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Sanibel Historical Museum and Village

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Address: 950 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Phone Number: 239-472-4648
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10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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A delightful village museum that recounts the island's history through...

A delightful village museum that recounts the island's history through photographs, exhibits and live presentations.

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Best investment on the island.

Great history. Interesting buildings. Enjoyed learning all about the island and how it came to be populated. Loved it all. Each building had audio history and you could walk and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Kathy K
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Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
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Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great history. Interesting buildings. Enjoyed learning all about the island and how it came to be populated. Loved it all. Each building had audio history and you could walk and touch all of it rather than stand behind a glass.

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Glenpool, Oklahoma, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we always love to see the history of places we visit. This is extra interesting as we are not from the coast--so to see the differences in the two areas was informative and interesting.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got there after the museum was closed but were still able to walk around the old buildings. Hope to visit on an open day next trip! It was very interesting and I am sure you would learn a lot from their tour.

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Granger, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was an amazing place, the only problem is that it was so hot that I didn't get to spend as much time reading about everything. There is a lot of information to read, make sure you go early they are only open 10-1pm during the summer. Also make sure you see the video it makes everything you see come... More 

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bath
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

A fascinating glimpse of Sanibels history brought alive by the staff that were there to inform you about the exhibits just goes to show how resilient you had to be to live in paradise with the personal stories that were told.

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

The tour starts with short film about the history of Sanibel Island and the families who settled there. Nice collection of buildings that have been moved here and restored. Very interesting. The kids enjoyed looking through the General Store and sitting at the desks in the school.

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

Want to know the history of our beautiful Island and see how the first settlers lived? Want to see the blueprint for the Sanibel Lighthouse? Want to see how people got to the island before the bridge was built? Want to see a Sears and Roebuck house built from a kit out of their catalog? If you like to know... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

The village is a fascinating compilation of historical artifacts, from buildings and furniture to clothing and even a gasoline pump, with reproductions necessary to give a view of life on Sanibel in its earliest days. Each year the Historical society adds more exhibits, which draw people to return visits.

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Southlake, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Though Sanibel's Historical Museum and Village has been in the making for several years, we discovered it this year! What a delightful find and what great value for the minimal admission fee. Intrigued by the past of the island we've visited each April since the '70's, the beautifully restored historical buildings, the many displays and knowledgeable staff told us a... More 

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Our docent Karl was fabulous. He was knowledgeable,organized and confident. This historical society working hand in hand with the city of Sanibel has done a marvelous restoration. The guided tour is included in admission. This visit is best allowed at least 2 hours. The cottages and buildings in the village show Sanibel as it was.

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