Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

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

(239) 395-2233

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

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum connects people to the natural world through their love of shells and the animals that create them. Its mission is to use exceptional collections, aquariums, programs, experiences, and science to be the nation’s leading museum in the conservation, preservation, interpretation, and celebration of shells, mollusks, and their ecosystems. Permanent exhibitions on view include the Great Hall of Shells which displays highlights of the Museum’s collection of some 500,000 shells, as well as the Beyond Shells living gallery of aquariums and over 50 species of marine life. One of the best things to do on Sanibel Island, the Museum offers fun and educational activities for the whole family. Kids love touching live mollusks in our touch pools, winning scavenger hunt prizes, and watching our Giant Pacific Octopus. Come visit the only museum in the United States devoted solely to shells and mollusks! The Museum also offers daily Beach Walks led by their shell experts who are fun, knowledgeable, and passionate about protecting our oceans' biodiversity. Call to reserve your spot today. 239-395-2233 | | 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957


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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