Elyse and Aubrey Anderson

November 24, 2020 – There’s fun to be had for children at the Sanibel Historical Village as they go on a treasure hunt throughout the Village’s buildings and then choose a prize from the treasure chest at the Rutland House.


Children are given a sheet of instructions outlining where they can find the treasures in each building. They get a clue and then must find, for example, the sundial in the garden. There is something to find in each of the Village’s nine historical buildings. Prizes are located in the Village Gift Shop in the Rutland House and include little toys, tattoos, and other goodies. This time of year, many of the prizes are holiday-themed.

This week, Elyse and Aubrey Anderson and Zara and Iris Luna-Bord were among the children playing the Treasure Hunt. Elyse said, “This is my favorite museum I’ve ever been to!”


Zara and Iris Luna Bord

“That’s what we like to hear,” said Executive Director Emilie Alfino. “It’s exciting to get children interested in history, and the Treasure Hunt does just that. Children ask all kinds of questions as they make their way through the buildings looking for treasures and anticipating the prize at the end of their quest. Of course, the Treasure Hunt interests the parents, too, which is a wonderful bonus!”


The Treasure Hunt goes on all year. The Historical Village welcomes approximately 1,000 children each year, so the educational opportunities are substantial, Alfino said.

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Summer Hours: May 1- July 31, Tues-Sat, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will be closed entirely beginning August 1st and will reopen October 15th). The Sanibel Historical Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access to eight of the nine buildings. Admission is FREE for SHMV members and non-members (adults ages 18 years and up). Donations are greatly appreciated to assist in our Hurricane Ian recovery efforts.  For more information, call 472-4648 during museum hours or visit

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