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Barbara Sumwalt Useppa Island Historical Museum

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Address: Useppa Island, P. O. Box 640, Bokeelia, FL 33922
Phone Number: +1 941-283-9600

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This small museum houses a fabulous history of the island and the immediate area--good displays and professional staff.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 June 2016
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

This small museum houses a fabulous history of the island and the immediate area--good displays and professional staff.

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Bokeelia, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

There is a lot of history of this area with frequently changing exhibitions which keep the museum an interesting place to visit. Limited hours of operation so be sure to check on line or call for current hours

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016

This museum is located on Useppa Island and offers a great lesson on the history of the area. They have a guided tour that is played over an electronic device. Really cool.

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Southwest Gulf Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

A private island accessible only by boat or plane. Most notable in recent history is Baron Collier how used it as a fishing "camp" for friends and tarpon fishing and the interesting history of the Caloosa Indians.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2015

This museum is a converted home that shows and portrays the history of Useppa. The museum visit was part of a tour we took to the island. We were given audio guides, which walked us through the history of the Island, from early Native settlements to first island's owners and the revitalization of the place. Between ancient artifacts, photographs, artist... More 

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2014

Go to the island gift store and buy the book written buy the shop emplyee ..it is wonderfull addition to the museum tour.

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Denville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2013

This slice of history on a one-of-a-kind island is worth the trip for all ages. By all means make the trip to Useppa and visit the museum.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2012

Not only did we learn about the Caloosa Indians in SW Florida, but Bay of Pigs training, early tarpon fishing too! Worth the $5.00 to see all this! You would never think an Island like Useppa would have this kind of history!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2012

Fascinating musuem!! Has not only prehistoric items, but quite a display of the Bay of Pigs endeavor which failed. They trained here.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2012

This museum is a converted home that houses the extensive history of Useppa. Only open from noon-2pm, it's worth the opportunity to explore. Visitors are given audio guides, which walk you chronologically through the history of the Island, from early Native settlements to recent hurricanes and revitalization. Between ancient artifacts, dioramas, photographs, artist renderings and videos, it's an interesting step... More 

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