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Sanibel Historical Museum and Village

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Address: 950 Dunlop Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4017
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+1 239-472-4648
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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Don't Make This Your LAST Stop

There's much to do on Sanibel. But along the way you see or hear about the colorful history of not only the island but some of the families and businesses still there. This is... read more

Reviewed June 6, 2015
Dennis F
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Fort Myers, Florida
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Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed June 6, 2015

There's much to do on Sanibel. But along the way you see or hear about the colorful history of not only the island but some of the families and businesses still there. This is the place to tie it all together. They have moved or recreated structures to create a historical village that tells the stories. It's really well done.... More 

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East Anglia
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed June 6, 2015

We visited the village as a stopgap between our stay on Sanibel and moving to Captiva, but we were delighted with the place and so glad we stopped to see it. At 10dollars admission, it has to be the best value on the island. You start with a 15minute film, featuring Sam Bailey, the remaining member of the early pioneer... More 

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Lanesville, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2015

What a treat to see how Sanibel came to be. The little Sears House is beautiful. The historical society has done a wonderful job of restoring all the buildings. Great place to visit no matter your age!

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed June 1, 2015

A fascinating look at how the European settlers lived on the island many years ago. If you want to see what "Old Florida" looked like, this is it!

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Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2015

Totally something everyone need to visit when on the island. You really get a great feel for the old days on Sanibel.

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Springfield, Missouri
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Reviewed May 12, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed this small (unaccompanied) tour. You go at your own pace. If you like Historical sites, I feel this is worth the visit and it doesn't take long ( an hour at the most). The old store, school and cottages have wonderful memorabilia.

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Virginia
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Reviewed May 12, 2015

Open 10-1 Wed - Sat, cost $10 for adults. Docent guided tour available at no additional cost. Eight historically significant buildings have been moved to the village, including 1896 Sanibel School House for White Children, 1913 Rutland House, 1900 Sanibel Packing House, 1926 Post Office, 1898 Burnap Cottage, 1926 Miss Charlotta's Tea Room, 1927 Old Bailey General Store, and my... More 

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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Reviewed May 6, 2015

I have been to numerous historic parks but this has to be one of the best. We started with the 15 minute movie then did the self tour and spent over 2 hours. Each building has a recording to tell of its history. The buildings have been wonderfully restored and staged with appropriate items. The village is easily accessible by... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is worth a couple of hours to learn the old island life of early Sanibel. A great museum with neat voice recordings as you walk into the buildings. A great activity for a cloudy day or break from the beach.

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Crofton, Maryland
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Reviewed April 7, 2015

We enjoyed this,(especially after being disappointed by the Darling refuge). It is $10/person but kids are free. The buildings have been moved from around the island but include a post office, school, general store, packing building and several homes including one purchased from Sears in 30,000 pieces and assembled. I was amazed at the number of "things" they had to... More 

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