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Sanibel Historical Museum and Village set for reopening

By HISTORICAL VILLAGE - | Oct 13, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Sanibel Historical Museum and Village Executive Director Emilie Alfino, Volunteer Coordinator Jan Symroski and volunteers and staff are prepared for the property's reopening for season on Oct. 20.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village will reopen to visitors for the season on Oct. 20.

“We are excited to open for guests to visit and enjoy all the Historical Village has to offer,” Executive Director Emilie Alfino said. “Thanks to months of work by our board and staff, we are ready to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors.”

New safety protocols and policies will include the following:

– Visitors, volunteers and staff will be required to wear a face mask and observe social distancing throughout their time on the property. Guests are encouraged to bring their own masks; however, the museum will provide masks. Guests not wearing face masks will not be allowed on the property.

– Regular guided tours will be suspended at least until January. However, visitors can make appointments for guided tours with 48 hours notice, for a minimum of six and no more than 10 guests; masks will be required. The advance-notice tours are meant to accommodate families or small business groups. There is no additional cost; tours are included in the $10 entrance fee.

– Guests can self-tour using the audio buttons available in each building. In addition, a brochure guiding guests through the property with detailed information about the buildings will be available.

– Restrooms and surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected regularly, in addition to enhanced cleaning procedures throughout the village.

– Hand sanitizer will be available in all buildings.

– Two hands-free water stations will be available for guests to fill their own bottles. Collapsible bottles will be available for sale.

– Anyone who is feeling ill or has been in contact with someone who has been feeling ill in the last 14 days is asked not to visit the museum.

“We are working on plans for our events for the season and will have a schedule available soon,” Alfino said. “The board has decided to cancel our annual gala fundraiser during this challenging time. We’re planning several Twilight Talks, but the dates, times and locations are yet to be finalized.”

Events will be posted online at www.sanibelmuseum.org.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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

To schedule an advance-notice tour, contact Jan Symroski at 239-472-1856.

For more information or to donate, call 239-472-4648 or visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.

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