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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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this is a must see wonderful for all ages. A great place. The museum that focuses on education... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
sunandfun0000
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Lake Wales, Florida
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We went there in the late afternoon on day 3, it is better to go early and see all the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nora S
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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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3075 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3111
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Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a must see wonderful for all ages. A great place. The museum that focuses on education, awareness and research of shells, mollusks and the shell makers of Southwest Florida & the Gulf of Mexico. It is a great way to spend a day...More

Thank sunandfun0000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there in the late afternoon on day 3, it is better to go early and see all the presentations, and get as much information as possible. Great staff, nice clean envioment, can't see much from the road, when you get in there it's...More

Thank Nora S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting one-of-a-kind museum that's great for the kids. Learn about local shells and those from all over the world. Kids get free samples.

Thank hwhudson
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're glad your kids enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of things to do in the heat of the summer or on a rainy day. Made a turtle out of shells; saw a live mollusk demonstration from wonderful and passionate speaker. Very friendly folks. Lovely visit

Thank 171Sue
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a wet day so we were struggling for things to do and I wasn't sure how appealing I would find this place-I was pleasantly surprised! From the warm and friendly reception at the front desk, the shell craft and the museum exhibits, all...More

Thank bfgvacay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had read a lot of reviews so I was expecting more. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. I recommend hitting tank talk. My young teens had no interest in crafts since they had been doing the same things at home and they didn't...More

Thank Jane M
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Jane, I'm sorry that your visit was not all you expected. It's particularly hard to satisfy our teen visitors, but I hope you'll give us another chance to make them happy!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the museum because it was raining all day and nothing else to do. We were pleasantly surprised how much we enjoyed ourselves. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They had a craft room where we made animals from shells, a live...More

Thank Susan M
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Susan- I'm glad you had a good visit to Sanibel, despite the rain.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful visit. The ladies at the desk were wonderful! SO helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the aquarium class on mollusks. I think my new favorite is a gastropod called the fighting conch.

Thank peggyszalay
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review. Did you know that our local fighting conch is an herbivore? - I don't think they actually fight much.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Did not know how special this Museum is to learn about Shells . . . If you have an interest in sea life and shells this is a wonderful experience. We spent about 4 1/2 hours watching educational films (2) about shells and how they...More

Thank katewoman612
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I'm glad you enjoyed your day with us!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a rainy day and the shell museum was a nice stop. The displays are informative and we enjoyed the hands-on activity of making our own shell critters (included in admission). Actor Raymond Burr (Perry Mason, Ironside and Godzilla) donated his vast and valuable...More

Thank Eve A
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Eve - Thanks for visiting! Actually Raymond Burr was the celebrity chair of our first fund raising campaign to build the museum. His family received his shell collection upon his passing. Our more than 500,000 shells are from collectors from around the world.

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don22cc
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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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