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A Peek at the New Shell Museum


The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is still putting the finishing touches on its major renovation, but is now open to all visitors!

They tell us that they have more programs, exhibits and activities then ever before, including the new “Coral Reefs: Nurseries of the Sea” exhibit.

The final element of their renovation — the new Living Collection Gallery (aquarium) — will open in March, 2020.

The museum offers more than 30 permanent exhibits and several temporary exhibits. Their spectacular shell displays offer insights into the vital roles that mollusks have played throughout history, culture, art, design, and medicine.

Come marvel at the exquisite variety of shells — many of which you most likely never knew existed! — and learn how to identify local shells that you can find right here on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

The Shell Museum, located at 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, is open daily from 10am – 5pm.  For more information, call 239-395-2233 or visit


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