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The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum


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The non-profit Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world. Exhibits are devoted to shells in art and history, shell habitats, rare specimens, fossil shells, common Southwest Florida shells, and more. The learning lab features a hands-on play area for children, displays, games, and the Museum houses two tanks with indigenous mollusks. Two videos, Mollusks in Action and Trails and Tales of Living Mollusks, are shown (on the hour and half-hour), and a children's video is shown continuously. The Museum store also offers a wide selection of shell books. Daily activities listed at

  • Activities:
  • Natural Wildlife Viewing,
  • Amenities:
  • Baby-changing station, Bus Parking, Gift Shop
  • Average Visit Time:
  • 2 - 3 hours,


Mollusks in Peril Forum

May 22, 2016 - May 24, 2016
In May 2016 the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel Island, Florida, will be hosting a 2.5 day forum titled “Mollusks in Peril.” We will bring together some of the country’s foremost experts on current large-scale threats to molluscan populations to discuss, through presentations and panels, the challenges facing the second most diverse group of animals on earth. Forum will be held at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, Florida.

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