Calendar of Events

Welcome to the Shell Museum!

The Museum Mission:

  • To educate about shells and mollusks, the shell-makers, through exhibits, educational programs, library services and publications;
  • To further awareness of nature and the natural environment;
  • To promote collection-based research on shells and mollusks with emphasis on Southwest Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.

Featured Events

Island Inn Beach Walks

03/18/14 - 12/31/15

At Island Inn 3111 W Gulf Drive Sanibel, FL 33957

CHOOSE PREFERRED DATE IN CALENDAR OF EVENTS TO BOOK ONLINE. Join our Marine Biologist for a beach walk near Island Inn. Walks depart daily from the Island Inn lobby at 9 a.m. Learn about the shells, mollusks, and other marine life that has washed ashore. The cost is $10, and parking at Island Inn is free for beach walk participants. Space is limited so book online now by clicking Calendar of Events (top right) or by calling (239) 395-2233 to make a reservation. All participants receive a coupon for half-off Shell Museum admission.

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Lighthouse Evening Beach Walk

12/19/14 - 12/19/14

At Lighthouse on the beach facing Ft. Myers Beach.

Friday, December 19th. Explore the beach near the Sanibel Lighthouse during low tide with our Marine Biologist. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children. All participants receive a coupon for half-off Museum admission. There is a parking fee of $2 per hour at the lighthouse beach. Reservations are required. Call 239-395-2233 or book online to make a reservation.

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Open Christmas Day, Noon to 4 pm.

12/25/14 - 12/25/14

At 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel.

Looking for something to do on Christmas Day? Come see us at the Shell Museum! Open Noon to 4pm. Happy Holidays!

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Bunche Beach Walk With Dr. Jose' Leal

12/26/14 - 12/26/14

At Bunche Beach 1820 John Morris Road Fort Myers, FL 33931

Bunche Beach Low Tide Excursions: Dr. Leal leads a low tide beach walk at Bunche Beach in Ft. Myers. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children, and participants receive a coupon for half-off Museum admission. Book online or call (239) 395-2233 to make a reservation.

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History of Sailors' Valentines with Bill Jordan

12/30/14 - 12/30/14

At The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum: 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, Florida.

Since Bill Jordan's introduction to shell art in 1987, many stories have passed his way, some which are folktales and others based in fact. In this presentation Jordan will shed new light on stories dating back to 1750. He'll also teach visitors how to date Sailors' Valentines and give insights into their construction. Two presentations (Both included with Paid Museum Admission): 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Mollusk Matinee Lecture Series

01/07/15 - 04/02/15

At Museum Auditorium

This lecture series includes a broad range of exciting shell-related subjects combining natural history and environmental issues of immediate interest to our community. Talks will range from 30–40 minutes, followed by questions.

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Cynthia Barnett Evening Lecture

01/13/15 - 01/13/15

At Museum Auditorium

In her uplifting program Blue Revolution: A Water Ethic for Florida, journalist Cynthia Barnett shows audiences how one of the most water-rich states in the nation could come to face water scarcity and quality woes – and how it doesn’t have to be this way. “Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

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Under the Sea Beach Party Gala

01/25/15 - 01/25/15

At The Sanctuary Golf Club, 2801 Wulfert Road, Sanibel, FL 33957

January 25th, 2015 Benefiting the educational programs of The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. Enjoy dinner, silent and live auctions, concert and dancing,complimentary valet parking. Tickets: $135 per person Want to sit with your friends? Reserve a table for 10 or 12 people for an additional $100. Tables available on a first-come, first-served basis but please name companions you'd like to sit with at time of booking. Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor: Sanibel-Captiva Trust Company

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Jack E. Davis Evening Lecture

02/24/15 - 02/24/15

At Museum Auditorium

Drawing from his forthcoming book, Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, University of Florida history professor Jack E. Davis will talk about the role the Gulf of Mexico has played in the course of U.S. history. “Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

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Steven Noll Evening Lecture

04/21/15 - 04/21/15

At Museum Auditorium

This presentation examines the relationship of people to the land throughout Florida history. Starting with Native American settlement, it shows how Florida has shaped human existence in the state and how human have re-shaped the state itself. “Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

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Open Daily from
10 AM to 5 PM

(Open Noon to 4 on New Years Day, Easter Sunday, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day)

3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road
Sanibel, Florida 33957 USA

Phone: (239) 395-2233
Toll-free:
(888) 679-6450
Fax:
(239) 395-6706

accredited by the maerican association of museums

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