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The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

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WONDERFUL

Had a great time with the very informative exhibits. Attended a shell talk that was wonderful... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
FlaLady999
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Miami
Small local museum with local flare

My older daughter loved the scavenger hunt and the reward of a local seashell at the end. However... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amanda C
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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An American Association of Museums (AAM) accredited non-profit natural science museum, The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world devoted to shells. Exhibits include shells in art and...more
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3075 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3111
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+1 239-395-2233
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Had a great time with the very informative exhibits. Attended a shell talk that was wonderful. Took a shell jewelry making class with the grandchildren (ages 8-5) and that was a highlight!! Can't wait to go back.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My older daughter loved the scavenger hunt and the reward of a local seashell at the end. However, I would not recommend this museum for children under 3. While there is a great kids area inside the main exhibit it is not quite enough to...More

Thank Amanda C
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Amanda - Thank you for your review. While we have a children's area and do our best to make toddlers welcome, it sometimes does make if difficult for the rest of the family to experience all the Museum has to offer. (That's one reason that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a cool thing to check out! I'd do it at least one time. Arts/crafts / shows and information/shopping.

Thank Melissa M
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Melissa - I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and I hope you'll return on your next Sanibel visit as we always have new programs and activities.

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a Sanibel treasure. The really nice lady at the front helped us find discounts (college student and AAA). She then lead the talk on shells downstairs. She lives here and knows all about Sanibel shells. We loved our visit. The displays are well...More

Thank Keylimes
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for visiting!

Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love beautiful sea shells this is Nirvana. You will see the most gorgeous shells from around the world. A fascinating ,informative and wonderful museum.

Thank btmorgan56
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for visiting and for your review!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Decided to go on our third year visit to Sanibel. I was very pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed my visit. The layout is great, and the exhibits are very interesting and based on geographical distribution and origin. Lots of hands on exhibits that are interesting...More

Thank Kim W
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Kim! I hope you return next year - we have more changes in store.

Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a shell fanatic so I had to go - my husband wasn't too excited but once we were in there he was also pleased and amazed --- soooo many different shells in the world; learned history how groups of folks used shells in...More

Thank P2195POrobins
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

As one shell lover to another...Thanks for sharing!

Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum had a lot of interesting exhibits. When we arrived we were able to listen to a talk that took place on the lower level about the animals that live in the shells. They had a number of these animals in the tanks and...More

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ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for visiting. If you purchase a membership here at the Museum - you can use it at other museums all over the country.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had such a great time here! Our 11 year old daughter loves shelling and was thrilled when we all visited. We learnt so much about the shells we collect here in Florida and worldwide. We loved the live talk given by Anne about the...More

Thank mjohy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since my last visit here a couple of years ago, they have added daily activities. We arrived just in time for story time, so we did that before visiting any exhibits. After the story, the kids made a craft, which they really enjoyed. The storyteller...More

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ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We've been making a lot of changes here - I'm glad your family enjoyed your visit!

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katieh31405
10 March 2018|
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Response from Lucy N | Reviewed this property |
I concur with the other posters...an hour to an hour and a half, IF you don’t do the shell craft activity. They offer a “free” shell craft building activity, which lets a person make something with the shells they supply. We... More
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don22cc
13 April 2016|
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Response from Melanie H | Reviewed this property |
Yes! They have an elevator.
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Susan J
9 April 2016|
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Response from winetravelers2014 |
$15. / adult..... seniors $14
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