The Naples Depot Museum contains many delightful exhibits both large and small for train enthusiasts. The original depot building was purchased from the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad on January 7, 1976, through the fundraising efforts of Southwest Heritage, Inc. Also featured on site is the Naples Train Museum.
In 2005, the Naples Depot Museum became part of the Collier County Museum system. Inside, exhibits harken back to the Roaring Twenties and the golden age of railroads. Also among the collections are exhibits and fascinating placards with information detailing the Florida railway’s relationship with racial segregation. You can also get up close and personal with several antique vehicles including a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air and one of the first swamp buggies created. Outside the museum, you may enjoy exploring the 1909 Red Caboose and recently restored 1947 Budd Tavern Observation Car.
At the Naples Train Museum, kids and not-too-tall adults can ride along an outdoor railway that loops around the property. Inside is a massive model train set for visitors to admire. It’s a quick walk through the museums, and if you’re a sucker for old maps or miniature train towns, this is a must-see.