The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum offers a collection of seashells and a teacher's guide for purchase by schools, children's museums, and similar educational organizations. The Shell Collection Kit is designed to be part of the curricula for grades 4 through 8. When displayed, the collection takes up a space of approximately 3x4 ft.

The Shell Collection Kit contains:

  • Teacher's Guide
  • Student's Shell Identification Guide
  • Seashells of the World, a Golden Nature Guide
  • Approximately 50 species of marine mollusks
  • One set of shell identification labels

Shell Related Videos

The Museum also offers two very informative DVDs for sale. They are a part of THE SECRET LIVES OF SEASHELLS series, a highly acclaimed video series featuring mollusks and other interesting sea creatures. These outstanding videos are shown continuously in the Museum Auditorium and are considered by many to be the highlight of the museum visit.

Secret Lives of Seashells MOLLUSKS IN ACTION introduces students to the intricate lives of mollusks. It focuses on the anatomy of gastropods and bivalves, their methods of locomotion, what they eat, and how they protect themselves and reproduce.

TRAILS & TALES OF LIVING SEASHELLS features sea creatures that make trails in the sand. Other segments include: the mouth action of a spiny urchin; the unusual escape response of the nassa mud snail; and the complex bristle movement of sand dollars.

EDUCATION SERIES VOL. 1 is a three-disc set that includes both videos and THE SECRET LIVES OF SEASHELLS TEACHER'S GUIDE. This guide gives background information for educators and for use in the classroom. Adaptable for elementary through entry-level college students, it provides activities that may be modified for specific classes or grade levels. It includes twenty printable photographs, and over seventy additional online resources. The Teacher's Guide is available only in the EDUCATION SERIES VOL.1.

Price List

  1. Shell Collection Kit (Excludes videos) $20.00 USD, $25 USD for Canada or Mexico, $30 USD all other countries
  2. Education Services VOL 1 (Includes both DVD's and a Teacher's Guide) $49.95 USD, $60.00 for Canada or Mexico, $65 USD all other countries
  3. Mollusk in Action DVD - $19.95 USD, $25 USD for Canada or Mexico, $30 USD all other countries
  4. Trails and Tales of Living Seashells DVD $19.95 USD, $25 USD for Canada or Mexico, $30 USD all other countries

How to Order Please make checks payable to The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. Institutions interested in obtaining a Shell Collection Kit and optional videos must send a written request on the organization’s letterhead. (Please include a street address, not a P.O. Box for UPS shipping.)

Mail your request to The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, P.O. Box 1580, Sanibel, Florida 33957.

Donations to further this program are always welcome and are tax-deductible. The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum volunteers assemble, pack, and mail the Shell Collection Kits. There is a limited supply so there may be delays in shipping.

At this time, more than 2,000 schools and museums in the United States, American Samoa, Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ecuador, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and Switzerland have received Shell Collection Kits.

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