Key Marco Cat Smithsonian Exhibition
Now - March 7, 2023
Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday | 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Who would have imagined a tiny cat could travel through time and over 1,000 miles to return to its birthplace on Marco Island in Southwest Florida? That's the amazing story of the Key Marco Cat - a world famous enigmatic half cat/half human 6-inch tall wooden carving created by the Calusa Indians or their ancient Muspa ancestors 500 to 1,500 years ago. The intriguing and remarkably well-preserved artifact has been described as one of the finest pieces of Pre-Columbian Native American art ever discovered in North America.
For the first time in more than 100 years, the wandering feline is reunited on Marco Island with other rare artifacts discovered there in 1896 during a Smithsonian sponsored archaeological expedition led by archaeologist and anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing. The exhibit is the culmination of a 25-year vision to bring these incredibly important artifacts back to Marco Island in order to educate and inspire people of all ages about the fascinating history of the region. It has taken years of planning and discussions with the lending institutions and the continuation of a public-private partnership that includes the Marco Island Historical Society, Collier County and the community.
The Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island, Florida, and open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Handicapped accessible. For information, call 239.389.6447 or visit www.theMIHS.org. The Key Marco Artifacts exhibit is a cooperative effort funded in part by the Collier County Tourist Development Tax.