Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
Since Sanibel Island is known as one of the best shelling locations in the world, it is logical that this unique museum is located on the island. This is one of the most comprehensive museums in the country exclusively devoted to shells. Some of the shells displayed are just beautiful and it's fun to see shells most of us will likely not find in a lifetime of shelling!
The Bailey-Matthews Museum has many exhibits displaying local shells, the biology of shells and the history of Florida shells. This museum encompasses 25,000 square feet. There are many experts on site to assist with any questions you may need answered. They do have a gift shop but do not sell any shells here! There are other shell stores on the island, if you wish to purchase shells.
An interesting side note is that one of the founding fathers of the Bailey-Matthews Shells Museum was the actor Raymond Burr, best known as Perry Mason on TV. He was an avid sheller.
Admission is $7.00 for adults and for children aged 5 to 16 the price is $4.00. Children under 4 years of age are admitted free.
They are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Located at: 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road. Phone: 239-395-2233.
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