Open Tuesday through Saturday 9am to 4pm

Admission: Adults $10 | Students with college ID $8 | Ages 12 to 6 $5 | Ages 5 and under free

Find Out More About Mound House

NEW! MOUND KEY BOAT TOURS


New Dates will be released soon!

Leaving port from Fish Tale Marina, board the Estero Bay Express on an exclusive experience to Mound House and onto Mound Key, Capital of the Calusa. At both sites you will learn about the rich history of the Calusa as well as new findings scientists are discovering about this ancient society. Guests will disembark from the boat to hike the trails of Mound Key. All along the way, discover the ecology of Estero Bay as you search for diverse wildlife including dolphins, manatees, and birds. This trip requires walking and travelling over rough terrain.

Reservations required.
Call 239-765-0865 for more information and to secure reservations.
COST: $55 per person; Members $50. Weather permitting.

NEW! GUIDED KAYAK ECO-TOUR


Check the May calendar of events below for scheduled tours.

Explore the winding mangrove creeks and hidden backwaters of Estero Bay as only a kayaker can. This unique eco-tour is guided by Dexter Norris, biologist, naturalist and Mound House Environmental Educator. Experience the abundant natural beauty of the ancient realm of the Calusa. Search for birds, fish, manatees and dolphins as you paddle through the Estero and Hell Peckney bays in a tandem kayak. Conditions permitting, the tour includes a stop at Dog Key archaeological site. Mound House kayak tours are conducted in accordance with Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism guidelines. All paddling equipment provided. Weather permitting.

Reservations required.
Call 239-765-0865 for more information and to secure reservations.
COST: $45 per person (Members $15) Museum Admission included. Private group tours available.


NEW! SUNSET FULL-MOON RISING KAYAK TOURS


May 11th from 6pm to 8:30pm.

Scheduled to catch the full moon rising on a beautiful sunset, participants will explore tidal creeks and winding mangrove tunnels extending into the hidden backwaters of Estero Bay as only a kayaker can. This unique tour offers rare opportunity to experience the abundant life within our estuary in the quiet of twilight.

Reservations required.
Call 239-765-0865 for more information and to secure reservations.
COST: $50 per person (Members $25) All paddling equipment provided.

About Mound House


History

Estero Island’s oldest standing structure at the Mound House has recently been restored to its 1921 grandeur and is now open as a cultural and environmental learning center. Mound House is a unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay and offers a variety of programs for local residents, visitors and school groups. Experience this one of a kind museum that sits atop a 2,000 year old Calusa Indian Shell Mound.

Hours of Operation

May 1st to December 31st
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
9am-4pm

January 1st to April 30th
Tuesday through Saturday
9am-4pm

Admission

Adults = $10
Students with college ID= $8
Ages 12 to 6 = $5
Ages 5 and under free

May Events


May 2: TUES.

  • 9am – Guided Beach Walk (at Newton Beach Park), Free
  • 10am – New! Pictures of the Past, Adults $15, Includes museum admission(Members free)
  • 11am- Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission(Members free)
  • 1pm - Calusa Indian Shell Mound Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission(Members free)
  • 2pm- Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)

May 3: WED.

  • 9am- 12pm - Guided Kayak Eco-Tours, $45 (Members $15) Reservations required.
  • 10am – Archaeology of the Mound House, $5 (Members free)
  • 11am - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission(Members free)
  • 1pm - Gardens of the Mound House Walking Tour, $5(Members free)
  • 2pm - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)

May 4: THURS.

  • 9am - 12pm- Guided Kayak Eco-Tours, $45 (Members $15) Reservations required.
  • Mound House Museum Closed

May 6: SAT.

  • 10am – New!Calusa Indian Pottery, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)
  • 11am- Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)
  • 1pm - Calusa Indian Shell Mound Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)
  • 2pm - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission(Members free)

May 9: TUES.

  • 9am – Guided Beach Walk (at Newton Beach Park), Free
  • 10am – Calusa Tools and Weapons, $5(Members free)
  • 11am - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)
  • 1pm - Gardens of the Mound House Walking Tour $5, (Members free)
  • 2pm - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)

May 10: WED.

