The Sanibel Historical Village had a successful opening day Tuesday with a full slate of volunteers helping many guests. The Village had been closed for the off-season since August 1.


Volunteers Catherine Anderson, Sharon Kaltenmark, and Sally Shelton were stationed outside on a beautiful day, sharing information with visitors passing by. Volunteers Robin Coleman and Nancy Siegel spent some time in the Village “store,” which is temporarily located in Shore Haven while repairs are made in Rutland House. Rutland House is closed until those repairs are completed.


The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open 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 between six and 10 people, 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,” executive director Emilie 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