Fort Myers Museums and Art Galleries Tour, Fort Myers

Fort Myers is a very rich city in art venues like museums and galleries. Most of the galleries reflect the talents of artists from the city and its surroundings. The museums are true treasures for people who want to find out more about the traditions, culture and history of the region, as well as interesting facts about science and nature in general. By following this guided tour, you will have an incredible experience, and will gain an enormous amount of information and positive impressions of the area.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Fort Myers Museums and Art Galleries Tour Map

Guide Name: Fort Myers Museums and Art Galleries Tour
Guide Location: USA » Fort Myers (See other walking tours in Fort Myers)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Author: Cathy
Edison and Ford Winter Estates

1) Edison and Ford Winter Estates (must see)

The Edison and Ford Winter Estates contain a historical museum and 17 acre botanical garden on the adjacent sites of the winter homes of Thomas Alva Edison and Henry Ford beside the Caloosahatchee River in southwestern Florida. Located at 2350 McGregor Boulevard, it is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, including Sundays. On April 18, 2012, the AIA's Florida Chapter placed the Edison and Ford Winter Estates on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.

Edison's botanical garden contains more than a thousand varieties of plants from around the world, including African Sausage Trees and a 400-foot (120 m) banyan tree given by Harvey Firestone in 1925. It was originally an experimental garden for industrial products. Later Mrs. Edison gave the garden an aesthetic turn with plantings of roses, orchids and bromeliads.

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Art League of Fort Myers

2) Art League of Fort Myers

The Art League of Fort Myers was opened in 1956 and since then it has maintained its reputation as one of the most important art studios and galleries in the city. It often hosts exhibits of visual art to promote and support artists from the region. Beside painting and photography exhibitions, the Art League organizes diverse workshops and other similar events. The gallery also has a gift shop, where visitors can choose and buy creations by the featured artists.
Art of the Olympians

3) Art of the Olympians

Art of the Olympians in Fort Myers is a very popular museum and art gallery. It was opened in the beginning of 2010 ]in honor of the famous Fort Myers Olympic champion Al Oerter. Beside winning multiple gold medals, he was a very talented artist, appreciated and admired in his hometown. Art of the Olympians hosts diverse exhibitions by sportsmen who are talented in painting, sculpture, photography and other sorts of visual art. The museum and gallery has a gift shop available. Visitors are welcome Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arts For ACT

4) Arts For ACT

Arts For ACT is an art gallery opened and maintained by the Abuse Counseling and Treatment Incorporation (ACT). It's housed in a splendid building with numerous rooms and halls, each of them holding different exhibits of talented photographers, painters and sculptors. The styles of the visual art in the gallery are highly diverse, starting with abstract art and ending in expressionism. The total number of the artists who have their creations shown in the gallery is approximately seventy five. A boutique and gift shop is available. Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays are only by appointment.
Space 39

5) Space 39

Space 39 is a modern and contemporary art gallery located in the historic downtown area. The gallery features creations by talented local painters, photographers and sculptors. The interior walls of the gallery are in bare brick, and the artwork looks very unusual in such a context. Even though the space is not big, the exhibitions are still impressive and important. Most of the exhibits are accompanied by live music performances.

Operation Hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 5.30 pm - 2 am;
Coloring the World

6) Coloring the World

Coloring the World is a new art gallery located in the historic downtown in Fort Myers. It was opened in the beginning of 2010 . The founder and the permanent exhibited artist of Coloring the World is Stephen Gray-Blancett. Most of his works are contemporary paintings. The gallery also offers temporary exhibits of different local visual artists. The aim of the gallery is to support poor children all over the world with school supplies.
Daas Gallery

7) Daas Gallery

Daas Gallery, known formerly as the David Acevedo Art Studio, is a contemporary and non-traditional art gallery located in the downtown area of Fort Myers. It is the project of David Acevedo and Xavier Brignoni, who promote and exhibit the creations of young and talented modern artists from the area. The exhibitions feature sculptures, paintings and other sorts of visual art, the only requirement being for them to be as unusual as possible. The gift shop offers a large choice of souvenirs, jewelry and even T-shirts with the gallery's logo. Visitors are welcome Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Southwest Florida Museum of History

8) Southwest Florida Museum of History (must see)

The Southwest Florida Museum of History is one of the most visited museums in the region. It is housed in the building of the former depot of the Atlantic Coastline Railroad. The museum's collection is organized so that the visitors will learn about the history of southwest Florida and Fort Myers in particular from the very beginning, when the Paleo Indians inhabited the area. The exhibits include early jewelry, weapons, tools and other objects reflecting the perpetually-changing culture and traditions of southwest Florida. The museum also hosts periodical temporary exhibitions like the photography collection of Clyde Butcher. A gift shop is available. Visitors are welcome Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

9) Imaginarium (must see)

The Imaginarium in Fort Myers is a hands-on museum and aquarium. It is a fantastic place for the entire family to visit. Half of the museum is dedicated to live animals, birds and fish. The most popular are the enormous tortoise, the snow white swan, the catfish and the baby gators. Visitors are allowed to feed and play with the animals. The other half of the place is the hands-on museum, where visitors can pretend they are digging for dinosaur bones, organize a puppet performance, forecast the weather and many more engaging activities. The Imaginarium is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Walking Tours in Fort Myers, Florida

Create Your Own Walk in Fort Myers

Create Your Own Walk in Fort Myers

Creating your own self-guided walk in Fort Myers is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Fort Myers Downtown Walking Tour

Fort Myers Downtown Walking Tour

The sunny city of Fort Myers has a number of different and interesting attractions to offer. Visitors taking this downtown walking tour will admire and learn about the oldest mansions and the most important federal buildings with architectural importance, as well as enjoy the sight of the splendid Caloosahatchee River with its yachts and grand bridge and, in the end, take a rest on one of the benches in Centennial Park.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Fort Myers for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Fort Myers has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Fort Myers, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.