Visitors can enjoy guided tours
of our three historical buildings, which are surrounded by our Florida Friendly Gardens and our well-manicured rose garden.
|"Behind the Mask - Cape Coral Heroes" |
June 26, 2020 through January 9, 2021
The Cape Coral Historical Museum continues its celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Cape Coral with a temporary exhibit titled "Behind the Mask - Cape Coral Heroes" which will run through early next year. This tribute to our local first responders will showcase the history of the Cape Coral Fire Department, Cape Coral Police Department and Cape Coral Hospital along with personal items and stories of those who have served through the years. Each Department will be featured for an eight-week period, with a two-week deinstall/install period in between.
2020 has brought many health and safety challenges this year, and our community members have relied on the help of first responders more than ever. These local superheroes have always done so much for the community. Now it is time for us to honor them.
The Rosen Building
is named in honor of Leonard and Jack Rosen, the Fathers of Cape Coral. Together they created the Gulf American Land Corporation, purchased the land that they dug into canals, and invented Cape Coral. The Rosen building was the original pro shop/snack bar at the Cape Coral Country Club in 1960. It was moved to the present location as the first museum in 1987. The Rosen Building houses our administrative offices, the Museum Store and our video viewing room.
The Gulf American Land Corp. Building
opened in 2003. It features a replica sales room that brings to life the Rosens' innovative marketing tactics. The GALC building also features information on the Calusa and Seminole Native Americans, original homesteaders, cracker house exhibits, and a mural depicting the beautiful Cape Coral Gardens. It also is the home to our Archive and Reference Library which holds all of the Museum's artifacts, club and city records, and reference files on almost every topic!
The Kelly Building
was donated by Clint and Sue Kelly, long time residents of Cape Coral, and opened in 2008. The majority of the Kelly building chronicles the growth of the city’s businesses, government, schools, services and parks from the City's incorporation date of 1970.