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“Informative but small ” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
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Owner description: 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 history, shell habitats, rare specimens, World Record size shells, fossil shells, common Southwest Florida shells, and more. The learning lab features a hands-on play area for children, displays, games, and a tank with indigenous mollusks. A half-hour video, Mollusks in Action, is shown on the hour, and a children's video is shown continuously. The museum store offers a wide selection of shell books
wallingford pa
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“Informative but small ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

My daughters and I visited on a rainy afternoon after being chased off the beach. I thought it was a little expensive for such a small place. We did save $1 each with AAA but still cost $25 for all three. I loved the idea if the scavenger hunt for the kids because it got them to read the exhibits a little more and we all learned something . We only watched one movie but found it informative and it unlocked some questions we had about things we found on the beach. It would be good to go in the beginning of the trip. My daughter purchased a shell collecting bag and it was the same bag we saw in all the gift shops on the island and surprisingly was the cheapest we had seen. The staff member at the desk was friendly and the kids got to take home shells at the end when they checked their answers. I felt it could have been cheaper but we learned quite a bit so it was worth
it.

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Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, Usa
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“Good for Learning”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

Sanible and Captiva are such great places for shelling that a trip to the museum is almost a must. You can learn about the various types of shells that you will find on the island and about the sea creatures that call them home. It is an educational experience so it is a good place to bring the kids. However it is not a place you need to visit yearly. One trip is pretty much all you need.

Visited August 2013
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Auburn, New York
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“nice but pricey for an hour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

We were visiting MANY sites while al Sanibel, and after afew, each of the $7 fee per person start to add up. Since there are so many wonderful attractions on the island, figure out which are the ones you want an indepth visit to. You will enjoy which ever ones you choose

Visited May 2014
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Waltham, Massachusetts
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“So many shells”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

Although it is pricey, two adults + child ($27.00) there's an expansive collection of shells. I was surprised to learn that Raymond Burr had developed a personal interest in shell collecting, and later donated his hat and cane from Perry Mason, as well as his personal shell collection.

Visited June 2014
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Delray Beach, Florida
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“Very nice!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

The museum is in a wonderful building - have two very informative videos and the most beautiful shells I have ever seen. Also a gift and book shop with prices from very low to very high. All of the gifts and books are interesting. Good for adults and for kids. Highly recommend this stop on Sanibel.

Visited June 2014
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