Arts & Culture Attractions in the Naples Area
There’s more to Naples than pristine beaches, emerald green fairways and relaxing resort spas – the area also has a longstanding appreciation for the arts and a deep-rooted history connected to the Everglades. Visitors to Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades can take a break from the sun in one of the many art galleries or museums on Florida's Paradise Coast.
Art Museums & Exhibits
Acquaint yourself with Naples' masterpieces at The Baker Museum at Artis–Naples. The foremost fine arts museum in Southwest Florida displays modern and contemporary art along with several traveling exhibitions. Set your eyes on beautiful, spiraling glass sculptures in the three Dale Chihuly installations, and explore the glass dome conservatory during your visit.
A hub of art and culture in downtown Naples, the Von Liebig Art Center is dedicated to enriching the community with visual arts and education. While the center does showcase a variety of exhibitions, the non-profit organization also hosts annual events in honor of the arts. With no admission charge, be sure to add this stop to your downtown agenda.
Looking for a more eclectic gallery scene? Look no further than Gallery Row in Naples. Numerous fine art galleries line Broad Avenue, featuring a variety of work from realist to abstract paintings. With passionate local gallery owners and fine art galore, art lovers in seach of something "uniquely Naples" are in for a treat.
Everglades City pays homage to natural beauty with Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery. Artist-photographer Clyde Butcher captures the essence of swamp life in his stunning black and white, fine art photography. Stop by the gallery for a look at Southwest Florida’s landscape, and then experience nature for real with a guided swamp walk tour from Big Cypress Gallery.
Visual & Performing Arts
Blending both the visual and performing arts, the Philharmonic Center for the Arts is the premier center for the arts in Southwest Florida, incorporating both traveling art galleries and a resident orchestra. If you’re more interested in a lively theater production, visit The Naples Players. With more than 220 performances a year, most of which sell out, and passionate local casts, you’ll enjoy shows like “Catch Me If You Can” and “The Rocky Horror Show.”
Step back in time at Naples’ history museums. The Collier County Museum is a must-see for ancient Florida history with prehistoric visions of the coast and those who once inhabited it. Learn about first settlers, little-known wars in South Florida and the Seminole people. After the tour, head into museum’s native gardens to explore restored cottages and Seminole village.
A quaint cottage at the corner of 12th Avenue South and Gulfshore Boulevard serves as the oldest house in Naples. Built in 1895, Historic Palm Cottage is a two-story home built by one of Naples’ founding residents, Walter N. Haldeman. Filled with artwork and antique furniture, this is an authentic nod to Southwest Florida’s charm and a tour you won’t want to miss.
For a historic view of the Everglades, ancient artifacts and vintage photos are on display at the The Museum of the Everglades. Here, permanent exhibits tell the story of adventurers in Florida’s Last Frontier. The adjacent Pauline Reeves Gallery also hosts monthly exhibits from local and regional artists.
Deep in the heart of the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge in the Everglades, the Historic Smallwood Store on Chokoloskee Island tells a story of Florida’s great pioneers. Surrounded by natural wildlife and swamp views, this store sits on stilts overlooking the water and is packed with Old Florida charm.Back to top of page