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“A must do while on Tortola!”

North Shore Shell Museum
Ranked #12 of 38 things to do in Road Town
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Owner description: A cluttered Carrot Bay museum with thousands of shells on display, as well as boats and various crafts.
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A must do while on Tortola!”
Reviewed 25 January 2014

Egbet is a wonderful person and a fantastic host. He owns and restores the museum with children from the island. He teaches them valuable skills which they can use to find employment later in life. When my girlfriend and I stopped by to check out the museum we were the only ones there. Egbert immediately dropped everything and began to tell us all about the museum. He was even so kind as to make just the two of us a wonderful meal. It was the best meal I had during my 12 day stay in the Virgin Islands. Following the meal we "struck the band" where Egbert played a guitar and sang a great song while my girlfriend and I joined in! Truly an unforgettable experience!

Visited January 2014
2 Thank Josh J
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English first
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51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Wierd but well worth a visit for something very different!”
Reviewed 2 May 2013

We stopped by one morning based on other tripadvisor reviews. We loved it, something totally unlike your polished tourist trap!
It's an eclectic collection of all sorts of things either created from shells, or bits of flotsam from beachcombing, and just bric-a-brac (a large collection of teacups, for example!). Donations are welcome (or purchases of basic windchimes etc made by local children) and we felt happy to give something based on the wonderful main man's stories and efforts to involve local kids, and give them things to do. An old boat which they are renovating will take a good bit more work though!

We had a fresh mango juice each which was spectacularly good, and looked around at all the other fruits he grows on site. I would definitely have eaten here for lunch or dinner if we'd had just a little more time. I reckon it would have been delicious.

Overall one of those memorable moments in our trip.

Visited April 2013
4 Thank stayathomedad
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down by the river
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2013

Weird is good. We walked from Sebastians. It was about a 20 minute walk & worth it despite the sunburn. It was nice to get out and walk. It's just a very bizarre thing to see. We called to make reservations for lunch but got an answering machine. We left a message saying we hoped he was cooking & we'd be there around 1:30. We weren't planning on walking at that time so by the time we arrived it was after 2:00 and no one was around. You could still go in & check the place out,though.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank stellakitty
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Inspiring sea based art in the unlikeliest of settings”
Reviewed 23 January 2013

Stumbled across this museum on carrot bay while holidaying on Tortola. Like a tumble down house filled in every corner with shell related creations, old doors, mirrors and fishing paraphernalia, hand made mobiles, boats and more abstract collages, necklaces and interesting verses based on nature, life, love and religion. There is a restaurant upstairs which is surprisingly lovely looking with excellent sea views. Egbert the owner and "curator" was friendly and open, not trying to sell anything but happy to chat. He says local children come to hang out there and learn about all that the place has to offer. Some truly inspiring philosophies abound in this strange little place.
Perhaps not a museum as I would interpret it but well worth a look.

2 Thank cat76_12
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Mansfield, Massachusetts
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41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2012

It was of season and we were the only people in this funky restaurant. The owner was incredibly kind and the food was great. Local fish and the largest lobster ever (3 lbs), roasted breadfruit from the tree outside, fresh coconut water right out of the husk (!) with a straw. A great local experience. Unexpected find.

Visited November 2012
2 Thank AndrewAnne A
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