"Look and touch the exhibits" is the first line in the English language guide to the Nishinomiya Shell Museum and that sums up their approach. There were at least 40 children experiencing the wonders of this museum when we visited and we were delighted to see how engaged all the children were. As museum workers and shell collectors ourselves, it seemed to us that this museum has got it right!
There are about 5,000 specimens of 2,000 species of shell on display with accompanying scientific information, enough of which is in English to make it accessible to adult shell enthusiasts. There were also live specimens of land snails as well as a tank with two live Chambered Nautilus. In addition to the scientific displays, there were lots of examples of shell crafts and arts from many locations.
The museum is located in a park near the yacht clubs on the waterfront. It's a splendid location.
We went to Nishinomiya by train and took a taxi to the museum. Entry fee of 200 yen. A bargain!
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