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Sanibel Historical Museum and Village

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Address: 950 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Phone Number: 239-472-4648
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Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Description: A delightful village museum that recounts the island's history through...
A delightful village museum that recounts the island's history through photographs, exhibits and live presentations.
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Gem of American History

This is such a gem of American history. Most people miss it. Best to see it during Spring or winter (check website for opening times) Really worth the trip.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 NEW

This is such a gem of American history. Most people miss it. Best to see it during Spring or winter (check website for opening times) Really worth the trip.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We have been to this refuge in the past. Sanibel is known for its wildlife. We saw giant manatees which made the trip there really worth it. I'd say to wear a lot of bug spray just in case. You can drive through and get out of the car here and there.

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Parrish, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a collection of different structures from the early part of the history of this area. It gives you a glimpse of what and how the area was establish and grew. The history of the different families and their stories makes this tour very interesting. Great for families and couples. A short but quick tour with a video presentation... More 

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Church Hill, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Created to represent Sanibel as it was formed and discovered. A new book, The History of Sanibel, is available which tells about each house in the Historic District. Well put together, very beautiful. Makes you want to live in the cozy little town that was once upon a time.

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Spring Hill, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Very educational. Learned a lot about the history of the area, including some people who contributed to make Sanibel what it is today. Presentation was done with hand held radios that you can select specific numbers to match specific dsiplay areas

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Hollywood, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is a great stop for Sanibel visitors. It is a cute village showing original buildings & artifacts of the early inhabitants of the island. Takes about 1 hour on the tour & you are free to mosey around. My kids were free. That's always a bonus! I love history so for me this was interesting. My kids liked the... More 

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Seminole, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Not sure how many people really know about this museum and village. The museum offers a 15 minute video of the history of the island. It is narrated by Mr. Bailey whose family was one of the original families on the island. After the video you are free to take your time and visit the original buildings that are on... More 

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Absecon, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This was our 2nd visit to Sanibel Historical Museum & Village, and some nice improvements have been made, the new information center is very nice, loved watching the video. We loved our tour of the Village and learning the history of Sanibel, this is a very nice place to visit during a stay on Sanibel, interesting facts about the island... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I always take visitors to the Sanibel Historical Museum. It's a lovely walk through several historical buildings that are accurately restored. My favorites are the one room school house and the seaside cottage. The history of the African American landowners was fascinating. The docents are knowledgeable and friendly.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We were looking to get out of the sun for the day and decided on a visit to the museum. Although the hours were short, it was not open for very long, we still managed to get there and see the whole thing in under 2 hours. They had some interesting stories to share about the island and replicas of... More 

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