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Historical village open, welcoming visitors


PHOTO PROVIDED Board Member Sherry Halleran with her mask and chains for sale in gift shop.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Gift Shop is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A unique item available for sale is masks with chains, created and crafted by Board Member Sherry Halleran.

“We are so happy to be welcoming visitors once again,” Executive Director Emilie Alfino said. “We have gone to great lengths to make sure the village is a safe place for our visitors, volunteers and staff.”

“Everything is running smoothly,” she added. “The village is the perfect outing not just for history lovers, but also for those who don’t want to go to the beach — and those who are cold.”

Visitors and staff are required to wear masks and observe social distancing. Docent-guided tours are suspended until further notice; guided tours are available by advance registration only and are allowed to have a maximum of 10 people from the same household. To schedule a tour, call Jan Symroski at 239-472-1856.

As always, guests can self-tour using written guides and audio recordings available in every building. Docents will be on hand in several outdoor locations to assist and direct people. Enhanced cleaning procedures are in place, and hand sanitizer is available in all buildings. Hands-free water stations are also available, with collapsible water bottles for sale. HEPA filters are running in the busiest rooms.

PHOTO PROVIDED The sitting room in Morning Glories is a visitor favorite.

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

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

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

PHOTO PROVIDED Board Member Judy Addison masked during Christmas decorating.