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“good for a rainy day or when you are sunburned”

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
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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
Reviewed October 13, 2012

here you will find an extensive diplay of all those shells you find at the beach. Love this place and the people who work there.

Thank melrumphius
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

The museum is a self walk through facility, they emphasize all shells in a great informative way. The sailor's valentines will stir your crafty side into wanting to make one. Definitely worth one stop to get a greater appreciation for shells from around the world. It's more of a learning experience than a display of someone's finds.

Thank Casey N
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Lots to look at from around the world! They have a tour and prize for completion just for kids! Great break on a rainy day or even on your way to eat!

Thank mary s
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

I was impressed by this museum, very updated and the displays were much better than I had expected. I liked the collection of shells from Sanibel and also shells from around the world. The video explaining many of the shells and the various ones found on Sanibel was most interesting and gave a great insight into the lives of the creatures. I also liked the displays featuring the historical shells within the frames and the table top inlaid with shells. It gives a great perspective and understanding of the island and allows you to appreciate and recognize the shells you will collect on the beach.

Thank travelling-pianist
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Need I say more??? No. Go there and experience a little known, old style "lovers art" of sailors making their sweethearts shell valentines for when they return home to their sweeties!

1  Thank Debi C
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