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“a little gem of history on the island”

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village
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Owner description: A delightful village museum that recounts the island's history through photographs, exhibits and live presentations.
Oakville, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
317 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“a little gem of history on the island”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

This lovely little historical village is a MUST visit. It has several historical buildings (about 8 or so) that give you a great snapshot into Sanibel's past. The facilities are well laid out, you can take a self narrated tour they have small recording machines with a 3-5 minute outline of the building in each unit or you can take one of the guided tours. They have two tours a day - 11am and 2 pm. Cost to enter the village is $5 for adults and kids are free - there is not additional charge for the guided tours. The volunteers there are so knowledgeable and so helpful.
Make sure you take time to visit - you can zip through the whole place in 45 minutes but I suggest you spend about 1 1/2 hours there - you won't regret it.

Visited March 2013
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Chisago City, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Nice little historical area. The guide intro is informative.”
Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

We ave visited Sanibel for years and never made it to this attraction. Nice collection of historic buildings that ave been relocated to this site and restored. Twice per day, there s a quick 15 minute guided tour of the main building that was very informative. They overhead the history of the island from commercial farming to today's tourism. The remainder of the buildings are open for a self guided tour with recorded information in most of the buildings.

There are even a couple of Sears "kit" houses on site.

Well worth the 5 bucks for a couple of hours of history.

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Thank Gary K
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harwinton ct
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A little history with your beach ?”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

I like history museums and this one is charming, a variety of refurbished early homes and store moved to the museum grounds. Interesting and knowledgeable volunteers.

Visited March 2013
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, United States
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“History”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Excellent docent-led tours. Well preserved buildings and period pieces tell the not-always-wonderful history of the settlement of Sanibel. All this way before the causeway was built.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Michael S
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
676 reviews
253 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“HISTORIC VILLAGE IS A GEM!”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

What a great gem that Sanibel has managed to keep alive. Very educational and so rich in the history of that Island. You can tour the village on your own or with a tour guide. Each building offers a unique experience. The most impressive to us was the Mail Order Sears and Roebuck House. It will just wow you when you see it. Please visit this wonderful gem located on Sanibel, you won't be disappointed!

Visited March 2013
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