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Sanibel Historical Museum and Village to reopen in October

By Staff | Sep 27, 2018


The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village will reopen on Oct. 16, with its operating hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

“We’re planning exciting programs this season, including three of our popular Twilight Talks,” Executive Director Emilie Alfino said. “Our annual gala fundraiser is scheduled for Feb. 19. Watch the local newspapers for specifics. We look forward to seeing old friends as well as welcoming return guests.”

The Twilight Talks, which cost $10 per person, include:

– Jan. 30: “Be Our Guest: The History of Lodging on Sanibel and Captiva,” a partnership between the historical village and the Captiva Island Historical Society at The Community House on Sanibel

– March 13: “Sanibel History Quiz,” a Jeopardy-like game about the history of the island at The Community House on Sanibel

– April 10: “The History of Periwinkle Park” at The Community House on Sanibel

For more information or to buy tickets, contact Alfino at 239-472-4648.

A fourth event – a dinner cruise aboard the Lady Chadwick to Cayo Costa and Cabbage Key in November – is already sold out. There will be a Luminary celebration on Dec. 7 and a Free Admission Day on June 15.

“For the first time this year, we are offering a reciprocal museum membership,” Alfino said. “We have joined the North American Reciprocal Museum family, and a membership at the $150 level or above offers members free admission to more than 900 participating arts, cultural and historical institutions, along with botanical gardens, children’s museums, science and technology centers and more. Many institutions include a discount at their gift shops.”

For more information, visit narmassociation.org.

New volunteers are always needed at the village. Training will begin Nov. 5 and Nov. 12.

Interested individuals can call Alfino at 239-472-4648.

“There are many different things for volunteers to do, so anyone can find a comfortable spot among our village family, doing what they enjoy most,” she said.

Free guided tours are at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., based upon docent availability.

Admission costs $10 for ages 18 and older; children and members are free.

For information, call 239-472-4648 or visit online at www.sanibelmuseum.org.

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