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Southwest Florida Museum of History announces Useppa and downtown history tours

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The Southwest Florida Museum of History has announced the availability of:

Escorted day trips to Useppa Island: Get whisked away to this exclusive barrier island via a narrated cruise from Captiva. The day includes a guided tour, lunch at the Collier Inn, and a visit to the Useppa Island Historical Society's Barbara Sumwalt Museum. The cost of this tour is $98 for museum members and $109 for non-members. Reserve your seat by March 11 at 239-321-7429.

True Tours' Walking Tour of Downtown Fort Myers: Discover the unexpected history behind Fort Myers during a lively, 90-minute walking tour of the River District with True Tours each Wednesday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Reservations are required and tour-takers should plan on arriving 15 minutes early so that they will have plenty of time to check in. The cost of the tour is $12 + tax (but excluding gratuity). Add museum admission for only $6. Reserve through the Museum at 239-321-7430, Tuesday through Saturday. Call True Tours off-hours and weekends at 239-945-0405.

The museum is housed in the former Atlantic Coastline Railroad depot at 2031 Jackson Street, one block south of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Paleo Indians, the Calusa, Seminoles, Spanish explorers and early settlers are just a few of the people you will meet as you view the Museum's exhibits. An authentic replica of a pioneer "cracker" house, a 1926 La France fire pumper, and a 1929 private Pullman rail car are also part of the tour. In addition, the museum also houses an extensive artifacts collection detailing early civilization, the Fort, the first settlers, the cattlemen, turn of the century, the military and agriculture, boating and fishing industries in Fort Myers are highlighted as well as a display of 1,200 pieces of depression and carnival glass.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.museumofhistory.org/ or telephone 239-321-7429.

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