Group Tours

Bring your group to experience Southwest Florida’s natural molluscan beauty. Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum offers a variety of fun and educational guided tour options to suit groups of all ages.

Guided Museum Tours | Group Admission

Guided Museum Tours

Price: $12 per youth ages 5-17, $17 per adult
Group Size: 10 people or moreGroup Admission

Our guided tours offer an extensive education into the world of mollusks.  Your Museum Educator will discuss molluscan growth, habitats, reproduction, feeding, etc. We are happy to tailor our field trips to fit your needs! Possible programs:

Mollusks in Action 

This thirty-minute locally filmed educational video is a must see for everyone visiting our beautiful barrier islands. Watch mollusks eat, move and protect themselves. Learn about their anatomy and how they grow. See females spawn egg casings that produce hundreds of babies. Mollusks in Action introduces people of all ages to the intricate lives of mollusks.

Exhibit Hall Tour

Your guide will give you an inside look at some of our 30+ exhibits located in our Great Hall of Shells. Some of these exhibits include: Sanibel-Captiva shells, Fossil layers, Money cowries, Cephalopods, Calusa, and World Record-Size shells. On the main floor, "Journey to the Center of a Shell" explains shell growth, the lifestyles of mollusks, their feeding habits, and some amazing adaptations displayed by our favorite animals; this section includes some very recent discoveries and ongoing research on marine and freshwater mollusks. On the ground floor, visitors will be greeted by a set of panels explaining the wonders of shelling on Sanibel and Captiva, and how to make the most of your shelling experience on the islands.

Tank Talk

Join one of our Museum Educators for an up-close look at mollusks in our 8-foot long tank. Learn about these fascinating creatures and the shells they create. Watch a Florida Fighting Conch use its foot for locomotion, spy a Lightning Whelk slam its trap door shut for protection, or witness Atlantic Calico Scallops zipping across the tank with their jet propulsion skills.

Most tours run between 60-90 minutes, which will allow ample time to visit all of the areas listed above. After your tour, please feel free to explore the Museum on your own and shop in our beautiful Gift Store. Group tour participants also receive a 10% discount in our Museum Store.

Group Admission

  • Price: $8 per child (ages 5-17), $13 per adult
  • Group size MUST be at least 10 or larger (not including bus driver or tour director)
  • Payment must be made in one lump sum.
  • Complimentary admission is offered to the group leader and bus driver.
  • No additional discounts, coupons, or guest passes can be used.
During your visit, please shop in our Museum Store and receive a 10% discount.

For more information please contact:

Leigh Gay
Outreach Coordinator