Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Teddy Bears take over at the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village

This time of year, bears are hibernating, but not at the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village. January is a “Bear-y” busy month at the Historical Village. 

Mary McLaughlin, the Museum's Acquisitions Director, has let the bears out of the bag and put them on display throughout the seven historic buildings that make up the Village. 

The Museum’s teddy bear collection encompasses many different types of bears—most of them are older and come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Visitors are invited to view this new exhibit during Museum hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road, next to BIG Arts. The Museum showcases Sanibel history from the 1880s to 1940s and also includes displays on the Calusa and Spanish exploration periods. Seven buildings have been moved from different locations on the island and found a permanent home at the Historical Village with its charming heritage garden and a reproduction of an island packing house that would have served the farming community at the turn of the 19th century. 

Admission to the Museum & Village is $5 for adults, 18 and over. Children and members are free. Visitors will find knowledgeable docents to answer questions and share island stories. There is a daily, docent-led tour of all of the historical buildings at 11 a.m. at no additional cost. For those who wish to explore and learn about Sanibel history at their own pace, the Museum now features audio/visual enhancements. 

For more information, please call 472-4648 during business hours or visit the Museum's website at www.sanibelmuseum.org.

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