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“A must-do” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
+1 239-395-2233
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Leisure education
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Owner description: 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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“A must-do”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

If you visit Sanibel, you owe it to yourself and family yo check out this museum. Sanibel is all about its seashells and this wonderful museum provided a nice afternoon out of the sun while learning and Sanibels rich history and unique oceanscape.

Visited June 2011
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“Great shells to look at. Unique”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

nice educational movie. kids would like this a lot.

Visited January 2012
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“Must see and do”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

Veryinteresting indeed, live exhibit, along with the Indian history of shell making

Visited January 2012
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“loved it! Beautifully done.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

We loved the shells and information about them. It was uncrowded so we enjoyed taking our time looking at the unusual shells. Even the guys who were dragged there got into it.

They have a movie that could be updated, but it was worth watching.

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“One of a Kind”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

This museum is for all shell collectors - from novice to serious. As a shell lover, I found it quite interesting and a learning experience I very much enjoyed.

Visited December 2011
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