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Historical Village closing for season

By Staff | Jul 18, 2013

The Sanibel Historical Museum & Village will close after Saturday, Aug. 3, until Wednesday, Nov. 6.

The Sanibel Historical Museum & Village will close after Saturday, Aug. 3 for the remainder of the summer and into early fall. The museum reopens on Wednesday, Nov. 6 and resumes its Wednesday through Saturday operation schedule from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to museum manager Emilie Alfino, the traditional three months when the museum is closed to the public affords staff an opportunity to make any needed repairs, repaint and spruce up the grounds. Museum volunteers also use the break to prepare next season’s exhibits and plan special events. Administrative staff members are busy updating databases, refining procedures, marketing, and improving existing exhibits. Hurricane shutters go up on all the windows until the week before re-opening.

“The village may be quiet, but we keep working behind the scenes to improve the museum and to prepare for next season,” said Alfino. “I already have more goals for the summer than I can probably fulfill, but every goal is a labor of love and makes the village a more enriching, educational, and fun experience for our visitors.”

Next season’s visitors to the village can look forward to a continuing array of exhibits in each of the seven historic buildings and special docent-led tours of the village at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. In addition, Twilight Talks, which were so popular in the past, are being planned. Meanwhile, work continues on Shore Haven and its Caretakers Cottage.

The museum currently is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS). There is handicap access to all buildings. Admission is $5 for adults 18 and over. Members and children under 18 are free.

For more information call 472-4648 during business hours.