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The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

3075 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3111
+1 239-395-2233
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Very interesting museum!

Made a quick stop in between our own shelling adventures to see the exhibits here. They have done a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lucy N
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Yulee, Florida, United States
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very informative

Shells from the world, staff is very informative, shell crafts, multiple educational videos. Easily... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
MJR987
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Sevierville, Tennessee
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An American Association of Museums (AAM) accredited non-profit natural science museum, The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world devoted to shells. Exhibits include shells in art and history, shell habitats, rare specimens, World Record size shells, fossil shells, common Southwest Florida shells, and more. The learning lab features a hands-on play area for children, displays, games, and a tank with indigenous mollusks. A half-hour video, Mollusks in Action, is shown on the hour, and a children's video is shown continuously. The museum store offers a wide selection of shell books
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  • Average9%
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3075 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3111
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Made a quick stop in between our own shelling adventures to see the exhibits here. They have done a superb job in making sea shells EXCITING! Not only have they brought forth the scientific portion of sea shells, they also explain the historic aspect of...More

Thank Lucy N
Reviewed 4 days ago

Shells from the world, staff is very informative, shell crafts, multiple educational videos. Easily accessible for handicap, great gift shop with books, information and gifts. Highly recommend

Thank MJR987
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the live talk and the shell craft!! Even my husband enjoyed making his shell fish.

Thank Rebecca C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This museum was a lot smaller than I expected but it was interesting, we learned some new things about animals that live in shells

Thank Morris N
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are on Sanibel Island a visit to the National Shell Museum would be time well spent. The island is a shell collector's paradise and the museum is well attended. The exhibits are well designed and lit and very informative. I am not a...More

Thank williame975
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great visit at the museum starting with making a shell creature craft using shells and a hot glue gun. Our crafts were even carefully wrapped and put into a bag for us. Then my daughter was given a scavenger hunt page to...More

Thank Lectra14
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We try to have something for all tastes and budgets in our store - especially for kids!

Reviewed 1 week ago

If you enjoy looking for shells, start here---even the grandkids learned the names of the shells and the staff at the museum share good hunting tips.

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ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We love to share our recommendations for the best shelling - just ask!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a cold day museum will be crowded. The staff is very friendly and very informative. If you do there a little quizzes you get a prize at the end. The gift store is full of excellent items. Although we didn’t go to the tank...More

Thank headachedoctor
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Brrr - We have had some cold weather - perfect for a Museum visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here after driving through the wildlife refuge. It has a ton of different shells, really awesome specimens. There’s a nice little gift shop along with some nice activities for families to do. They were making animals out of shells and allowing you to...More

Thank tyler f
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Tyler - We're really close to the "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge - so it's easy to stop before or after your visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I specifically went to the Ft Meyers/Sanibel/Captiva area for the beach and seashells. The museum is on beautiful Sanibel Island and is a must for learning about the shells you can pick up on many of the beaches. Nice gift shop and very friendly employees....More

Thank Beachlover1425
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Lorraine - You won't find a better place for shelling than Sanibel!

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don22cc
13 April 2016|
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Response from Shellicious | Reviewed this property |
Yes! They have an elevator.
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Albert R
15 March 2016|
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$15/ adult
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