About the Museum
Preserving, Sharing and Celebrating Sanibel’s History
Sanibel Historical Museum and Village was founded in 1984 with a mission to preserve and share Sanibel history. The story of Sanibel is told from the Calusa and Spanish eras to the early pioneer families who settled on the island in the 1800s. It tells of warriors, adventures, fishermen, farmers and proprietors.
Nine historic buildings were moved from their original sites. Each building has been restored to its original state. We also have a replica of a Packing House and a garage housing a 1927 Ford Model T truck. Volunteer docents share the stories of Sanibel with almost 10,000 visitors a year.
Join us as we follow the footsteps of the past.
Museum & Village Happenings
After a successful two-month season, the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village will be closing beginning June 1 so repairs can be made to its nine historical buildings. "We were very grateful to be able to open in April and May to serve the community," said Board...
There is a new Lighthouse Exhibit at the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village. See the lens removed from the Sanibel Lighthouse after Hurricane Ian. View many photographs of the Lighthouse before and after Ian. Also, four of the Village’s buildings are open to...
Sanibel’s Heritage Trail
Sanibel’s heritage is based upon the resourcefulness, persistence, hard work and strong values of its people. You can further your knowledge and enjoyment of Sanibel’s heritage by visiting the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village at 950 Dunlop Road and by also using the interactive map that will help guide you along the Heritage Trail of Sanibel.