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

Live Tank Demonstration: Meet some of the shell making mollusks!

08/31/12 - 04/30/16

At Shell Museum

Daily, 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. No reservations required. Come see some of the live mollusks (the shell makers) that can be found in our local waters. Our Marine Biologists will offer great insights into these fascinating little creatures. During a presentation you might see a fighting conch use its foot for locomotion, or a lightning whelk slam its trap door shut for protection, or witness scallops zipping across the tank with jet propulsion skills! It's all free with admission.

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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.(PLEASE NOTE: If you are a current guest at the Island Inn, please make your reservation through the hotel directly. If not a current guest at the Inn, book here). 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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Mollusk Matinee Lecture Series

01/07/15 - 04/23/15

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. Included with Paid Museum Admission.

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Shelling 101

01/30/15 - 05/29/16

At The Museum.

Fridays & Sundays at 2 p.m. Gain insights about when and where to shell! Fun and informative presentation by Rebecca Mensch, M.Sc.

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Giant and Colossal Squids

02/02/15 - 07/31/15

At Shell Museum: 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road,Sanibel

Saturdays at 2pm: "Giant and Colossal Squids” is a presentation about the two largest invertebrates on Earth. It deals with interesting facts, the history of our study of them, and the overwhelming lack of knowledge about them. By Marine Biologist Rebecca Mensch. Included with paid Museum admission.

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Bunche Beach Walk With Dr. Jose' Leal

02/04/15 - 07/02/15

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

April 20, 7:30 pm * May 18, 7:30 pm * June 1, 7:30 pm * June 15, 7:30 pm * June 29, 6:30 pm * July 1, 7:30 pm 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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Steven Noll Evening Lecture

04/21/15 - 04/21/15

At Museum Auditorium

FREE TO THE PUBLIC. 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
(888) 679-6450
(239) 395-6706

accredited by the maerican association of museums



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