The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

Sanibel & Captiva Islands 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Rd. , Sanibel, FL 33957

(239) 395-2233 TOLL-FREE: (888) 679-6450

PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: Cash, MasterCard, Personal Checks, Travelers Checks, Visa

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, located at 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road on Sanibel, offers fascinating educational programming for all ages! The Great Hall offers more than 30 permanent exhibits which offer insights into shells' vital role in history, culture, art, design, and medicine. Learn about our local mollusks that make the beautiful shells you can find on the beach during our daily Tank Talks at 11am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm. Use your imagination and artistic talents making souvenir treasures during daily Shell Crafts from 12pm-3pm (Shell Jewelry 1-2:30pm on Wednesdays). Included with Museum admission and no reservations required. Schedule subject to change.

The Museum also offers daily Beach Walks led by their shell experts who are fun, knowledgeable, and passionate about protecting our oceans' biodiversity! The one-hour beach walk departs at 9am from the Island Inn lobby on Sanibel at 3111 W Gulf Drive. Space is limited and reservations are required at or 239.395.2233. Reserve your spot today and learn more about the shells, mollusks, and other marine life that has washed ashore!


General Information: Open Year-Round, Parental Permission Needed

Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily

Dates Closed: Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, Easter

Driving Time to Nearby Lodging: 3 min.

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

Category: Boat Tours, Historic Attraction, Museum, Museum Children's, Museum Historical, Museum Science, Scenic Highway/Byway

Tour Information: Customized Tours, Guided Tours, Multilingual Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours

Meetings & Events

Meeting Facilities: Tables & Chairs

Category: Meeting/Tour Groups Welcome

Total Capacity of Meeting Space: 125

Total Number of Meeting Rooms: 1


Discounts: Group Discount

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