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Naples Depot Museum

Naples Depot Museum


The history of Naples and the railway industry in Florida is in full display at the Naples Depot Museum in downtown Naples, Florida. Train enthusiasts and history buffs alike will enjoy the interactive exhibits and artifacts at this small, but entertaining museum.

Interior          Interior

The museum is set inside the restored Seaboard Air Line Railway passenger station which originally opened in 1927. But more than just trains are showcased here. The museum tells the story of Naples and Southwest Florida and “how trade and travel transformed Naples from a small village of 300 into the Gulf Coast resort city it is now.”

Interior          Interior

The museum is free, but donations are welcomed. On Saturdays, kids can ride the miniature train around the property.

Kid's train          Interior train car

The Naples Depot Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of a group of five museums in Southwest Florida. The others are the Collier County Museum in Naples, the Marco Island Historical Museum on Marco Island, the Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City and the Immokalee Pioneer Museum in Immokalee.

Dates of Visit:  January 2013

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Relive your childhood at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum


I mentioned in a previous post that I recently went on a business trip to Baltimore, Maryland. On the last day, since my colleague and I had a few hours before heading to the airport, we decided to check out Geppi’s Entertainment Museum. It’s located downtown at Camden Station, right next to the Baltimore Orioles baseball stadium.

Now, I’ve read other reviews of Geppi’s and some people have complained about the $10.00 admission charge. (If you find one of their brochures around town or at a hotel, you can get $2.00 off.) Granted, that does seem like a lot for a somewhat small 8 room museum, but if you find at least one item in there that you remember having as a kid, it’s well worth the admission just for the nostalgia factor. I reached euphoria seeing the exact same Chitty Chitty Bang Bang lunchbox I had on my first day of school back in 1970.

As their brochure says, Geppi’s is a “breathtaking trip through 250 years of American pop culture.” (Well, maybe not breathtaking, but certainly awesome!) At any one time, the museum is home to more than 6,000 items: toys, dolls, games, movie posters, memorabilia, collectibles and hundreds of comic books, including some first editions. I’ll let my photos speak for themselves.




So, take a trip back in time to your childhood, when your best friends were G.I. Joe, the Fonz and Charlie’s Angels. They’re all at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum.

Dates of Visit:  October 2012

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Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

I just got back from a trip to North Carolina and I’ve got about 18 more posts to write about that. But, I figured I’d mix it up a bit and include a few posts about some places I’ve been other than North Carolina. We’ll be back there next week.


Let’s venture down to the Southernmost tip of Florida to Key West and the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.

This colonial southern mansion style house was originally built in 1851 by Asa Tift, a marine architect and salvage wrecker, using his profits from salvaging sunken ships — of which there were many off the coast of Key West at the time. Hemingway and second wife, Pauline, received the house as a wedding gift from Pauline’s Uncle Gus in 1931.


It was the first house on the island with indoor plumbing and an upstairs bathroom with running water. The swimming pool on the property was the first pool on the island. It is said that Pauline, as a gift to her husband, had the pool built while he was off reporting on the Spanish Civil War. She supposedly spent $20,000 to have the pool constructed. Upon his return, Hemingway was not pleased with how much money she spent and is said to have yelled, “You might as well have my last cent.” This penny is embedded in concrete near the pool.

It is reported that the Pulitzer Prize-winning author spent the happiest years of his life in Key West. They were certainly very prolific years. Hemingway wrote many of his famous works in Key West including For Whom the Bell Tolls, Death in the Afternoon, To Have and Have Not, and The Snows of Kilimanjaro.

Not only did the famous Ernest Hemingway live here, but so did his famous six-toed cat, Snowball. It is said that Hemingway was given the white cat by a ship’s captain and some of the 40 to 50 cats that still live on the property are descendents of Snowball. Hemingway named these polydactyl, or extra toed cats, after celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso, Mark Twain, and Charlie Chaplin. This tradition continues today.



The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is open from 9am to 5pm, 365 days a year. The admission fee includes a 30 minute guided tour or you can just wander around the grounds.

Dates of Visit:  July 2003

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