The National Shell Museum is also home to The Nautilus, A Quarterly Devoted to Malacology - established 1886.
Advance booking required.
Join our Marine Biologist for a beach walk near the Island Inn. See the beach in a whole new way!
$10 adults / $7 children. Includes half-off Shell Museum admission!
No reservations required. Let our marine biologists introduce you to some of the mollusks that make the shells!
Life-size models of a giant squid, nautilus, and octopus help explain the three main surviving branches of Cephalopods. We cover many aspects of cephalopod biology and related folklore, and even include a 13-foot model of a giant squid (Architeuthis dux)! We also offer programs about Giant and Colossal Squids.View
Our Museum Store has terrific marine-themed items for all ages and budgets! Including Charles Albert jewelry, Sailors' Valentines, books, cards and souvenirs to commemorate your visit to Sanibel! Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - no Museum admission required to shop!View
The Nautilus is a peer-reviewed journal publishing articles on diverse aspects of the biology, ecology, and systematics of mollusks. Established in 1886 as The Conchologists Exchange, The Nautilus is one of the most traditional international journals in the field of malacology. The Nautilus’ Editor-in-Chief is the Shell Museum’s own José H. Leal.View
Fossils are tangible traces of history that guests of all ages appreciate. We have many specimens, including our Ecphora exhibit, which shows treasures that once flourished 30 million to 3 million years ago. Found in fossil pits from Maryland to Florida, Ecphora gardnerae is a species of fossil predatory sea snail, an extinct marine gastropod mollusk.View
Presented by the Shell Museum at South Seas Resort, May 22 – 24, 2016. “Mollusks in Peril” will provide a forum for discussion on the possible ecological drivers of extinction risk, the synergies that enhance ecological stress, and the taxonomy, ontogeny, and geography of change in and risk to marine, freshwater, and terrestrial mollusks.View
Let our marine biologists help you see the beach and shelling in a whole new way! Our daily walks at the Island Inn and monthly treks to Bunche Beach in Fort Myers provide insights into local flora and fauna. Plus you’ll receive half-off Museum admission! Advance booking required, please.View
Multiple exhibits give guests the opportunity to see prized junonias, as well as fig shells, pen shells, lettered olives, and more. We also celebrate early local shell collectors and citizen scientists, and show examples of various local habitats of live shells.View
Join a one-of-a-kind experience with a small group aboard the catamaran, "Adventure". Led by a Shell Museum Marine Biologist, you’ll become more familiar with the diversity of the plants and animals that can be found around Captiva. Includes gourmet lunch, a laminated shell guide and Shell Museum Admission!View
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