The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, Sanibel Island

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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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  • If you have elementary age children that like aquariums, this is a great place. Some of the exhibits are faciniating for the those that appreciate ocean life. In particular, there is staffed exhibit.....  more »
  • We really enjoyed our visit here. It’s a good way to spend a couple of hours. My kiddos really enjoyed the touch tanks. If you have any interest in shells it’s an awesome place. It’s a little pricey.....  more »
  • This museum is currently being remodeled, check there website for reopen date. I have seen behind the curtain and this museum is going to be even way more assume then it was. Definitely put this on your itinerary!
  • This place was really cool, it was very informative and had a ton of shells to see. It was an excellent place to take our children to get them out of the sun for a bit. It was very well priced and had great activities for the kids.

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