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Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum & Aquarium

Currently closed due to rebuilding from Hurricane Ian. Will reopen in early 2024.

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum connects people to the natural world through their love of shells and the animals that create them. Its mission is to use exceptional collections, aquariums, programs, experiences, and science to be the nation’s leading museum in the conservation, preservation, interpretation, and...

Currently closed due to rebuilding from Hurricane Ian. Will reopen in early 2024.

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum connects people to the natural world through their love of shells and the animals that create them. Its mission is to use exceptional collections, aquariums, programs, experiences, and science to be the nation’s leading museum in the conservation, preservation, interpretation, and celebration of shells, mollusks, and their ecosystems. Permanent exhibitions on view include the Great Hall of Shells which displays highlights of the Museum’s collection of some 500,000 shells, as well as the Beyond Shells living gallery of aquariums and over 50 species of marine life. One of the best things to do on Sanibel Island, the Museum offers fun and educational activities for the whole family. Kids love touching live mollusks in our touch pools, winning scavenger hunt prizes, and watching our Giant Pacific Octopus. Come visit the only museum in the United States devoted solely to shells and mollusks! The Museum also offers daily Beach Walks led by their shell experts who are fun, knowledgeable, and passionate about protecting our oceans' biodiversity. Call to reserve your spot today. 239-395-2233 | ShellMuseum.org | 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957

Key Features

Things to Do

Attractions

Family Fun

Museums & Science Centers

Historic Attraction

Shelling Activities

Tours & Transportation

Customized Tours

Guided Tours

Multilingual Self-Guided Tours

Self-Guided Tours

Amenities

Disabled Traveler Information

ADA Compliant

Activities

Children's Programs

Category

Museum Science, Boat Tours, Museum Historical, Historic Attraction, Museum, Museum Children's

Discounts

Group Discount

Tour Information

Customized Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours

Tour Duration

1.5 hours

Tour Schedule

call Dr. José H. Leal

Number of Meeting Rooms - Actual

1

Meeting Facilities

Tables & Chairs

Hours of Operation

CLOSED

Key Features

Things to Do

Attractions

Family Fun

Museums & Science Centers

Historic Attraction

Shelling Activities

Tours & Transportation

Customized Tours

Guided Tours

Multilingual Self-Guided Tours

Self-Guided Tours

Hours of Operation

CLOSED

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