Sanibel Historical Museum Announces Full Schedule of Events

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

The Sanibel Historical Museum & Village has a full schedule of events coming up this season. There will be a special holiday exhibit, “Trees, Timelines & Special Memories,” featuring holiday decorations, timelines outlining each building’s past and including interesting, little-known facts. Then there will be a special Luminary event for the community, with free admission from 3 to 5 p.m.

The new pavilion will be open in December featuring a large timeline showing world events and Sanibel events as well as historical photographs. “The pavilion will be a wonderful place to gather our tour groups and can serve as a place for small group events,” said Executive Director Emilie Alfino.

Three Volunteer Update talks and two Twilight Talks are scheduled. The highlight of the season will be the Gala Movie Premiere Feb. 22 at The Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. There, people can see the full-length movie, “Secrets and Stories of the Sanibel Lighthouse,” which presents not only many interesting stories about the history of the lighthouse but also about Sanibel. The movie contains never-before-seen videos and many interesting stories.

The Volunteer Updates, open to all volunteers and to donors at the $150 level and above, are Jan. 10 (“The State of Our Village”; Feb. 7 (“Our Buildings Have a Past”); and March 7 (“Growing Up on the Bay”). Each talk will feature well-known island icons speaking about their experiences. These talks are at noon in Shore Haven at the Historical Village, 950 Dunlop Rd.

The first of two Twilight Talks will be at 7 p.m. March 15, when “The History of Tarpon Bay” will be presented at The Sanibel Community House. The second talk will be at 7 p.m. April 5, when “God and Sanibel: The History of Religion on Sanibel” will be presented at the Community House.

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The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village opens for season Oct. 19. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In accordance with the city of Sanibel’s regulations, masks are required inside the buildings. Full guided tours are available only if reserved in advance for groups of no more than six, depending on docent availability. This precautionary measure is due to COVID-19. “We hope to be able to resume our regular tours, at 10:30 and 1:30, as soon as possible and within safety guidelines,” Alfino said.

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 village has handicap access to all but one building, the tiny Post Office. For more information, call (239) 472-4648 during museum hours or visit

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