Sanibel Historical Museum & Village

#8 in Best Things To Do in Sanibel Island
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950 Dunlop Road

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Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.0

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  • 3.0Value
  • 2.0Facilities
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This historic village has been cobbled together since 1984. Of the complex's 10 buildings, nine were relocated from other parts of Sanibel to the present site so that they could be preserved. The buildings date from 1896 to 1927 and include a schoolhouse, several cottages, a tea room and a packing house. Each building helps to tell the story of Sanibel's history, which spans hundreds of years. There's information about the Calusa tribes as well as Sanibel's fishermen and farmers.  

Recent travelers were impressed with the museum. They enjoyed seeing the evolution of Sanibel over time and highly recommend taking the guided tour for an extra treat.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from mid-October through April. From May through July, it's open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission costs $10 for visitors 18 and older; children can explore for free. Tours are available at no additional cost and run at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., based on volunteer availability. Visit the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village's website for more information.

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