  • 9am- 12pm - Guided Kayak Eco-Tours, $45 (Members $15) Reservations required.
  • 10am –Calusa Art and Culture, $5 (Members free)
  • 11am - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)
  • 1pm - Calusa Indian Shell Mound Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)
  • 2pm - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)

May 11: THURS.

  • 6pm-8:30pm –Sunset Guided Kayak Tour, $50 (Members $25) Reservations required.
  • Mound House Museum Closed.

May 12: FRI.

  • New! 8:30am Breakfast on the Beach with Biologist Dexter Norris (Newton Beach Park, 4650 Estero Blvd.) Reservations required 239-765-0865; $15 per person. Mound House Museum Closed.

May 13: SAT.

  • 9am - 12pm- Guided Kayak Eco-Tours, $45 (Members $15) Reservations required.
  • 2pm - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)

May 16: TUES.

  • 9am – Guided Beach Walk (at Newton Beach Park), Free
  • 1pm - Cool Calusa Indian Tools and Weapons, $5 (Members free)
  • 2pm- Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)

May 17: WED.

  • 1pm - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)
  • 2pm - Calusa Indian Shell Mound Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)

May 20: SAT.

  • 11am – Gardens of the Mound House Walking Tour, $5 (Members free)
  • 1pm - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)
  • 2pm- Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)

May 23: TUES.

  • 9am – Guided Beach Walk (at Newton Beach Park), Free
  • 10am – Archaeology of the Mound House, $5 (Members free)
  • 11am - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)
  • 1pm - Calusa Indian Shell Mound Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)
  • 2pm - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)

May 24: WED.

  • 9am- 12pm- Guided Kayak Eco-Tours, $45 (Members $15) Reservations required.
  • 10am – Calusa Indian Tools and Weapons, $5 (Members free)
  • 11am - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)
  • 1pm - Gardens of the Mound House Walking Tour $5, (Members free)
  • 2pm - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)

May 26: FRI:

  • New! 8:30am Breakfast on the Beach with Biologist Dexter Norris (Newton Beach Park, 4650 Estero Blvd.) Reservations required 239-765-0865; $15 per person.
  • Mound House Museum Closed.

May 27: SAT.

  • 9am- New! Family Fun Kayak Tour- for ages 6 and up- Call (239)765-0865 for information and reservations.
  • 10am- New! Calusa Indian Pottery, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)
  • 11am- Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)
  • 1pm - Gardens of the Mound House Walking Tour, $5 (Members free)
  • 2pm- Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)

May 31: WED.

  • 9am- 12pm- Guided Kayak Eco-Tours, $45 (Members $15) Reservations required.
  • 10am –Calusa Indian Art and Culture, $5 (Members free)
  • 11am - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)
  • 1pm- Calusa Indian Shell Mound Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)
  • 2pm- Guided Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (Members free)

June Events


June 3: SAT.

  • 10am – Archaeology of the Mound House. Can You Dig it? $5(MH Members free)
  • 11am- Guided Tour, Adults $15, Ages 6 to 12 - $10, Includes museum admission(MH Members free)
  • 2pm - Calusa Indian Shell Mound Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission(MH Members free)

June 6: TUES.

  • 9am – Guided Beach Walk (at Newton Beach Park), Free
  • 10am – New! Counting on the Mound (Ages 3 and 4 and 5 year olds not yet in kindergarten); $2 (MH Members free)
  • 11am – Gardens of the Mound House Walking Tour, $5 (MH Members free)
  • 2pm- Guided Tour, Adults $15, Ages 6 to 12- $10, Includes museum admission(MH Members free)

June 7: WED.

  • 8am - Guided Kayak Eco-Tours, $45 (MH Members $15) Reservations required.
  • 10am –Calusa Indian Tools and Weapons, $5 (MH Members free)
  • 11am - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Ages 6 to 12- $10, Includes museum admission (MH Members free)
  • 2pm- Guided Tour, Adults $15, Ages 6 to 12- $10, Includes museum admission (MH Members free)

June 9: FRI.

