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Sanibel Historical Museum and Village

Address: 950 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Phone Number: 239-472-4648
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Owner description: A delightful village museum that recounts the island's history through photographs, exhibits and...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Owner description: A delightful village museum that recounts the island's history through photographs, exhibits and live presentations.

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Clarksville, Indiana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Great side trip if you're staying on the island. None of the buildings have AC (with exception of 1st house, where tickets are sold). My wife and I visited during the heat of summer, which I would not advise. Otherwise, a surprisingly fun adventure into the Florida of old. We've been coming here for years, but learned a lot about... More 

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Ft. Myers Beach, FL
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

My sister-in-law took me this wonderful museum. It was particularly special because most of the items, I'm thinking about the old store, I am not old enough to remember. It was enchanting. The school seemed most familiar having been in teaching myself. It looked almost like Little House on the Prairie, but the would have considered it modern. Regardless of... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

Thanks to the Bailey Family and many volunteers on Sanibel we are able to learn and treasure alittle piece of American History. This museum and village is so interesting especially for our younger generations to see how American families worked together to create a wonderful place to live and vacation here. This museum is for everyone, we have visited the... More 

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Miami, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

This is a gem of a place. Several buildings dating back from the early 1900's have been moved to one convenient location. Tons of history of what life was like not only on Sanibel Island but at the turn of the century. So much to take in - my daughter loved the tea house and my son loved the school... More 

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Brooksville, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

It's wonderful to see that Sanibel takes their history so seriously! They've moved a number of buildings to a central location and restored them to near original condition. I particularly appreciated Baily's general store and the Sears catalog house. I could have spent all day looking at everything, but unfortunately only one building is air conditioned so it did get... More 

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New Port Richey, Florida
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133 reviews 133 reviews
65 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Sanibel has done a great job of protecting their history. By moving these historic building and protecting them we have been allowed a great look at the history of this island. The docents are very knowledgable and the recorded history in each home is a great addition. Be sure to check the times and dates, it was open 10-1 and... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Was quite charming! This museum really gives you the feel of how the island grew, and what an adventure life was during the early 1900's.

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Fort Myers
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

There is something about the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village that is not only factual but very much a sense of what life was like in the early days of Sanibel, a place apart. I give it 5.

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La Conner, Washington
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

I really learned a lot about the first Florida homestead families. The hard times and how simple life was back then. I really like the informational recordings as you self guide through all the homes. The history of each house and the people who lived in them. I don’t know how they lived in the harsh environment back then but... More 

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Plainfield, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

It is a flash back in time! Historical buildings from the turn of the century and more...see what life on the island was like a century ago.

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