The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

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

In February 2020, the Museum will open its new Aquarium facility with more than 10,000 gallons of exhibits of live mollusks, touch tanks and exhibits.



Bus Parking, Multilingual Staff

Average Visit Time

2 - 3 hours


AAA Discount, AARP Discount, Group Discount, Military Discount, Senior Citizen Discount, Student Discount

Guest Information

Family Friendly, LGBT Friendly, Wireless (Wi-Fi)