The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

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Sanibel Island:

3075 Sanibel-Captiva Rd. Sanibel Island, FL 33957


(239) 395-2233


(239) 395-6706


(888) 679-6450

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Over 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world, shells in art and history, shell habitats, rare specimens, children's learning lab featuring hands-on play area, displays, games, and live tank. Lectures, craft classes, beach walks, tours, camps.


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  • Boat Tours, Historic Attraction, Museum, Museum Children's, Museum Historical, Museum Science, Scenic Highway/Byway
  • General Information: Open Year-Round, Parental Permission Needed
  • Dates Closed: Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, Easter
  • Driving Time to Nearby Lodging: 3 min.
  • Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
  • Tour Information: Customized Tours, Guided Tours, Multilingual Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours
  • Tour Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Tour Schedule: call Dr. José H. Leal
  • Disabled Traveler Information: ADA Compliant
  • Guest Information: Family Friendly
  • Activities: Children's Programs
  • Facility Amenities: Bus Parking, Gift Shop, Meeting Facilities, Multilingual Staff, Parking, Picnic Area
  • Meeting Facilities: Tables & Chairs
  • Total Capacity of Meeting Space: 125
  • Total Number of Meeting Rooms: 1
  • Meeting/Tour Groups Welcome
  • Discounts: Group Discount
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