Historical Village Exhibiting Vintage Toys; Traditional Luminary Event Cancelled

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The Sanibel Historical Village will display an exhibit of antique and vintage toys now through the holiday season. All the village’s buildings will display a variety of vintage and antique toys that are part of the museum’s collection.

“Part of our reason for having this display now is that we are not able to have our traditional Luminary celebration due to the construction at our next-door neighbor, BIG ARTS,” said Executive Director Emilie Alfino. “We regret that we cannot offer our free admission event as we normally do during Luminary afternoon. The parking situation will not allow it. We will resume our usual Luminary festivities next year.”

Most of the museum’s toy collection will be on display in each of its nine vintage buildings. From handmade to store-bought, the display features what children of the 1900s wished for: dolls and dollhouses, trains, boats, cars, books, games, and more.
Toys appeal to people of all ages, Alfino said. Not only are they poignant reminders of youth, they convey fascinating glimpses into the values, styles, and technology of earlier areas.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full guided tours take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at no additional charge, depending on docent availability. The Sanibel Historical Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access. Admission is $10 for adults over 18. Members and children are free.

The museum will remain open during the BIG ARTS construction project. Parking and access for village guests and volunteers will be available throughout the construction period. Signage is in place to properly direct visitors.

For more information, call (239) 472-4648 during museum hours or visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.

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