A world of shells
Need a local mystery solved?
Photo by Melanie Moraga

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is located on Sanibel Island, Florida; however, we display fascinating shells from all over the world. In addition to offering gorgeous specimens to view, we'll also share insights into the various roles shells have played in the past, today, and possibly in the future. Science is dynamic and ever-changing, and so are we.

And as the only shell museum in the United States, we have a pretty big responsibility to get things right.

We take great care to be accurate, which means our information will change as new scientific discoveries are made. Stay with us as we continue to expand our exhibits and also our Southwest Florida Shell Guide. And please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have questions or suggestions!