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“Great experience in history” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sanibel Historical Museum and Village

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village
950 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
239-472-4648
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: A delightful village museum that recounts the island's history through photographs, exhibits and live presentations.
New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Great experience in history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011

Walking through time and feeling the History and beginnings of how Sanibel Island started and how it still remains with nature as one.

Visited October 2010
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Miami Fl
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61 reviews 61 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“A Must See!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

Leave the beach for a moment and see this gem! I came here as a child back in the 50's and this museum of 8 buildings is so neat and shows the history of this island.See it!!

Visited August 2011
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Frisco, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful historic village”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2011

We really enjoyed touring the old Sanibel village, there were many very interesting artifacts scattered throughout the village. The shell art was absolutely amazing, and learning how the early settlers used the shells and other local plants to their advantage was unforgettable. A great short by pass from the beach, it's a short tour, but definitely worth it!

Visited June 2011
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Pittsburgh, PA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Great Docents!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

The museum itself was fairly interesting - a collection of old houses, furnished as they would have been during the early years on Sanibel Island (first part of the last century). The most amazing thing was all of the old household product cans and boxes used to add ambiance to each building, especially in the general store! I can't imagine where they got so many of those items,all in mint condition. But the best part of the tour was actually the portion we spent with one of the docents. She was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable and friendly - it really made that part of our tour wonderful. The magic of the museum definitely faded a bit after she had to leave us for other patrons. If I had one complaint it would be that there aren't quite enough docents to go around to give everyone a fabulous guided tour. Also, be warned: none of the buildings are air-conditioned and they are sweltering inside during the hot summer months (the museum also has limited hours during the summer).

Visited June 2011
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Chicago, Illinois
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6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Turn of the 20th Century Sanibel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2011

Very interesting historic village. The Sears home "Morning Glory" has become our ideal dream house for a summer home. The tea house was charming, and the old post office an ingenious display of the grit and determination Sanibel residents had.

The old Bailey general store not only has a great display of what used to be sold, but an archive of old Sanibel related news stories to read. The fight for environmentalism and conservation is truly inspiring.

Our favorite buildings were the old school house and the cracker house. Whoever wrote the information cards throughout the buildings has a very dry sense of humor. Many of the visitors there on the days we were chuckled their way through the reading of the cards and the listening of the audio tapes. It is a very impressive use of space and information.

The docents are delightful! Very knowledgable, friendly and charming.

The tiny gift shop has a couple of gems. It is well worth the time to check out, and most of the stuff is Made in the USA. A nice touch.

Well worth the $5 admission cost, and a must do on the island.

Visited May 2011
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