Cape Coral Historical Society Museum

History in the Making

Welcome to the Cape Coral Historical Museum. Cape Coral is a vast, modern city that grew out of land-deals and salesmanship. Our campus in Cultural Park features three exhibit buildings, a sustainable Florida landscape and our historic rose garden.

We invite you to view our exhibits, where you can experience the way it was “back in the day.” Examine our collection of ancient Native American artifacts. Trace our transformation from cattle ranches and farms to a city of canals. Learn about the developers who created a global marketing machine and enlisted Hollywood stars to invent our tropical paradise. Join us!

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Volunteers Needed!

Do you love history; meeting new people; working on projects?

Then become a volunteer at the Cape Coral Historical Museum.

We have expanded our hours, and we need volunteers to greet visitors, work on projects, and guide tours!

Come join us for a couple of hours each week. You'll have fun and meet great people!

Volunteers are the heart of our operation. Read more on the "Help Us" page, and fill out the volunteer application form there.

Upcoming events

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It's time to order your tickets for the Second Annual Cape Coral Historical Museum’s Bluegrass Jamboree with BBQ.

Join us on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from Noon till 5pm at the Cape Coral Historical Museum, 544 Cultural Park Blvd.

General Admission tickets are $15 per person in advance ($20 at the gate). VIP tickets (which include food, drink and admission to VIP tent) are $50 in advance ($60 at the gate). 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact: 239-772-7037 or capecoralmuseum@outlook.com

  Jamboree Tickets Order Form  

What Is This?

One of the joys of the museum experience is finding artifacts of days gone by and learning the role they played in daily life many years ago.

Here's this month's puzzler. What is this device?

It's a Magic Lantern! Also known as optical lanterns, these provided one of the most popular forms of entertainment during their heyday in the 18th and 19th centuries. Prior to 1850, most magic lantern slides were hand-painted on glass, or created using a transfer method to reproduce many copies of a single etching or print.

We invite you to visit the museum and have fun rediscovering our past!

From the Director

November was a busy month. We hosted four group tours: the Cape Coral Leadership Group, Citizen's Academy, Cape Coral Social Club and the Cape Coral New Residents Group. To accommodate larger groups, we have reconfigured the Native American room, so that we can show the video presentation in comfort.

Shalla Ashworth

Our collection and archive inventory projects are underway. Our volunteers are busy working on artifact inventory and archive organization. We greatly appreciate the Cape Coral Community Foundation and the Giving Alliance of Women, for helping to fund this project.

We are looking ahead with plans for our Second Annual Bluegrass Jamboree on January 28. I hope you'll all be able to attend and enjoy the great music.

Welcome to our new Museum Coordinator, Breanne Hastings, a recent graduate of FGCU with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology.

Brea will be managing the museum during open hours; and recruiting and coordinating our wonderful volunteers. Brea previously was an Education and Animal Care Assistant at the Imaginarium Science Center in Fort Myers.

Best wishes for a great Holiday Season; and remember, museum membership makes a terrific gift!

Shalla Ashworth
Executive Director

"I Didn't Know That!"

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One of the most common things you hear at the Museum is "I didn't know that!"

Our archives and exhibits reveal Cape Coral's fascinating history. Our city is still young, but we have been home to generations of families and businesses that have left their mark and made us who we are today.

The museum is where our history lives.

Become a museum member or give the gift of museum membership.

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