The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, Sanibel Island

Put your hand in a tank with domestic mollusks or see fossilized shells at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. This nonprofit museum teaches visitors all about shells and their role in art, medicine, architecture, cuisine, and even the economy. Spin the museum's classification wheel and learn how to arrange and identify Florida shells. Watch a video showing huge mollusks in their natural habitat, or use a microscope to observe micro mollusks. Kids can spend some time in the children’s learning interactive lab. Discover how to plan a Sanibel Island trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • Since several in our group were sunburned, we decided to check out the shell museum on Sanibel. It was much more interesting than I expected. I love shells, and now I know more about them. Friendly st...  more »
  • Small but very well curated museum w informative presentations. Best to go at the beginning of your stay on Sanibel do you can fully appreciate nature’s artwork.  more »
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  • Went here with my 3 year old. We had a great time. I wasn't sure what to expect but it's perfect for the kids. There was a talk about mollusks which I found interesting and it kept my child occupied.
  • Great museum!!! Arts and crafts room was fun. The touch tank talk was very well done. The exhibits were wonderful! Great place for kids.

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