The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • Address: 3075 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-2393952233
  • Ticket Price: 11 USD
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Museum, Family And Kids, Exhibition , Specialty Museum

The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum - Review

Have you ever wondered how clams, oysters and sea slugs create their precious shells? A visit to the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum will tell you how. Visitors, especially children, marvel at their fascinating collection of shells and information. And what better place than Sanibel Island – home of shell speckled beaches?

The museum opened its door in 1995 and since then, it has moved from being a local attraction to an internationally recognized natural history museum. In 1997, the museum published the Nautilus, the second oldest English language shell science journal in the world. The museum has acquired a collection of shells from all over the world, and especially from the local shores of Florida.

  • You’ll marvel at their collection of ancient shell fossils, living creatures who hide away in their shells (like molluscs) and their collection of regular shells you’d find at the beach.
  • All the exhibitions are explained in detail by professional naturalists.
  • There’s a memorial garden for actor Raymond Burr outside the museum, as well as a movie available to watch on his life and times as an avid shell collector.

The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum Information

  • If you bicycle it to the museum, you’ll get a $1 discount on the admission.
  • This is recommended for young children.

The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum Ticket Prices

  • Youth 5-17- $5.00.
  • Children 4 years and under: Free.
  • AAA, AARP, Military, Senior (60+) and student discounts available.

Restaurants Near The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum

  • George and Wendy’s Sanibel Seafood Grille (Seafood)
  • The Sandbar (American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Oyster Bar)
  • Timbers Restaurant and Fish Market (Seafood)

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  • The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum Address: 3075 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957, United States
  • The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum Contact Number: +1-2393952233
  • The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum Price: 11 USD
  • Best time to visit The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum(preferred time): 10:00 am - 04:30 pm
  • Time required to visit The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 48.52% of people start their The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

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The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum, Sanibel Reviews

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  • Nice museum with everything you could want to know about seashells. Exhibits are nicely rendered and plenty to learn about the shells. The cost is a bit much at $15 for adults, but discounts for AAA and others. They did have an area for building shell animals with hot glue gums which was fun. There was an area for people see live sea life.

  • This museum is amazing!! I have been there twice now, and I have learned so much both times. I love shelling!! Mollusks are truly amazing, and learning about them first lends a special appreciation for the beautiful shells that can be found on the surrounding beaches in this area of Florida. This is a MUST SEE, don't miss it! Make sure to take advantage of the movies and live demonstrations. I recommend this museum for all ages.

  • The place is a surprise. The talk on shells is informative. There are beautiful shells in the exhibit that is not seen in other aquarium. We spent few hours there. This is the only shell exhibit in the nation. Don't expect to find shell of this quality on the beach. Worthwhile place to visit.

  • I love shells, so I'm totally biased! Sanibel's wide variety of shells is why I fell in love with the island and live here today. If you've ever been curious about these amazing creatures, the Shell Museum is a must see. After a visit, you will never look a shell the same way. As a non-profit, they depend on donations and the entrance fee - a small price to pay to learn about shells historical importance to see incredible species from around the world.

  • Nice clean place with lots of shells to see from all over the world. The gift shop is pretty small and really didn't have anything of much interest to me. I would have thought they would sell some shells but they don't sell any at all. There are some nice expensive things in the gift shop if you are looking for some ocean decor for your house.

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