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Sanibel Historical Museum and Village

950 Dunlop Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4017
+1 239-472-4648
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Fun to take a look back at how it was in the beginning

This is a fun tour of different buildings from a bygone era where it all began. The Sears Kit... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
sanibelgirl1246
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Indianapolis, Indiana
One of America's Best Historic Sites!

Married to a Smithsonian-affiliate museum, my husband and I have visited historic sites across... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Katherine F
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Dubuque, Iowa, United States
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A delightful village museum that recounts the island's history through photographs, exhibits and live presentations.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good29%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“general store” (31 reviews)
“early days” (9 reviews)
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950 Dunlop Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4017
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+1 239-472-4648
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"general store"
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"step back in time"
in 10 reviews
"early days"
in 9 reviews
"morning glories"
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"early settlers"
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"rutland house"
in 4 reviews
"excellent docent"
in 3 reviews
"teddy roosevelt"
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"learn how"
in 4 reviews
"wonderful island"
in 3 reviews
"interesting place"
in 5 reviews
"great history"
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"nice job"
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"old florida"
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"short film"
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"self guided tour"
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"well worth the visit"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a fun tour of different buildings from a bygone era where it all began. The Sears Kit house was my favorite. One of the buildings is said to have spirits that remain. If you have read any of the history of Sanibel this...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Married to a Smithsonian-affiliate museum, my husband and I have visited historic sites across America and this is definitely one of our favorites focusing on local history. Don't miss the film at the outset that delivers a great overview of Sanibel's complex delightful history which...More

Thank Katherine F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been to Sanibel many times, but this was our first time visiting the historical village. We really enjoyed this little treasure. Our guide shared so much interesting information with us and we learned so much about Sanibel and the early years. We were fortunate...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At first I was turned off to the idea of a reconstructed village ( all the buildings are original, just moved to be near each other), but it was very interesting to hear about homesteading Sanabel and it's [in]accessability, dealing with the hurricanes and the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first time I visited was with my aunt, who had been a docent there in the early 90s. At the time, the Rutland House, with its beautiful dark panelled walls, served as the Village entrance. Over the years, Shore Haven and its Caretakers Cottage...More

Thank captivasoul
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love this museum. It is inviting and nostalgic. Best of all, it is accessible. You don't need to stand behind a glass wall or barrier. Everything is right there to see, appreciate and enjoy. The docents are very knowledgeable and know so much about...More

Thank Edina517
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting the Sanibel Historical Village is a trip back to old time Florida before the causeway changed life forever and life was at a simpler pace. You had to arrive by ferry, fight the mosquitoes and enjoy fishing or shelling.

Thank Localjane
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Historical Museum take people back in time and gives them a glimpse of what life was like on Sanibel pre-causeway. They explore the effect hurricanes had on the island and the effect of the causeway being built in the early 60's. The restored buildings...More

Thank Kate H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Restored village that included two houses purchased from the Sears catalog~delivered in 30,000 pieces for assembly. Excellent docent described the history of the island.

Thank Richard B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This attraction took me back to when I was a young girl in the 60's. The houses are very well kept, as well as the grounds. Period pieces in the homes, remind you that people didn't need a lot to be happy.

Thank Darlene F
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paap
18 January 2018|
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Response from Sharon B | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see anyone in a wheelchair the day we were there. However, to see some of the historical buildings you had to go up/down steps. Probably best to check with them.
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