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Historical village to host free admission day for the public

May 30, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village will offer free admission to visitors on June 16.

"We decided to hold Free Admission Days because sometimes Sanibel residents tell us they have never been to the village," Executive Director Emilie Alfino said. "I suppose it's the same syndrome that causes New Yorkers to ignore the Empire State Building. With our mission to share and celebrate Sanibel's history, we wanted to do something to entice more people to explore the village. Once they do, we know they'll love it and return many times and bring family and friends."

The free day is aimed at both residents and visitors on the islands.

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The museum tells the story of Sanibel from the Calusa and Spanish eras, to the early pioneer families who settled on the island in the 1800s. It tells of warriors, adventurers, fishermen, farmers and proprietors. The island's way of life is recreated in a village of nine structures that have been relocated from their original sites, restored and preserved. Visitors trace the footsteps of the island's past as they meander along a handicapped-accessible path lined with buildings that represent "old Sanibel," as Sam Bailey said. Tour a home, fishing cottage, post office, schoolhouse, tea room, general store and more.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

Free guided tours are at 10:30 a.m., based upon docent availability.

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Typically, admission costs $10 for ages 18 and older; children and members are free.

For information, call 239-472-4648 or visit online at

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is at 950 Dunlop Road.



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