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Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, Sanibel

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Contact: 239 395 2233
Open Hours: Su to Sa from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Anyone who has ever brought back a pretty seashell from the beach will find something of interest at Sanibel's Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. The Shell Museum is the only one in the United States devoted to shells. It houses more than two million specimens and is constantly growing. You can have your own shells identified before learning about the history and formation of shells. Visit displays of fossils, shells in art, jewelry, and architecture and sailor's valentines. Kids can participate in the Children's Learning Lab while adults browse the gift shop. Admission is USD7 for adults aged 17 and up, USD4 for children ages 5-16, children 4 and younger are free.