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

Marine Naturalist Adventure

03/01/14 - 06/30/14

At Captiva Cruises South Seas Island Resort Captiva Island

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum and Captiva Cruises present an ecological expedition that will educate and excite marine enthusiasts. Join a Marine Naturalist from the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum for an unforgettable day with a small group aboard the 40’ sailing catamaran "Adventure." The trips set sail Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at South Seas Resort on Captiva Island. The four-hour cruise costs $100 for adults and $75 for children and includes the boat trip, lunch, and admission to The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum.

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Island Inn Beach Walks

03/18/14 - 05/27/14

At Island Inn 3111 W Gulf Drive Sanibel, FL 33957

Join our Marine Naturalist for a beach walk on the sand near Island Inn on Sanibel Island. This guided beach walk leaves from Island Inn every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Come learn about the shells, the mollusks who create them, 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 today. Call (239) 395-2233 to make a reservation. All participants receive a coupon for half-off Shell Museum admission.

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Bunche Beach Low Tide Excursion

05/26/14 - 05/26/14

At Bunche Beach 18201 John Morris Rd 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 and all participants receive a coupon for half-off Museum admission. Monday, MAY 26, 7:00 p.m. Call (239) 395-2233 to make a reservation.

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Lighthouse Evening Beach Walk


At Please meet at the lighthouse on the beach facing Ft. Myers Beach.

Explore the beach near the Sanibel Lighthouse during low tide with our Marine Naturalist. 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 to make a reservation.

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Open Daily from
10 AM to 5 PM

Closed on New Year 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



Marine Naturalist Cruise


trip advisor

Sanibel Island

Shell photos courtesy of Henry Domke

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