Sanibel Historical Museum and Village

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, Sanibel Island: Hours, Address, Sanibel Historical Museum and Village Reviews: 4.5/5

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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A delightful village museum that recounts the island's history through photographs, exhibits and live presentations.
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tnvolfam
Franklin, TN29 contributions
A wonderful walk back in time
Jul 2021 • Couples
We are in our mid 50s and appreciate local history. If you enjoy local history, this is a wonderful collection of historical buildings that tells and shows the story of Sanibel beginnings. For about an hour, you can immerse yourself into 1920s island life. Well worth the visit.
Written July 30, 2021
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Nancysdolls@hotmail.com
11 contributions
This place is never open!
Jun 2021
We went there several times thinking they would be open and there was no one there. I think they only open like 4 hours at an odd time. Sanibel, we wanted to see your history but you need to open it up during regular day time hours!
Written July 14, 2021
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The museum is open mid-Oct. through July, Tues.-Sat. Beginning in May, we reduce our hours from 10-4, to 10/1. We're closed August-mid-Oct. There are a few reasons for this: most of our volunteers leave the area for the summer, and we need our volunteers to operate; also, our old buildings are not air-conditioned, and temperatures can exceed 100 degrees during our Southwest Florida summers. I hope you will be able to come during one of the times we're open. The museum is a lovely experience. I'm also sorry to have taken so long to respond.
Written October 13, 2021
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upone2000
Grand Rapids, MI72 contributions
Sanibel history at its best
May 2021
Open Tuesday-Saturday @ 10am. Quite a few building with artifacts and pictures. There’s a few volunteers posted around that are willing to share some history of the buildings and families that once lived there. Small gift shop in one of the buildings, some local history books available. A few buildings are air conditioned. Entry fee is $10 per person. Well worth it.
Written May 26, 2021
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Traveler09947501810
1 contribution
If you love Sanibel this is a must do...
Nov 2020
I was so interested to find out the history of Sanibel, which depicts a much different picture from current Sanibel. The buildings that have been restored and moved together represent all aspects of life as Sanibel developed over time. The cracker houses and the houses built from Sears Roebuck kits are amazing and beautifully restored. Agriculture and fishing were the two main industries. We were surprised to learn that Sanibel tomatoes were highly sought after and sent to wide ranging locations including NYC. This is a great way to find out how the island developed and the amount of work it took to survive on the island in earlier years given the hurricanes and mosquitoes. Well worth your time.
Written April 4, 2021
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thehappydane
Elma, NY535 contributions
Nice way to pass an hour
Mar 2021
It is small, but interesting. We only spent about an hour there. The docents are very interested in sharing their knowledge.
Written March 14, 2021
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barbijd92
Sanibel, FL31 contributions
If you love history, this is a must do
Feb 2021
History in a beautiful setting! The historical village is more than old buildings- it is old buildings with a story, the story of people, of the land, and beautiful foliage. it is the story of the different plants (gumbo limbo anyone?) and how Sanibel went from agriculture to tourism and conservation. The delightful volunteer storytellers are well versed in the history of the island and each building, I could not hear enough. My husband and I went there 2/13/21, due to my upcoming knee surgery I had to use a wheelchair, they provided one for free. We spent hours going through the village, and we are not done, this is a must do again. I felt as if I was back in time, and I learned so much about the island I call home. Don't blow through here and not read everything, appreciate every little bit of history. Make sure to talk to the volunteers, they are a wealth of information. Then stop at the gift shop and buy books on the history of Sanibel or Lee County or shells, buy some sea grape honey, and some Sanibel coloring books for the grandkids.
Written February 14, 2021
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Mainzer
DeLand, FL131 contributions
Florida History
Nov 2020 • Friends
I like learning Florida’s history and this is a must see. It’s like walking back in time, with recorded messages and live people who answer your questions. We took lots of pictures, and spent the afternoon wondering around the village
Written February 5, 2021
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Edithmarie
Essexville, MI2 contributions
The Wacksmans
Feb 2020 • Couples
This was a very informative and well worth the Time spent there. They also have a nice gift shop. There were several buildings to tour .
Written April 13, 2020
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Departure282900
5 contributions
Been coming to Sanibel for years...missed this gem 'til now.
Mar 2020
The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is a truly underrated experience for those who love the island, its charm and history.

Consisting of about a dozen original buildings from the early 20th century, well before the causeway was built, when the only means of accessing Sanibel was the ferry, the historical village includes the (second*) original Bailey's General Store, several original homes, the original Post Office and school building, and MANY fascinating historical objects and displays.

Volunteers give informative talks about life on the early island, and a real sense of what it meant to live there.

We have been coming to Sanibel since the early 1970's and I had never visited the museum; what a fool I've been! A really great time and great teaching opportunity for kids.

* -- The original original was destroyed in a hurricane.
Written March 18, 2020
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Carenjames C
Cumming, GA94 contributions
Worth the trip.
Mar 2020
Worth the trip. And I really enjoyed looking at all the old buildings and houses. They’ve done a great job maintaining these facilities. It is interesting to see how Sanibel looked and developed. So much of Sanibel is all new and sparkling that seeing the original Sanabel was fascinating.
Written March 10, 2020
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Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open:
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM