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Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum features the “Beyond Shells: The Mysterious World of Mollusks,” which includes 11 aquarium exhibits, two 15-foot-long touch tanks and interactive interpretive exhibits, plus 30 permanent exhibits, several ...

BIG ARTS

BIG ARTS, or the Barrier Island Group for the Arts, was started by a group of island residents and artists in 1979. It has expanded every year to offer artistic and educational experiences for all. The education series features workshops and classes, including the Winter Academy, painting and ...

Botanical Gardens at Sanibel Moorings

The Botanical Gardens at Sanibel Moorings are a must see for all garden lovers. Built in 1974, the garden was enriched by the first gardener, who was an avid botanist. Each succeeding gardener continued the quest and contributed their specialties to the garden. The current extensive, mature ...

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village

The 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, ...

Port Boca Grande Lighthouse

The Port Boca Grande Lighthouse, built in 1890, is a popular site to visit at the south end of the island. The lighthouse is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday from November through June. The months of June through October – except August when it is ...

Visit the Mound House

Visit the Mound House and see how one of the oldest cultures, the Calusa Indians, lived on Estero Island. Go underground to view the 2,000-year-old shell mound that the Calusa Indians built their homes on, that the museum is currently built on. Visit moundhouse.org for ticket prices and hours ...

Museum of the Islands

The Museum of the Islands is housed in what was once the island’s first public library, built by volunteers in the early 1960s. The Museum of the Islands (MOTI) is a museum dedicated to preserving Island history and lifestyle. Over the years Islander’s have donated many interesting items ...

Randell Research Center

Located in Pineland on Pine Island the Randell Research Center site was a Calusa Indian village for more than 1500 years. Enormous shell mounds still overlook the waters of Pine Island Sound. The Randell Research Center is a permanent facility dedicated to learning and teaching the ...

BIG ARTS

BIG ARTS has been providing cultural enrichment and fulfillment to island residents and visitors since 1979. BIG ARTS began when a group of artists dreamed of a cultural center on the island. Today, BIG ARTS members and participants enjoy a wide spectrum of performing and visual arts events, ...

The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater

The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater at 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, has been entertaining visitors and residents for many years with popular musical and comedy productions with Broadway-quality talent.