IMAG History & Science Center

The IMAG History & Science Center is a family-friendly destination offering fun & educational interactive exhibits, aquariums, history displays and a 3D theater. Displays take visitors on a walk through the history and archaeology of Southwest Florida, including some featured sites of interest in Fort Myers.

Calusa Indians, a large complex empire among the first inhabitants of Southwest Florida, are prominently showcased in the "Hall of History" exhibit, highlighting the industrious tools they crafted from natural materials from the area’s rich estuaries. Other items on display include a miniature replica of First Street in downtown Fort Myers as it appeared in 1900; artifacts from the site of the original fort of Fort Myers; historical objects from Florida’s prime cattle raising era; and fossilized bones of a giant sloth, a megalodon, and a saber-toothed cat, representing what would have been found here in the Ice Age era. There is also an interactive exhibit where guests can dig for fossils that might be found on an archeological dig in Southwest Florida.


Over 20 unique Seminole dolls and clothing items are on loan from The Florida Museum of Natural History for the temporary exhibition, "Sewing A Native Truth: Seminole Fashion & Culture". Through information text panels, hands-on activities, and the objects on loan, visitors will learn about the significance of each patchwork and the amount of time involved in creating them. Seminole Fashion and Culture is the inaugural exhibit in a new collaboration between the IMAG and FGCU. Each Spring, FGCU students will design, curate, and install a new exhibition for the IMAG.

Touch live sea life, engineer a creation, run through a rainstorm! IMAG provides hours of fun and entertainment for the entire family. Offering over 60 interactive exhibits, there is fun for the entire family to explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and the history of Southwest Florida. You will enjoy touching live marine animals in our Sea to See Touch Tanks; a 3,200-gallon aquarium displaying a variety of fish, including sharks; our Living Lab with turtles, a ball python, frogs, a bearded dragon, prairie dogs and more; daily LIVE! Animal Encounters; the opportunity to become a TV weather forecaster in our mini-studio; a walk through Southwest Florida in our Hall of History; a 3D movie, and so much more! A visit to IMAG nurtures intellectual curiosity, discovery, and innovation.



ADDRESS: 2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33916
PHONE: (239) 243-0043
HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday Noon to 5:00pm

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