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
As we embark on the milestone of our 40th Anniversary, the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village is thrilled to invite you to a spectacular Gala Celebration and the premiere of a captivating documentary. Join us on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at the iconic...
Thank you to the hundreds of friends and BIG ARTS Community Chorus that joined us for a special Holiday Celebration on Friday, December 1st. Sanibel Historical Museum & Village is open from 10 am - 4 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is FREE for SHMV...
Deck The Shore Holiday Celebration: Stroll the Museum & Village, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Caroling, Holiday Gifts and More!
We are excited to announce that the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village is scheduled to reopen for the Season. We are planning a special Holiday Celebration on Friday, December 1, 2023, and then will resume our regular operating schedule on Saturday, December...
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.