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The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Shells with a side of Perry Mason

We capped off a lovely week of shelling on Sanibel and Captiva with a visit to The Bailey-Matthews... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carmela L
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San Diego, California
Fun visit and great for learning about the shells you collected at the beach

We loved Rebecca's presentation at the talk with the aquarium. Learned a lot about shells... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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...more
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3075 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3111
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We capped off a lovely week of shelling on Sanibel and Captiva with a visit to The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. Surprised & delighted to see a commemorative plaque dedicated to actor Raymond Burr at the entrance, a major benefactor & avid shell collector. Spectacular...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Carmela L
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks Carmela! I'm glad you were able to visit the Museum AND our Pop-Up store! You covered all the bases. Thanks for supporting the Museum.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved Rebecca's presentation at the talk with the aquarium. Learned a lot about shells, mollusks, snails, conch, and cockle shells.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank T_Hennesy
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for visiting. Rebecca is one of our marine biologists. We're always thrilled to share what we're discovering with others.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful interactive displays, movies and live molluscs. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jdrew5
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We love kids - bring 'em on!

Reviewed 1 week ago

After the delight of finding all the shells on the beach on Sanibel, I had to learn so much more about what I was finding and more history of the island and of shells. Being a fan of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's book A Gift from...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Welcome to the world of Shell Nerds - you have a lot of company! Next step - become a Shell Ambassador for the Museum - details are on our website shellmuseum.org

Reviewed 1 week ago

I was very skeptical when we decided to check out this museum. I couldn't believe that there would be enough to justify the entry fee. I was wrong. The museum is fairly small, but there's a lot packed in there. There are displays of shells...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Lynn, We do our best to pack a lot of action into a small footprint - just like most mollusks!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent museum, with amazing collections and knowledgable staff, well worth a visit - for any age group

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank katie j
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Katie!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time to this place and I really enjoyed it. Spent two hours there and learned so much. The staff was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the shells and mollusks. Will definitely go back again.

Date of experience: January 2019
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ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I'm glad we made your vacation even better. Thanks for reviewing.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Learned so much at this museum and the collection of sea shells was amazing. Great for all ages and wheel chair access. Two half hour movies and live show. We were there just over two hours. A must see before you go out on the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Douglas! We promise you'll enjoy the beach more if you stop here first!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Know more about shells than I ever knew before. Wonderful display of shells from Sanibel and around the world. Great “hands-on” presentation.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank weezurs
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for stopping! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was expecting a bit more, very small and 15$, we used 25 minutes and there was no more to see. So was a little disappointedMore

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank chrisk827
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Chris - I'm sorry you were disappointed. Our visitors usually spend 30-45 minutes in our shell crafting area, 30-60 minutes watching one of our videos, an hour in our exhibit hall and 30 minutes enjoying our salt water live tank program. Please give us...More

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Response from invertpaleo | Reviewed this property |
I think an hour and a half here only gives you time to walk around it all, just glancing at everything, without really looking at anything in detail, or learning anything from the exhibits. Sanibel Island is one of only... More
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Yes! They have an elevator.
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April 9, 2016|
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$15. / adult..... seniors $14
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