The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum

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  • Address: 3075 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957, United States
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  • 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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TripHobo Highlights for The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum

  • 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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Things to Know Before Visiting The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum

  • 95% of people who visit Sanibel include The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum in their plan

  • 46.34% of people start their The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum

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95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum

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The Bailey-matthews National Shell Museum, Sanibel Reviews

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  • Went with my two friends and fellow shellers. Just pulling up to the building is exciting. The displays are fabulous. There was a room where you could make a shell craft...So much fun! The employees/volunteers were so friendly and knowledgeable (thanks Tom) if you're on Sanibel it's a must see!

  • Great place. Interesting facts about shells. You can watch an educational short film or do arts and crafts out of shells. The employees are very helpful and knowledgeable. No pets allowed. Would highly recommend.

  • Super cool museum! This is a great family experience to learn about shells, and what lives in them, in the area and from all over the world. They have periodic events each day. For example, crafts for kids, scavenger hunts and informational talks featuring live sea creatures! I would certainly recommend a checking this out with the family!

  • Definitely a must see tourist spot [that I'd suggest more than just one hour to fully a gain the full experience]. Very passionate and highly knowledgeable staff will have you leaving with a new appreciation for sea shells both on a local and global scale! 🐚

  • When we walked in, we were greeted by nice staff, who immediately offered us discounts for admission. Our family then walked into the Great Hall of Shells, where they had a wide variety of exhibits. However, it wasn’t very interactive, mostly just looking and reading. We had the opportunity to create little shell animals, I created a mouse. The museum was somewhat small, but they had plenty to show.

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