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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

It’s so hard to believe a month has already flown by since my first day as Director of the Cape Coral Historical Museum!

I have enjoyed meeting and working with all the volunteers, members and Board of Directors and am looking forward to meeting more of you as time permits.

I am continually surprised by the unique “modern” history that Cape Coral has to offer its residents and visitors.

As our season winds up with our last monthly meeting and newsletter, I will just be getting started with new projects that will keep me busy through the summer.

In July, when the museum is closed, I will be busy tidying up the exhibit spaces by replacing worn exhibit labels, making sure the artifacts are in good condition and a general dusting of the exhibits. I will also be busy getting ready for the Fall and hope to have some exciting new ideas and events in the works when we all gather again in October.

In closing, I want to wish all of you a wonderful summer! I’m sure many of us will be enjoying the sun and sand and I wish all of you safe travels as you venture away to visit family and friends!

Shalla Ashworth
Executive Director and Curator

"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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