What is Naples’ cultural scene like?

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Though Naples sits on the Gulf of Mexico and is laid back by definition, you’ll find quite a cultural scene during your visit, from art and history museums peppered throughout the area to boutiques and galleries filled with unique trinkets and treasures.

The Naples Museum of Art, open seasonally (October through June), consists of 30,000-square-feet, which is spread over three stories, with 15 galleries and a glass-dome conservatory. The entrance gates are by metal artist Albert Paley; look up once inside and you’ll find chandeliers by glass artist Dale Chihuly. Inside the galleries you’ll find world-class paintings, sculpture, drawings and other works of art.

The Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida has a unique beginning — it started as a middle school classroom exhibit created by students and teachers studying the Holocaust, and has flourished into a museum with more than 1,000 World War II and Holocaust artifacts, many of which were donated or permanently loaned by local survivors and liberators.

Gallery Row, a part of Third Street South in Old Naples, boasts more galleries than any place else in Southwest Florida, and is a go-to spot for collectors. From contemporary to modern to regional works of art, you’re sure to find something to adorn your walls at home.

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