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Tue - Sat: 9Am - 4PM.
Sun - Mon: Closed.
County and Federal Hollidays: Closed


105 Broadway Ave W
Everglades City, FL 34139

Current Exhibit

Ebbets in the Everglades    

History of Everglades

Our History


The Friends group was instrumental in the conversion of the old Laundry building into a Museum. The mission of the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, as stated in the by-laws...

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It was from this base that 76 miles of road through uncharted swamp was completed in the five short years between 1923 and 1928. In addition, the town was linked by rail to the Atlantic Coast Line.

Only a few of the original buildings remain: Bank, Railroad Depot, Rod & Gun Lodge, bulk oil station, Ivey House, Collier County Courthouse, some private dwellings, and the old Laundry Building.

The Museum was dedicated on April 26, 1998, exactly 70 years after the opening of the Tamiami Trail on April 26, 1928. The Friends sponsor a “Birthday Party” in April to commemorate both events.

The front lobby of the building was dedicated as the Pauline Reeves Gallery in 2000 and, since then, has been host to local artists including an annual exhibit by students from Everglades City School.

Current Exhibits

September 12, 2023 – January 20, 2024

Ebbets in the Everglades

Charles C. Ebbets came to Florida in the early 1920s and quickly established himself as a pre-eminent photojournalist. An avid outdoorsman who had done stints as an airplane wing-walker, a racecar driver and professional wrestler, he brought that same combination of courage and confidence to his work in South Florida — particularly the Everglades — even becoming this first to cross the not-yet-completed Tamiami Trail by car. Ebbets made his way deep into the back country of the glades, capturing spectacular shots of rarely seen wildlife and breathtaking landscapes for the National Park Service, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Associated Press, among others. He also worked closely with the Seminoles, documenting their culture, and befriending tribal leaders. Ebbets’ most famous photograph, “Lunch atop a Skyscraper,” is a well-known portrait of construction workers perched precariously on an I-beam above New York City while they dine. The iconic photo, for which he is rarely credited, was chosen as one of TIME magazine’s “100 Greatest Images.” Despite his groundbreaking body of work that includes many well-known photographs, “Ebbets in the Everglades” is the first museum exhibit dedicated solely to the work Charles C. Ebbets. All Collier County Museum locations offer free admission.


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