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The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

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Address: 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Phone Number: +1 239-395-2233
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An American Association of Museums (AAM) accredited non-profit natural...

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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Rainy Day at the Beach

Great place to spend an afternoon when the sky pours or the sun beats down too hot. The grandchildren loved the exhibits but also making the creatures from shells. While there a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great place to spend an afternoon when the sky pours or the sun beats down too hot. The grandchildren loved the exhibits but also making the creatures from shells. While there a man was donating shells to the museum maybe that he had found during his stay and I thought, "how neat." We bring the shells home and then never... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The shell museum is a great place to learn about the shells of all kinds. They have some wonderful films sharing all the shells.

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Napa, California
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went on a rainy day. It was so educational. Kids had fun with shell hunt and making little shell creatures at craft time that they could take home. We went to seminar downstairs and was educated on Florida shells. Learned alot!! Must do if you love shells and have kids.

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Camas, Spain
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47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took our two little boys to see this museum and it was fantastic! The wide variety of shells from all over the world is really amazing (especially if you don't know much about shells and want to learn.. which was me). The displays are easy on the eyes and there's lots of information if you want it. My boys... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I thought we were just going to see pretty shells. Was I in for a pleasant surprise! We went to a demonstration by a marine biologist and it was outstanding! We learned and saw living shells and so much more! I would highly recommend this place. They even give a AAA discount. I believe this is the only place of... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Decided to check this out and glad we did. Cost was $11 for adults $5 for kids and free for 4 and under. All of the staff were really nice and they had some interesting shells. They also had a craft room where the kids (and adults) can make an animal out of shells. If shells interest you at all... More 

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ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for checking out our Museum. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you'll stop in again! More 

Florence, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very nice displays with explanations. A video presentation was very nice and then a talk by an expert was even better. We enjoyed a few hours here an learned a great deal about how shell fish prey on one another. Very nice gift shop

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ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! More 

Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a fantastic museum and we're so glad we stopped to check it our on our way up to Captiva. Our kids had a blast doing the scavenger hunt the museum operators put them on and were rewarded with being able to pick out a shell to keep from a treasure chest of donated shells the museum gets. There... More 

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Thank Richard C
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this review

Richard - Thanks for your wonderful review. We hope your family has a great vacation! More 

Albany, New York
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is great with lots of good information about shells and beautiful exhibits. There was shell crafting going on but it was full. The movie was informative - but the real highlight was the tank talk where we saw and learned about horse conch, lightning conch, lettered olives, light welks and more. It was fun for kids, teens and... More 

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ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this review

Thanks Jeff! We've expanded shell crafting to most of the afternoon because it's fun, popular and we want to make sure everyone has a chance to make something to take home. More 

NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Super informative experience if you're unfamiliar with Florida shells or just want to increase your knowledge. Beautiful examples of the many varieties of shells on Sabibel beaches.

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ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! More 

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