What's New

Upcoming activities and recent Shell Museum developments. Also, check "General Information."

March 17, 2014
The fifth annual meeting of Florida United Malacologists (FUM) will take place on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum (BMSM) on Sanibel Island, Florida
March 1, 2014
February 24, 2014
Executive Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Living joins The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on March 5 at 2 p.m
February 21, 2014
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
February 4, 2014
Dr. Ronald Toll is back by popular demand for another engagement of “Sunken Treasure.” SOLD OUT.
December 31, 2013
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November 29, 2013
November 22, 2013
November 13, 2013
Union Jacks will be flying high on January 26th at the Sanctuary Golf Club when Under the Sea 2014 welcomes a British Invasion.
October 25, 2013
Help make a difference by doing something you enjoy by becoming a volunteer at the museum today
October 19, 2013
Plan a trip to the Shell Museum to see the newly remodeled lobby and gift store
October 11, 2013
Our annual Celebrity Island Dinner fundraiser was an outrageous success
September 27, 2013
Why not adopt your own class and help us fund one of the most important programs at the Museum
September 13, 2013
We are due for some very important updates at the Museum, and we will reopen shortly
July 30, 2013
How do researchers name new species? And why are "types" important to our collection? Read to find out
July 15, 2013
Our wonderful volunteers have worked tirelessly to organize the Museum's collection
July 9, 2013
Our shell enthusiasts had a fun and educational experience on their recent excursion to the Bahamas
July 1, 2013
Please join us in welcoming Dorrie Hipschman
June 21, 2013
We had a great season and we are grateful for this community's support
June 14, 2013
We will greatly miss you, Francis
June 14, 2013
You don't want to miss this Queen Helmet on display
April 4, 2013
Museum Honors Shell Enthusiast and Founding Volunteer
March 18, 2013
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is proud to announce that the Museum Store is now the exclusive retailer on Sanibel for an outstanding collection of affordable Sailors’ Valentines Kits, designed and produced in the United States by a crafter in Colorado.
March 11, 2013
The Museum has installed a beach backdrop for photos of visitors with unique shells found on the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva.
March 11, 2013
New redesigned Exhibit Guide enhances visitor experience
March 2, 2013
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum celebrated its volunteers during the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception on February 25, 2013
February 8, 2013
This past Tuesday, February 5, The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum hosted an opening reception for its most recent three exhibits: “Raymond Burr Memorial Exhibit,” “Deep-sea Mollusks,” and “Henry Domke: Nature Photographer.”
December 22, 2012
Sanibel Island resident Tom Risher, originally from Green Pond, New Jersey, has been one of The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum’s most active and engaged volunteers for the past four years
December 10, 2012
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is advancing a collaborative initiative with some partner hotels, resorts and tourist information centers to assist with their existing shell displays.
December 7, 2012
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is proud to announce the winners for the 3rd Annual Live Mollusk Photography Competition, in sync with the Museum’s 17th Anniversary.
December 3, 2012
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is currently in the pre-production stages of an exciting enhancement to the visitor experience. In the coming months, the Museum will produce and deliver audio tours for eight of the more than 30 exhibits currently on display in the Great Hall of Shells.
November 28, 2012
November 19, 2012
The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club recently donated over $11,000 to The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum to assist with the purchase of collection storage cabinets and specimen boxes for the Museum’s collection department.
October 24, 2012
Which is the most abundant shell on Sanibel Island? We all know how plentiful shells are on Sanibel’s beaches, but what species is most commonly found? Did you ever wonder?
October 19, 2012
In an unexpected but appropriate twist of fate, Bailey’s General Store recently incorporated the Museum’s now famous Shell Guide onto the shopping bags given to customers.
July 26, 2012
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum has been awarded a three-year grant from the “Museums for America” initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for libraries and museums.
July 20, 2012
Dr. José H. Leal, Director and Curator of The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, was recently elected president of Conchologists of America (COA), the largest organization of shell enthusiasts in the world.
July 7, 2012
Dr. José H. Leal, Director/Curator for The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, announced today that Dr. Eugene V. Coan was awarded the 2012 R. Tucker Abbott Visiting Curatorship.
June 22, 2012
Looking for a great way to inspire your students, but can’t find the funds you need to make it happen? Check out the Target® Field Trip Grants program.
June 15, 2012
Honored as a Highly Rated Museum as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site
June 11, 2012
The Ferguson family, on Sanibel for a summer vacation from southern Georgia, recently visited The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum; the family received free entrance as a part of the Museum's participation in the Blue Star Museums program.
June 1, 2012
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum has a new look! After an exhaustive competition that resulted in over 350 design submissions from around the world, the Museum is happy to unveil the new logo that will represent the Museum “brand” across multiple forms of communication, including print and digital media.
May 25, 2012
As The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum finalizes the restoration and relocation of the Raymond Burr Memorial Exhibit and The State Fair in Shells, some groundwork was required.
May 25, 2012
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is currently scheduling this academic year’s field trips for Lee County fourth grade students. However, due to continued cutbacks in Lee County school budgets, sponsorships from individuals and businesses are vital to the continuation of the program.
May 11, 2012
On Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Dr. José H. Leal, Ph.D., director and curator for The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, delivered a talk to the Broward Shell Club about one of the Museum’s newest exhibits, “Cowries.” After the talk, Broward Shell Club board member Tom Ball handed Dr. Leal a check for $500 as a donation to the Museum’s programs.
April 30, 2012
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum (BMSM) is currently renovating The Raymond Burr Memorial Exhibit, established in memory of the deceased actor prior to his death in 1993. The exhibit, currently housed in the lower level of the Museum, will be relocated into the Great Hall of Shells and will feature newly acquired shells from his personal collection, as well as memorabilia from the Mr. Burr’s very illustrious career.
April 24, 2012
Membership in The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum has become more valuable than ever. The Museum is pleased to announce its participation in the North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) program. If you join the Museum at the $100 level or above, you automatically become a member of this reciprocal membership program.



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