  • 8:30am New! Breakfast on the Beach with Biologist Dexter Norris (Newton Beach Park, 4650 Estero Blvd.) Reservations required 239-765-0865; $15 per person.
  • Mound House Museum Closed.

June 10: SAT.

  • 8:30am- New! Family Fun Kayak Tour- for ages 6 and up- Call (239)765-0865 for information and reservations.
  • 2pm - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Ages 6 to 12- $10, Includes museum admission (MH Members free)

June 13: TUES.

  • 9am – Guided Beach Walk (at Newton Beach Park), Free
  • 11am - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Ages 6 to 12- $10, Includes museum admission (MH Members free)
  • 2pm - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Ages 6 to 12- $10, Includes museum admission (MH Members free)

June 14: WED.

  • 1pm - Calusa Indian Shell Mound Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission(MH Members free)
  • 2pm - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Ages 6 to 12 - $10, Includes museum admission(MH Members free)

June 17: SAT.

  • 8am - Guided Kayak Eco-Tours, $45 (MH Members $15) Reservations required.
  • 2pm – Guided Tour, Adults $15, Ages 6 to 12- $10, Includes museum admission (MH Members free)

June 20: TUES.

  • 9am – Guided Beach Walk (at Newton Beach Park), Free
  • 2pm- Guided Tour, Adults $15, Ages 6 to 12 - $10, Includes museum admission (MH Members free)

June 21: WED.

  • 10am – New! Calusa Indian Pottery, Children 6 to 12 - $10, Ages 13 and up- $15 (MH Members free) Includes museum admission
  • 11am - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Ages 6 to 12- $10, Includes museum admission (MH Members free)
  • 2pm - Calusa Indian Shell Mound Tour, Adults $15, Includes museum admission (MH Members free)

June 24: SAT.

  • 8:30am- New! Family Fun Kayak Tour- for ages 6 and up- Call (239)765-0865 for information and reservations.
  • 11am - New! Crafting with Nature- For ages 6 and up accompanied with an adult, $5 (MH Members free)
  • 2pm - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Ages 6 to 12 - $10, Includes museum admission (MH Members free)

June 27: TUES.

  • 9am – Guided Beach Walk (at Newton Beach Park), Free
  • 9am- New! Beach Nesting Birds; Reservations required 239-765-0865. $10 (MH Members free)
  • 10am- Calusa Indian Art and Culture, $5 (MH Members free)
  • 11am -Guided Tour, Adults $15, Ages 6 to 12 - $10, Includes museum admission (MH Members free)
  • 2pm - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Ages 6 to 12 - $10, Includes museum admission (MH Members free)

June 28: WED.

  • 10am- New! Scents of the Garden, $5 (MH Members free)
  • 11am - Guided Tour, Adults $15, Ages 6 to 12 - $10, Includes museum admission (MH Members free)
  • 2pm- Gardens of the Mound House Walking Tour, $5 (MH Members free)

June 29: THURS.

  • 8am - Guided Kayak Eco-Tours, $45 (MH Members $15) Reservations required 239-765-0865.
  • Mound House Museum Closed.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Limited availability on all tours and programs, call for reservations and availability.


ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE MOUND HOUSE- WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE AN ARCHAEOLOGIST?Explore items archaeologists recovered from the Calusa Indians that lived on this 2,000 year old Indian Shell Mound. Participants will have the opportunity to view artifacts currently not on display, and sort through material from the shell mound. Get down to the nitty gritty of being an archaeologist by learning some of the techniques and tools that are used. This program is suited for visitors of all ages.

CALOOSA CARVERS DEMONSTRATIONS:Join the Caloosa Carvers on the grounds of the Mound House for woodcarving demonstrations featuring several replica artifacts from the Calusa culture.

CALUSA INDIAN SHELL MOUND TOUR:Go on a walking tour of the grounds once a Calusa Indian Village and learn about the history of the site, the variety of plantings and what lies beyond the mound that has sustained people for thousands of years.

