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Upcoming Event:
Florida's First flowers- April 27th, 1:00pm-3:00pm

‘Sip’ into spring with afternoon tea at the Mound House! 

Enjoy a yaupon tea bar, explore native plants, and make your own floral buttons!

What is Mound House?

Mound House is a natural history museum contained inside a 1921 historic house, the oldest house on Fort Myers Beach, built on top of a 2,000 year old Calusa shell mound! We offer a variety of programs, tours, and events that tell the story of the 2,000 years of cultural and environmental history. 


Our six exhibit museum details nearly 2,000 years of cultural and environmental history of our site. Home to three distinct cultures including Calusa, Spanish Seminole, and Anglo-Americans; our site reflects the many layers of Southwest Florida's history!

Kayak Tours

Experience the natural beauty of Estero Bay while exploring tidal creeks and winding mangrove tunnels like only a kayaker can. We often see a wide variety of wading birds that you can only see in Florida, and sometimes dolphins and manatees!

Guided Tours

No matter your group size, our tour guides will lead you through an educational and entertaining experience that you’ll never forget. With hands-on replica artifacts, and atlatl throwing, our tours are great for all ages.

Underground Exhibit

Step underground into a nearly 2,000 year old Calusa shell mound with our Stories Beneath Our Feet Exhibit. See the layers of millions of shells the make up the ancient engineering of the Calusa built Shell Mound!

Kayak Tours

Our popular kayak tours are the best way to experience the wild beauty of Estero Bay. Our guides will take you through a maze of mangroves where we have seen herons, rosette spoonbills, dolphins, and manatees. Guides will also point out archaeological sites of the Calusa people and discuss how this native people flourished in Southwest Florida. 

The Mound House Book

What to learn about the Mound House from comfort of your home? Have guests visiting you who want to know about the area? Then The Mound House book is a great idea for you!  All proceeds support the Friends of the Mound House non-profit that supports the Mound House. 

Check out The Virtual Tour

Friends of the Mound House

The Friends started as an ad hoc organization of volunteers that served as Mound House docents, the Friends incorporated in 2005 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Since the founding, the Friends have raised funds to support Mound House programs and created an endowment to generate a continuous source of income to support the Mound House.

Educational REsources

Mound House is a cultural and environmental learning experience that your students will never forget. The downloadable documents below give you everything you need to ensure everyone gets as much as they can from this adventure. Book a tour with us if you haven’t planned for your school trip to the Mound House.

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