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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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10:00 - 13:00
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Wed - Sat 10:00 - 13:00
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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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Nice tour on cool afternoon

We happened to enter just as a tour was getting underway. It was nice to go through the buildings with a knowledgeble docent. The buildings were all moved to this,area from... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Bos2traveler
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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90 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We happened to enter just as a tour was getting underway. It was nice to go through the buildings with a knowledgeble docent. The buildings were all moved to this,area from other parts of the island and restored to their original condition. There is AC in only one so try to pick a cool day as we did. We visited... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I found the village by chance just happened across the sign in the street directing to museum. I was so impressed that I told a neighbour (I'm here on vacation from England) who had lived in the area for many years she had not realised it was there so took her to have a look and on second visit saw... More 

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Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It took all afternoon to tour the village, and the time was well spent. All the building are open to guests, and, unlike Edison-Ford Winter Home, nothing is blocked off. There are guides who will give you more detailed descriptions and stories. So much to see and learn about Sanibel before it became a tourist attraction.

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Thank Steve B
Somerville
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village does angreat job and showing Sanibel's history. They have a wide variety of artifacts and buildings on display. The staff are very knowledgeable. The staff does a great job at dispensing information in more of a good conversation way than a formal classroom lecture. The admission price is reasonable. The Museum is easy to... More 

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Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A quiet & compact way to gather island history. Very informative, easy to navigate & enlightening. You learn how large scale development on the island was controlled.

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Howell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

This is a definite place for all ages to stop at. Learning Sanibel's history is exciting the way the docent presents it! View their veggie garden and check out their rabbit control. Do not forget to view the video. Step back in time and learn Sanibel's fascinating beginninG and enduring hardships and changes.

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Clermont, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Very nice historical village. I started visiting Sanibel Island in the early 1960's. I can remember going to Bailey's store with my mother.

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Thank Nancy F
Omaha, NE
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

We toured the historical museum and village late one morning. We did our tour independently listening to the prerecorded information at the different sites. At the last building, we found Teri who hails from Italy and Long Island, NY. She made the finale of the visit so interesting and worthwhile. Definitely take a tour when you visit.

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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

this is a wonderful little pioneer village. The volunteers are so friendly and knowledgeable. I cant believe how well maintained the village is and the variety of items you can view is amazing- they even have a rocking chair of Teddy Roosevelt that you can sit it - what a charm

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Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

We finally visited this place. Not sure why we skipped it during prior visits. You learn much about the island. The early families, the racial aspect, the bygone agricultural culture, the isolation of the place, the "community" aspect. This is a good exhibit, intelligently planned and enthusiastically staffed by volunteers, each of whom brings a slightly different -- and occasionally... More 

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