Florida and is to be found standing on the Pelican Bay Boulevard, close to the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speakers attraction on Ridgewood Drive.
More appealing to children and families is the city's Collier County Museum on the Tamiami Trail East, as well as the model trains at the Naples Depot on 5th Avenue. Something a little more thought-provoking is the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida on the Tamiami Trail North, which stands just a short distance to the east of the Venetian Bay. Nearby, you may also like to check out the Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City, or perhaps the Immokalee Pioneer Museum and Roberts Ranch in the neighboring town of Immokalee.
Naples Museum of Art
Address: 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples, Florida FL, 34102, USA
Tel: +1 941 597 1900
Located on the Pelican Bay Boulevard and attached to the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, the Naples Museum of Art is quite a structure for a sleepy Southwest Florida town and features many galleries. The building itself is substantial and worth a picture, with its huge glass dome and elaborate entrance gates, while inside the 15 individual exhibition spaces feature permanent collections consisting of paintings, sculptures, and drawings covering American and Chinese subjects. Free guided tours of the 30,000-foot / 9,150-meter structure are available at certain times of the day, from October through May.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 16:00, Sunday - 12:00 to 16:00
Admission: charge, students discount
Naples Depot Museum
Address: 1051 5th Avenue South, Naples, Florida FL, 34102, USA
Tel: +1 239 262 6525
The Naples Depot Museum is housed within the restored Naples Seaboard Air Line Railway Station. The railroad heritage of this part of Florida is very much celebrated here, with all kinds of related memorabilia on display. However, the focus of the museum is on all forms of transport that was used in the development of Florida including Seminole dugout canoes and mule wagons.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 17:00, Saturday - 09:00 to 16:00
Admission: free, charge for special events
Naples Train Museum
Address: 401 10th Street, Naples, Florida FL, 34102, USA
Tel: +1 239 262 1776
The Naples Train Museum shares the same building as the Depot Museum and houses a highly detailed miniature railway and many outdoor attractions, and comes with a popular 7.5-inch gauge railway, where passenger carriages are pulled by small steam and diesel locomotives.
Open hours: Thursday to Saturday - 10:00 to 14:00
Admission: by suggested donation, free to children three years old and under
Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida
Address: 4760 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 7, Sandalwood Square, Naples, Florida FL, 34103, USA
Tel: +1 239 263 9200
Starting its life as nothing more than a classroom exhibit at a local middle school, the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida was officially opened in 2001 and has become an important not-for-profit education center. Visitors will find more than 1,000 artefacts and photographs relating to the atrocities caused by the Nazis in WWII. Special exhibits include an authentic railway boxcar used to transport Jews to prisoner of war camps, themed exhibitions and numerous personal stories from this period.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 13:00 to 16:00
Admission: charge, not recommended for young children
Collier County Museum
Address: 3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, Florida FL, 34112, USA
Tel: +1 239 252 8476
Located just outside of the downtown district and within the Collier County Government Center, the Collier County Museum was founded in the late 1970s and is known for its ancient artifacts and displays. Highlights include prehistoric skeletons, realistic dioramas, information about Seminole warriors and Spanish explorers, a historic steam locomotive and beautiful landscaped gardens. There is also a gift shop, lecture hall, traveling exhibits and even a surviving World War II Sherman Tank.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: free, charge for special events