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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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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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Carefully curated collection, wonderful!

We SO enjoyed our time at the Historical Museum and Village. Thought it would be more of a dry, obligatory type visit, but so interesting! You can tell that the docents and staff... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 May 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

We SO enjoyed our time at the Historical Museum and Village. Thought it would be more of a dry, obligatory type visit, but so interesting! You can tell that the docents and staff have lovingly restored the buildings and filled them with fascinating objects and displays. All sorts of interesting items and attention to details. Well-worth the $10 admission fee,... More 

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Gettysburg
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

Last year we went to see the authentic Sears house they have on site and it was wonderful, this year they left us go around by ourselves and there was not a docent on site that was not as nice or informative. Actually they should have someone in the buildings eventually people will learn that no one is around and... More 

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Hudson, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2014

I used to go to Sanibel in the 1950's before The bridge. We had to take a Ferry. The Baileys General Store in the Village was in the same location that it was in when we were there. The wooden houses were similar to what we stayed in. Very nostalgic.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

We are adults and have been to Sanibel before but by taking the time to tour the village we were enlightened by all of the things about the island we had never known before. I would recommend this tour for every Sanibel visitor. The guides were all happy to share their knowledge with their visitors. It is really like taking... More 

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

We have been to Sanibel many times and this was our first time at the museum. It was very interesting with lots of early island historical facts and artifacts. Well worth the entrance fee.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014 via mobile

It is a very easy collection of buildings to walk. I think the crown jewel is the home called Morning Glories. It is amazing to think it was bought through the Sears Catalog. Each building is filled with period memorabilia. Each building also has a recording that provides good background information. There are docent tours available and I could see... More 

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windsor, on
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

A number of historic buildings have been moved to a central location on Sanibel island to replicate a tiny community. The tour guides are very knowledgeble and ready to answer any questions. The buildings (school house, post office, packing shed and two residential houses) were meticulously maintained Was a enjoyable trip back into time - for only $10 per person

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Washington,DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014

We have been to Sanibel several times and have never visited until this past visit. It was great! All the buildings are in great shape and the displays are much better than most museums.

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Pittsburgh
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

We had decided to do the self tour. Houses from around the island had been moved to this one historical area. We were not overly impressed with the tour.

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2014

Lovely museum, nice arrangement of historic homes into a village. Docents very friendly and knowledgeable. I especially liked the Sears house ordered from a catalogue in 1925 which arrived in 30000 pieces. Good for kids lots of things to touch and see. Even the closets and refrig are filled with period food. Nice video as well. Makes history fun.

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