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The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

3075 Sanibel-Captiva Rd, Sanibel, Florida 33957 USA

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“only museum in the us dedicated to shell-ebrating the shell!”

Since 1995, The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel Island has remained the only museum in the United States that is solely devoted to shells and the mollusks that make them. ​ We are a natural history museum that exhibits beautiful shells from around the globe. Our world-renowned Malacologist and Marine Biologists are joined by highly educated volunteers to offer a wealth of knowledge, surprising facts, and rare insights into the lesser-known complexities of shells. Yes, there's science (and a lot of it!) and we also cover many cultural, historical, and culinary facets of shells. ​ Still, our greatest asset is an innate sense of curiosity and wonder about shells. We have a lot of fun here at the Museum. We thankfully never stop learning and sometimes even get a little goofy about new discoveries - whether brought to our attention by a guest, gleaned from our own research, or found within the larger scientific world. Come see us... you'll be glad you did!

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June 22, 2019

It's closed now, but if you are staying at Island Inn, you can take a tour with one of their scientists.

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July 16, 2016
Rated 3.0

Amazing shell collection but overpriced for the small size of the tour.

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November 25, 2014
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Neat, but a bit expensive I think.

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October 01, 2014

Amazing collection of shells! Fun activities for kids and prizes for them when they finish the shell hunt.

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The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

3075 Sanibel-Captiva Rd
Sanibel, Florida
33957 USA

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