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Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
Type: Attractions, Museums
This is a museum of seashells, conchology, and malacology. Since shelling is one of the most popular activities on Sanibel Island, it makes the perfect location to house such a comprehensive museum.... Read More
This is a museum of seashells, conchology, and malacology. Since shelling is one of the most popular activities on Sanibel Island, it makes the perfect location to house such a comprehensive museum. Exhibits are dedicated exclusively to mollusks, not just from the Gulf Coast of Southwest Florida but also from around the world. You will see rare specimens, fossil shells and lots more. There is a learning lab with a hands-on feature for kids and adults, videos and a gift store full of shell art and memorabilia. The exploration is not limited to indoors. Reserve a spot for beach walks, where experts will help you find and identify native shells. The museum is not just for tourists as scientists and students come here from around the world to continue their marine education.
3075 Sanibel Captiva Road
Fort Myers, FL 33957
- Daily 10am-5pm
- Adult $11; Child (5-17) $5
- Museums: "Find a cool shell on the beach after your museum visit? Check out the online ID guide."
- Best for Museums Because: Shell enthusiasts, students and scientists alike, come to this museum for its extensive resources and huge collection of mollusks.