Sanibel Historical Museum and Village

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village
4.5
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 nine accurately restored original buildings, photographs, exhibits and live presentations. From 1896 through 1927.
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Phil R
Woodbridge, CT8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If you are at all interested in the history of Sanibel from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s this is an excellent place to visit. There is an introductory 18 minute video which is quite interesting. Guided tours are available but after the video you can get a lot out of visiting the buildings on your own. The old Bailey’s general store and the one room Island schoolhouse were two of the more interesting buildings to me but the entire village was educational and worth visiting.
Written February 10, 2020
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upone2000
Grand Rapids, MI72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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BenM555
Plymouth, MA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We were so glad we went here. It put Sanibel Island in perspective. After a short film, we toured the historical buildings (moved from other sites) by ourselves, but there were informed, friendly docents nearby to answer our questions.
Written January 14, 2022
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Traveler09947501810
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Johmo
Whitefish, MT133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Reassembled , restored, and stocked with every imaginable household item in the pioneers homes, school, and country store. The introductory video is a must see to get an in depth greeting to who lived in these very houses. Fascinating.
Written June 12, 2022
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Mainzer
DeLand, FL131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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jjeffris
Chicago, IL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It is great if you are interested in Sanibel, and also interesting re American history. Charming old Sear's house, a store, a tea house, a school. Lots of kids were there and seemed to be loving it, and my husband and I loved it too.
Written February 24, 2020
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Nancysdolls@hotmail.com
11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Carenjames C
Cumming, GA106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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lilibee
Chicago, IL26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 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.
Written May 21, 2011
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