Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

3075 Sanibel-Captiva Rd
Sanibel, Florida 33957-3111
(239) 395-2233
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The non-profit Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world. Exhibits are devoted to shells in art and history, shell habitat, rare specimens, 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.

Open Daily from 10 AM to 5 PM