America has been built from the sacrifices and dedication of our military, and the Southwest Florida Military Museum stands to honor those sacrifices. Located only 20 minutes from Fort Myers Beach, the museum houses many artifacts from wars dating all the way back to the Revolution and educates its visitors about the true meaning of honor and service.
About the America’s Veterans Foundation
The museum is presented by America’s Veterans Foundation, an organization of veterans dedicated to helping other veterans in need. The primary mission of the foundation is to provide war veterans with a “head start” in getting back into mainstream American life. Volunteers put in over 4,000 hours per month and provide counseling along with necessities like clothing, furniture, canned food, and hygienic items. Donations and proceeds collected at the museum are used to support this wonderful organization.
What You’ll Find in the Southwest Florida Military Museum
The museum is home to thousands of items that have represented or been used by our military members throughout the years. All of these artifacts, ranging from old military uniforms, magazine covers, technology, and even vehicles, have been donated or loaned by the military, government, and individuals. As you explore, you will come across actual war veterans who are either volunteering or visiting the museum. It’s a great way to learn about America’s history while discovering stories you may not have known about our military.
Southwest Florida Military Museum Shop
There are many interesting things for you to purchase in the shop, and the best part is that your proceeds are going towards a good cause. Find military-style hats, gifts, apparel, banners, toys, and interesting military keepsakes.
Every month, a series of events are held at the museum that are used to benefit the organization and the military community. Every Monday-Saturday morning, you can enjoy fresh coffee and donuts! Every Tuesday, the museum hosts a Korean and WWII Veterans Luncheon, and any veteran from any war is welcome to attend. A jazz band plays New Orleans Style dance music every other Wednesday, and this has grown to be one of the most popular events at the museum. For a full list of events, take a look at the museum’s calendar!
Want More to See? Check Out These Nearby Attractions
Iwo Jima Memorial
There are only three replicas of the original Iwo Jima memorial that stands in Arlington, and this is one of them! The memorial depicts five marines and a Navy hospital corpsman hoisting the American flag atop the highest point on Iwo Jima.
Southwest Florida Museum of History
Located in historic Downtown Fort Myers, the Southwest Florida Museum of History is dedicated to preserving valuable history that has shaped the community and even the nation. It is open for you to visit Tuesday-Saturday.
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