Naples Depot Museum Presents

“Sites & Scenes: Collier County’s Historic Places"

August 3, 2017 - January 27, 2018

Collier County, with its sandy beaches and warm winter weather, is known mainly as a vacation destination. Yet, if one takes the time to truly explore our County, they will find a treasure trove of history. 19th century homes, railroad depot from the roaring 1920s, and an engineering marvel are just some of the sites and properties that have survived the passage of time and the inevitable allure of progress. While not every important site and structure has been preserved, this exhibition will highlight some of our County’s most important historical landmarks, and the stories behind them.

Collier Museum at Government Center Presents

“Trailblazers: The Perilous Story of the Tamiami Trail"

February 20, 2018 - April 28, 2018

This exhibit will explore the Tamiami Trail’s history, culture, devastating impact on the Everglades and plans to mitigate that extensive damage. This multi-media interactive exhibit will feature photographs, historic documents, artifacts and film. Curated by Jon Ullman, originally presented by the Coral Gables Museum.

Marco Island Historical Museum Presents

“Coastal Trade: Bounty, Booty, and Boats of the Gulf and Glades from Naples to Key West"

December 1, 2017 - March 2, 2018

This exhibit includes not only paintings that represent the pioneer days of southwest Florida’s maritime trading networks, but folk art, posters, and artifacts that relate to this heritage.

Museum of the Everglades Presents

“Wind Across the Everglades: Celebrating 60 Years"

January 13, 2018 - February 17, 2018

Museum of the Everglades is proud to present a unique dual exhibit: “Wind Across the Everglades – Celebrating 60 Years” in tandem with “Plume Hunting: From the Forefront of Fashion to the Brink of Extinction.” “Wind Across the Everglades” is the dramatic story of Audubon Warden Walt Murdoch, played by Christopher Plummer in his first starring role, fighting to protect endangered birds from a cutthroat gang of plume hunting poachers led by the ruthless “Cottonmouth” - played by a surprisingly sinister Burl Ives. Set in the Everglades and filmed on location in Chokoloskee and Everglades City from November of 1957 to January of 1958, “Wind Across the Everglades” is the first major motion picture to feature a conservation theme. Written and directed by Budd Schulberg (who won an Oscar for his screenplay for “On the Waterfront”), the film features many local landmarks like the Smallwood Store and cameo’s by several familiar faces such as gladesman Totch Brown.

Museum of the Everglades Presents

“Plume Hunting: From the Forefront of Fashion to the Brink of Extinction"

January 13, 2018 - February 17, 2018

This exhibit provides the history of the illegal trade on which the story of the film "Wind Across the Everglades is based. At the turn of the last century, the demand for fancy feathers for ladies’ hats was so great that the plumes were worth more than their weight in gold. Legislation slowed the slaughter, but enforcement was difficult in lonely frontier outposts – resulting in the murder of more than one warden. The exhibit features a variety of artifacts on loan to help illustrate the stories, including plume rifles, a high-fashion feathered fan from the period of the plume craze, and even the original monument to warden Guy Bradley – killed by poachers near Flamingo.

Naples Depot Museum Presents

"Transportation in the Digital Age"

May 3 - July 31, 2017

“Transportation in the Digital Age” features several works depicting transportation from around the world, including lively and colorful renditions of trains, automobiles, planes and other modes of transportation.

Marco Island Historical Museum Presents

"What's Old is Not Forgotten"

June 6 - August 26, 2017

“What’s Old is Not Forgotten” is comprised completely of images captured within Collier County by local photographers. Images include selections of buildings, people, lifestyles and culture, or wildlife/ecosystems.

Marco Island Historical Museum Presents

“Florida Artists Group, Inc. Juried Exhibition"

September 1 - November 28, 2017

“Florida Artists Group, Inc. Juried Exhibition” features Southwest Florida artists whose work has attained national or state-wide recognition. The works included in this particular show range from acrylic paintings, etchings, mixed media to sculptures.

Museum of the Everglades Presents

"A Heart for Alligators - a retrospective of the art of Jürg ‘George’ Furrer"

November 11, 2017 - December 30, 2017

“A Heart for Alligators - a retrospective of the art of Jürg ‘George’ Furrer” celebrates the works of Jürg ‘George’ Furrer, who passed away in 2014. A popular illustrator and syndicated cartoonist in his home country of Switzerland, George was a familiar face in Everglades City for many years, visiting on an annual basis and making many lifelong friendships. George brought his appreciation for the region’s unique flora and fauna home with him, incorporating many of the things he experienced in Everglades City into his art. In 1994, he published a book of cartoons with Everglades themes: “Ein Herz für Alligatoren” (“A Heart for Alligators”) from which this exhibit takes its name. Included in this retrospective is a selection of original prints as well as copies of his books and other objects emblazoned with his distinctive alligator images.

Due to damages from Hurricane Irma, this exhibit has been relocated to Collier Museum at Government Center.