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

    Receive a complimentary shell bag celebrating National Seashell Day with your paid admission to the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel Island. The beach is only the second best place to find shells on Sanibel. Get your shell on!

    One shell bag per family or group. Offer good June 20th through October 15th, 2016. Must present this promotion to receive shell bag. While supplies last. Read More

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    “Beyond expectations.” - Florida

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