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, with sustainable Florida landscaping 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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We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Kay Johantgen, winner of our Burrowing Owl photo caption contest.

Kay is a seasonal resident from Perkinsville, New York. She submitted her caption while on tour at the Museum. 

"What do you mean I look crooked? You look crooked!"

Kay won a beautifully matted and framed burrowing owl photo donated by local photographer, John Holmes.

A limited number of the contest print are for sale at the Museum.  Photographer John Holmes also offers other prints of local wildlife at www.pbase.com/johncarol.

Location & Hours

544 Cultural Park Blvd
Cape Coral, FL  33990
(North of City Hall)

(239) 772-7037

Exhibit Tours
Wednesday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Office & Gift Shop
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

We are closed the month of July.

New Board Members

Congratulations to our newest Board Members: Weezer Murphy and ToniRae Hurley.

Both have a long history of community involvement.      

Weezer Murphy                         ToniRae Hurley

Weezer previously served as Executive Director of Cape Coral Housing Rehab & Development and Special Events Director of the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral. She is currently administrative assistant and funeral assistant at Fuller-Metz Funeral Home.

ToniRae serves on the Board of the Cape Coral Community Foundation, the Giving Alliance of Women, the Cape Coral Housing Development Corporation, and Mardi Bras & Boxers, of which she is a co-founder. She is a Vice President and Branch Manager at IberiaBank in Cape Coral.

Our first annual Bluegrass Jamboree January 30 was a great success, far exceeding our expectations. Our attendance goal was 250; we had nearly 600.

Just a quick note of thanks for the help, support and partnership provided by Cape Coral Parks & Recreation: Steve Pohlman, Todd King, Dominic Dunning and all the city departments involved.

Thanks to all of our sponsors: Gator Electric, LCEC, Water City Grill, Kirkwood Electric, Cape Coral Community Foundation, Paul Homes, Gulf Coast Village, Edward Jones Investments, Coastal Building Supplies, Waste Pro and Lamar Signs.

We’re all looking forward to next year. We’re open for new ideas, but so far, we’re considering adding a tent with commemorative T-shirts. We’ll see you at the Jamboree in 2017!

Curator's Corner

Welcome to our new Executive Director/Curator, Shalla Ashworth. Photo - Curator ABefore relocating to Southwest Florida, Shalla served in leadership positions in the University of Iowa museum system.

Most recently she was associate director of the Pentecrest Museums, comprised of the Old Capitol Museum and the Museum of Natural History. She managed all operations of the Old Capitol Museum, including artifacts, collections and archives; and coordinated volunteers, fundraising and special exhibits. Previously, as Director of Operations, she directed fiscal operations, strategic planning, public relations, marketing and community relations.

She served as the only museum staff member on the team to rebuild the Historic Tower of the Old Capitol, a National Historic Landmark.

She introduced a new wing in the museum dedicated to children’s education; updated the tour guide manual; produced historical re-enactments, and worked with area teachers and professors to develop educational programs.

Shalla says, “I'm thrilled to be chosen to lead the Cape Coral Historic Museum.  I look forward to working with all of you as we strive to preserve and share the unique history of Cape Coral!"

"I Didn't Know That."

Photo-Rose Garden Trellis
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.

You can make history. Become a museum member. Give the gift of museum membership.

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