Things to Know Before You Come

  1. Be sure to leave early and that you have correct directions. The average drive time from the Ft. Lauderdale or Naples areas is approximately 1.5 hours.
  2. Smoking is not permitted on the museum grounds.
  3. In order to experience all the museum has to offer, it is important that tours begin on time. Please plan to arrive no later than 20 minutes before your tour start time.
  4. Some activities are subject to cancellation or change without notice due to cultural, weather, or time related reasons.
  5. Use name tags. They’re of great help to tour guides to address students by name and identify chaperones.
  6. Inform students that although many of the exhibits have no visible barriers, they ARE NOT to be touched, this includes sitting or leaning on the exhibits.
  7. No food or drink is allowed inside the Museum.
  8. No flash photography is allowed inside the Museum.
  9. Parking is free.
  10. Bring a sweater; the Museum is kept at a cool 70° year-round for the safety of the artifacts.
  11. There are no concessions on the Museum grounds; however, there are several eating establishments throughout the Big Cypress Reservation.
  12. Although our museum is dedicated to the history of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, please emphasize to your students that any Tribal members they may encounter on their visit are modern-day Seminoles. Please speak with your students about stereotypes and inappropriate behavior. Please review the attached guide on ways to speak with your students about this topic.
  13. If you planned to spend part of your day at Billie Swamp Safari, we recommend that you visit the museum first.
  14. If you are bringing lunches with you, please plan to leave them on the bus until it is time for you to eat. Food cannot be brought into the museum and is susceptible to animals if left outside.
  15. Tribal members in the village often have their crafts for sale. Students may want to bring money for purchases (cash only).
  16. Please review this information with your chaperones.

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