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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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Wish I had more time here

Took my 8 & 10 yo granddaughters. The museum started them off with a scavenger hunt. Girls loved... read more

Reviewed yesterday
kalsrc
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Ohio
Even if you hate museums, you should go.

I wasn't all that excited about going--I mean, really, a museum of shells? But this place is so... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
undinabiker
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Austin, TX
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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 yesterday

Took my 8 & 10 yo granddaughters. The museum started them off with a scavenger hunt. Girls loved the arts & crafts time and treasure the craft they made from shells using a hot glue gun. (There were models that you could recreate, or create...More

Thank kalsrc
Reviewed 2 days ago

I wasn't all that excited about going--I mean, really, a museum of shells? But this place is so wonderful. Well-presented exhibits, lots of diversity, quality museum shop. Loved it!

Thank undinabiker
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for your review. If I could put in a small plug for museums - each one is different and most are wonderful - and fun! Give one a try - especially if you "hate museums"!

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We spent a few enjoyable hours at this small, intriguing museum. The variety of seashells was amazing and they were presented beautifully. They had everything from seashells you couldn't see without a magnifying glass to ones so big they had set world records. For kids,...More

Thank Beth0744
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Beth - We're glad you enjoyed your visit. The large flower arrangement was made by a local artist whose career was as a florist - you can tell!

Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a must even if you are not a shell enthusiast. The collection is unbelievable. Good parking. Oh, and make sure you stay for the shell arts and craft. It is so much fun.

1  Thank LindaNSB
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you Linda!

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The cost is 15.00 for adults. We got 2.00 off due to AAA/AARP. There was a walk thru area, a movie section, an arts and crafts room and then a tank talk area. We found a few areas interesting and informative but was not what...More

Thank Renlyn
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Renlyn - Thank you for your review. In addition to our extensive exhibits on local shells and shelling, our staff is always happy to answer any questions that you may have or help you identity a "mystery shell".

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

"Pretty cool! Neat info about shells and about the area in general! " - 13 year old The scavenger hunts were available for younger children or for teens/adults. Live talks by the tank are interesting and we liked the displays from around the world. Arts...More

Thank Skye L
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks Skye!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Good collection of shells from around the world. Brought granddaughters. They have something for all ages! Don't miss the video.

Thank letsg0seeit
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We'[re a great place for sharing with multiple generations of family.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent place for children to learn about shells. The place is well laid out and has a lot of different areas to discover. This help my friends and I become even more interested in looking for shells on our beach excursions.

Thank Janzmail
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

I'm delighted that we inspired your enthusiasm for shell collecting!

Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a rain day.....the museum was busy. Very busy. We were not able to hear the live presentation as it was too crowded, but we did watch the videos.....and learned a few things. We certainly appreciate the shells a bit more. The museum has...More

Thank donna s
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Donna - I hope you come back on a less hectic day. Rainy days are challenging - we try to welcome everyone and I apologize that you were not able to hear. If you'd like to return - please let me know in advance so...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My mother and I went on a very hot afternoon to see all of this information about shells and get an education. Downsides...expansive it was not. Upsides...delightful staff, very informative, fun for kids, and inspirational for shell searching. We got a AAA discount which helped...More

Thank Hollyday B
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Hollyday - We always have new programming so we encourage you to give us another try on your next visit. There's more to learn and lots more fun.

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don22cc
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Yes! They have an elevator.
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$15/ adult
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