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Sanibel Historical Museum and Village

950 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
239-472-4648
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Description: A delightful village museum that recounts the island's history through photographs, exhibits and live presentations.
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USA
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120 reviews 120 reviews
29 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Apparently our visit to this area was the wrong time of the year. Many shops, museums and restaurants were closed, including this attraction. We were really hoping to visit it. It looked interesting from the parking lot. Even for out of season, there were plenty of people on the island. What a shame the locals are missing out on our... More

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Jeffersonville, Indiana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

My daughter & I enjoyed our visit so much in June 2013 that we took other family back in July 2014. Staff is very friendly and knowledgable. Very interesting for all ages.

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Geneva, Illinois
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76 reviews 76 reviews
31 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Was closed until November. Be aware of this. I think this is against the regular visitors of Sanibel especially during the summer. We wanted to go there to see something special, but it was closed

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Honesdale, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is a small area set aside to preserve the way of life on the island in the early years showing how folks lived in a time when the pace was much slower and relaxed than it is today. Very Interesting.

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Aventura
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Visited the Museum and village on our family vacation earlier this month. Village consists of a few historical Sanibel building that have been relocated into the Museum grounds. Building have been restored to their original state and truly depict life in South Florida and specifically on Sanibel Island about 100 years ago. Grounds keeper and Museum curator are absolutely lovely... More

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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Nestled back in the back of the Tarpon Bay is a village that is the Historical Sanibel. The history of the Island lies here. If you are a history buff, want to know just how that Island got started, nose around to the beginning of time.

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Columbus, Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

My family and I enjoyed learning about the pioneers of Sanibel Island. We really enjoyed hearing about the contributions of the Bailey family. My sons loved ringing the bell at the school house. This was worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We very much enjoyed visiting the village. While the houses were not all originally located there, it's nice how they are arranged. We opted to go through on the tour with the docent. I felt the tour should have been capped at 6 people. It was hard to hear and the rooms were very small, leaving me feeling cramped in... More

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Clarion, Pennsylvania
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85 reviews 85 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I finally made it to the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village on my most recent trip to Sanibel/Captiva. I found it very interesting! I have been vacationing on the islands for 8 years, and for that reason, I might have found it more interesting than someone who is there for the first time. The docent was very knowledgeable, and I... More

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Freehold, New Jersey
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Seven historically significant buildings of Sanibel history have been moved to this site from their original locations on Sanibel. Each restored to its original state, preserving and sharing a bit of Sanibel history….learn about the pioneer families, farmers, fishing and proprietors. Definitely worth a visit.

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