Famous for its Key Marco Cat -- one of the most remarkable and influential discoveries in North American archaeology -- the new Marco Island Historical Museum explores Southwest Florida’s Calusa Indians and brings this vanished civilization to life with informative displays and an exciting recreated village scene. The Marco Island Historical Society was founded in 1994 and is dedicated to discovery, research, acquisition and preservation of the multi-faceted history of the Marco Island-Goodland region. The museum uses a unique exhibits to show Marco Island’s history from the life of the Calusa Indians, the pioneer days of the white settlement, to the mid 1900s land boom, to what it has become today.
The Marco Island Historical Museum and cultural complex brings to life a long held dream of the Marco Island Historical Society. Created through a partnership with the MIHS and Collier County Museums, this addition to the county's museum system explores Southwest Florida’s Calusa Indians and features colorful, exciting and informative displays to bring this vanished civilization to life. One whole room is dedicated to a replica of a Calusa village and its inhabitants going about their daily lives.
The grounds are landscaped with ponds, waterfalls and native, tropical plantings. These peaceful surroundings set off this gem, and include an inviting gazebo where one can take a few moments to enjoy its ambiance, including a large bronze replica of the “Key Marco Cat.”
Within the museum is a traveling exhibits gallery, showcasing the work of artists from around the world illustrating, through various mediums, the local flora, fauna and the history of the area. Each new exhibit is celebrated with an opening reception to which the public is invited. The Museum Gift Store offers artwork, jewelry, clothing, local and regional historical books, and many gift items. The museum complex is further enriched by the beautiful Rose History Auditorium, a multi-functional facility that is available for rent for a variety of private and public functions and celebrations.
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