CALUSA INDIAN POTTERY: TIME TO GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY!New! Explore the ceramics of Southwest Florida and the Calusa Indians with this hand on program. Participants will make and decorate their own piece of clay pottery while learning how the Calusa and other indigenous people made their ceramics. Sneak a peek at artifacts not currently on public display and learn how archaeologists study pottery fragments and other artifacts to better understand cultures of the past.

CALUSA INDIAN TOOLS AND WEAPONS:Known as the “shell people”, the Calusa Indians lived in Southwest Florida for over 2,000 years. Learn about the variety of weapons and tools they made from local resources. Try your luck with an ancient atlatl “spear thrower” as you step back in time atop an ancient Calusa Indian Shell Mound. This program is suited for visitors of all ages.

GARDENS OF THE MOUND HOUSE WALKING TOUR:Discover the wide variety of unique and native plants that make up the gardens of the Mound House and how the Calusa Indians and Early Settlers used them in their daily lives.

GUIDED BEACH WALK AT NEWTON BEACH PARK:Explore the natural treasures on Fort Myers Beach through a guided walk along the shore. Participants should meet at Newton Beach Park under thatched hut (4650 Estero Blvd). Wear sunscreen, appropriate clothing, shoes and hats. Tours are approximately 45 minutes - weather permitting.

GUIDED KAYAK ECO-TOUR:Explore the winding mangrove creeks and hidden backwaters of Estero Bay as only a kayaker can. This unique eco-tour is guided by Dexter Norris, biologist, naturalist and Mound House Environmental Educator. Experience the abundant natural beauty of the ancient realm of the Calusa. Search for birds, fish, manatees and dolphins as you paddle through the Estero and Hell Peckney bays in a tandem kayak. Conditions permitting, the tour includes a stop at Dog Key archaeological site. Mound House kayak tours are conducted in accordance with Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism guidelines. All paddling equipment provided. Weather permitting. COST: $45 per person (Members $15) Museum Admission included. Private group tours available. Reservations required. 239-765-0865

GUIDED TOUR:Call 239-765-0865 for availability. These tours are guided by staff interpreters and perfect for both adults and families. Come and experience a variety of hands on interactives and see inside a 2,000 year old Calusa Indian Shell Mound!

LIVE MARINE CREATURES OF FORT MYERS BEACH: New! Join us for a marine touch tank experience and see up close what marine creatures the Calusa Indians depended on for survival. Explore various marine species found on Fort Myers Beach and learn about their important role in the environment and how they were utilized by the Calusa, early settlers and people today.

MOUND KEY BOAT TOURS: New! Leaving port from Fish Tale Marina, board the Estero Bay Express on an exclusive experience to Mound House and onto Mound Key, Capital of the Calusa. At both sites you will learn about the rich history of the Calusa as well as new findings scientists are discovering about this ancient society. Guests will disembark from the boat to hike the trails of Mound Key. All along the way, discover the ecology of Estero Bay as you search for diverse wildlife including dolphins, manatees, and birds. This trip requires walking and travelling over rough terrain. Reservations required. Call 239-765-0865 for more information and to secure reservations. COST: $55 per person; Members $50. Weather permitting.

SETTLERS ON THE SHELLS TOUR:Tour with one of our educators to explore one of the area’s most unique sites. Discover the sites eclectic history starting with the Calusa Indians who settled on the property 2,000 years ago.

SUNSET KAYAK TOURS:Scheduled to catch a beautiful sunset off the water of Estero Bay, participants will explore tidal creeks and winding mangrove tunnels extending into the hidden backwaters of the bay as only a kayaker can. This unique tour offers rare opportunity to experience the abundant life within our estuary in the quiet of twilight. Reservations required 239-765-0865. COST: $50 per person (Members $25) All paddling equipment provided.

WALKING WITH WILDLIFE:New! There is a wondrous variety of birds, insects, reptiles, and mammals which can be observed on the grounds and the local bay waters of the Mound House. Join us for a leisurely walk and close-up look at the wide variety of creatures that live or visit here during different times of the year.

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