Southwest Florida Museum of History
Opened in 1982, the Southwest Florida Museum of History is housed in the former Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Depot. It is dedicated to the natural, cultural, and military history of southwest Florida, from ancient times to the present. Exhibits feature information and artifacts related to the Native American cultures that inhabited the region, the Spanish and other early explorers, the gradual settlement of the area, and the mining, agriculture, boating, and fishing industries. Visitors can also learn about the Seminole Wars and the old WWII military airfields. Other highlights include a 1926 La France fire pumper (an early version of a fire truck) and a 1929 Pullman railroad car.