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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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Columbus, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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
26 helpful votes 26 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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29 reviews 29 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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Harrison Township, Michigan
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76 reviews 76 reviews
14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We enjoyed the docent led tour last weekend. It was very interesting and informative. The tour guide was enthusiastic and really knew most everything there was to know about the history of the island. The buildings that were on display were preserved in great condition. I would definitely recommend this place for a visit.

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Columbus, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We SO enjoyed our time at the Historical Museum and Village. Thought it would be more of a dry, obligatory type visit, but so interesting! You can tell that the docents and staff have lovingly restored the buildings and filled them with fascinating objects and displays. All sorts of interesting items and attention to details. Well-worth the $10 admission fee,... More

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Gettysburg
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Last year we went to see the authentic Sears house they have on site and it was wonderful, this year they left us go around by ourselves and there was not a docent on site that was not as nice or informative. Actually they should have someone in the buildings eventually people will learn that no one is around and... More

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Hudson, Massachusetts
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104 reviews 104 reviews
40 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I used to go to Sanibel in the 1950's before The bridge. We had to take a Ferry. The Baileys General Store in the Village was in the same location that it was in when we were there. The wooden houses were similar to what we stayed in. Very nostalgic.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We are adults and have been to Sanibel before but by taking the time to tour the village we were enlightened by all of the things about the island we had never known before. I would recommend this tour for every Sanibel visitor. The guides were all happy to share their knowledge with their visitors. It is really like taking... More

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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132 reviews 132 reviews
52 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We have been to Sanibel many times and this was our first time at the museum. It was very interesting with lots of early island historical facts and artifacts. Well worth the entrance fee.

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