This is surely one of the best kept secrets in Naples, Florida. The Revs Institute is huge facility just north of the Naples Municipal Airport featuring over 100 historical cars. General admission is $17 and a docent led tour is $3 extra, but be sure to book in advance either via their website or by making a telephone call as those tours do fill up quickly. The docents are knowledgeable, each with their own personal side stories, which makes the tour even better. Also, the entrance numbers are kept low (hence the need for a reservation) so that you can get an up close and personal look at the collection. None of the cars are roped off and photography is allowed (no flash, of course) and you can even peek through the window at the workshop to see what new great finds they're working on. In all, this place gets an A+ for customer service, the rarity of the collection and the well informed docents. This is a private collection owned by Mr. Miles Collier and is now open to the public Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Truly the Revs Institute is truly a gem of a find in Naples, Florida!
"Art reflects the soul of the community"
The above quote is on the outside of the Naples Museum of Art [as seen in the photograph], and it is a quote that I believe.
The Naples Museum of Art is located right next to the Philharmonic Center For The Arts. It is open from October 1 until June on Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and on Sundays from noon until 4 p.m.
It is closed July-September 2009.
There are free docent-guided tours Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m during October through May.
While we were there in January, one of my favorite artists was the famed NORMAN ROCKWELL. What a treat to see original tear sheets featuring each of Rockwell's 321 Saturday Evening Post covers as well as 15 original Rockwell oil paintings.
The art museum has a lovely garden cafe, a museum store, and free parking.
the collier museum is a very interesting place to visit in naples. the museum covers the prehistoric animals that inhabited the area, the calusa and seminole native american tribes, the spanish explorers, and the early settlers of collier county. the museum also has a beautiful tropical garden and a collection of historic buildings. the museum is located on US 41 next to the collier county government complex. admission is free.
Some thousands of Teddy Bears in that museum.
Tue to Sat 10AM to 5PM.
Closed on Sun & Mon
To see how is made a Teddy Bear : see my Portland (ME) page.