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Sanibel historical village set to reopen for season

By Staff | Oct 9, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Sanibel Historical Museum and Village Executive Director Emilie Alfino, Front Desk Assistant Sandy Nering, Business Manager Rachel King and Volunteer Coordinator Jan Symroski.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village will reopen to the community on Oct. 15.

The operating hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Among this season’s highlights are several Twilight Talks and the annual gala fundraiser, set for Feb. 18 at The Community House.

“We are again offering a reciprocal museum membership,” Executive Director Emilie 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 1,000 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 a complete list, visit narmassociation.org.

Also, for the first time, members at the $150 level or above are invited to attend the museum’s “Volunteer Updates.” The events are casual relaxed talks by a wide variety of island icons and held for the benefit of the volunteer docents. Last season, the group heard Ralph Woodring tell stories as only he can, and Mariel Goss described the early days of the bike path. Volunteer Updates are held on the first Monday of each month at noon, from December through March, at Shore Haven.


In addition, new volunteers are always needed at the village. Training will begin on Nov. 4 and Nov. 11. There are many different things for volunteers to do, so anyone can find something they like and are comfortable with. Those interested can contact Alfino at 239-472-4648 or info@sanibelmuseum.org.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village will remain open during the BIG ARTS project, which could continue through January. Parking and access for visitors and volunteers will be available.

The traditional entrance to the village has been closed off for the construction and a new temporary entrance has been made available down the road to the west at what was the exit drive. That drive will now function as both an entrance and exit access. Clear signage has been added at both places.

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

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

For more information, contact 239-472-4648 or visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.

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