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The non-profit Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world. Exhibits are devoted to shells in art and history, shell habitat, rare specimens, fossil shells, common Southwest Florida shells, and more. The learning lab features a hands-on play area for children, displays, games, and a tank 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.

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Timbers' Oystravaganza at Shell Museum

November 13, 2014 - November 14, 2014
Join Sanibel’s beloved oyster lover Matt Asen and his fabulous Timbers restaurant staff at the Museum for fundraiser fun that’s tasty and educational. Sample oyster and wine varietals while satisfying your hunger for knowledge with an Edible Mollusks presentation by Dr. José Leal. Advance reservations are required. Tickets: $60 per person.
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Pearls and Chocolate for a Cause

November 14, 2014 - November 15, 2014
Create an elegant 78 inch freshwater pearl and Swarovski crystal necklace (or two smaller ones) while sipping wine, sampling hors d'oeuvres and chocolates. This fundraiser is a great way to help the Museum while having fun. Host Patty Lipka will unleash your inner artist and make creating easy. You’ll have a great time and go home with a beautiful necklace to keep. VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS - PURCHASE YOURS NOW
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kball@shellmuseum.org

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Shell Museum Free Day

November 15, 2014
Come celebrate our 19th birthday by visiting the Museum on this day for free!! Enjoy art, science, cake and more. Thanks to our Sponsors for making this free day possible: Island Sun, Jensen's Marina, Sanibel-Captiva Trust Co, Sanibel Day Spa, Bank of the Islands, Jerry's Foods, Landl Construction, John Grey Painting, Hillgate Communications, Thistle Lodge at Casa Ybel, Hahn Custom Builders, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, Three Crafty Ladies, Sanibel Island Locksmith, Sanibel Home Furnishings, Doc Ford’s, Sanibel Island Locksmith, Adventures in Paradise, Captiva Cruises, Intech Printing, Bailey's, Islander.
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kball@shellmuseum.org

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Cynthia Barnett Lecture, Shell Museum

January 13, 2015
CYNTHIA BARNETT – January 13, 2015, 5:30PM Blue Revolution: A Water Ethic for Florida $10 Water defines us as Floridians no matter where we live: Idyllic beaches surround us on three sides. Rivers and streams flow for ten thousand miles through the peninsula. We’re blessed with nearly eight thousand lakes and a thousand more freshwater springs – the largest concentration of artesian springs in the world. Florida’s economy and idyllic lifestyle are built on a foundation of pure and plentiful water. Yet, for the first time in state history, the latest generation of Floridians has not inherited waters as clean and abundant as when they were bo ...Read More>> n. In her uplifting program Blue Revolution: A Water Ethic for Florida, journalist Cynthia Barnett shows audiences how one of the most water-rich states in the nation could come to face water scarcity and quality woes – and how it doesn’t have to be this way. With a shared ethic for water, Floridians come together to use less and pollute less. We live well with water today, in ways that don’t jeopardize fresh, clean water for our children, ecosystems, and businesses tomorrow. “Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.” Read Less
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kball@shellmuseum.org

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Jack E. Davis Lecture, Shell Museum

February 24, 2015
Drawing from his forthcoming book, Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, University of Florida history professor Jack E. Davis will talk about the role the Gulf of Mexico has played in the course of U.S. history. He is interested in the way people, from pre-Spanish natives to current shoreside residents, have organized their societies and individual lives around nature, and how Gulf nature has been a positive force in human events. Unfortunately, human activities have sometimes led to unintended consequences that have undermined the Gulf’s beneficence. $10 “Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Coun ...Read More>> il with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.” Read Less
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kball@shellmuseum.org

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Steven Noll Lecture, Shell Museum

April 21, 2015
The Environmental History of Florida $10 This presentation examines the relationship of people to the land throughout Florida history. Starting with Native American settlement, it shows how Florida has shaped human existence in the state and how human have re-shaped the state itself. It focuses on how Floridians have worked to turn water into land and land into water. It also looks at the issue of water itself and how Floridians have gone from concerns of too much water to too little water in less than a century. Finally, it examines the relationship of hurricanes to shaping Florida as a state and a society. "Funding for this program was p ...Read More>> ovided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.” Read Less
http://www.shellmuseum.org

kball@shellmuseum.org

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