Street Address
3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road
Sanibel, FL 33957
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1580
Sanibel, FL 33957
phone: 239-395-2233
fax: 239-395-6706
e-mail: shell@shellmuseum.org
web: www.shellmuseum.org
Hours
Daily10 AM - 5 PM
Admissions
Adults $9
Youth 5-16 $5
Children 4 & under free
Seniors: $10
AAA: $10
AARP: $10
Museum Type(s)
Services
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Staff
Dorrie Hipschman, Executive Director
Dr. José H. Leal, Science Director
Melanie Moraga, Assistant Executive Director
Stephanie Muddell, Communications Director

Description

More than thirty-five exhibits display world-wide shells, with special focus on Southwest Florida shells. Acclaimed video Mollusks in Action is shown five times daily. Store offers books and shell-motif gift items. Daily programming and demonstrations. See website for details.

Mission

The dissemination of information on Mollusks through exhibits, educational programs, library and publications.

Research Collections

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, a specialized natural history museum, is a collecting museum. Its collection of shells and preserved specimens represents a large fraction of the global biodiversity of mollusks. The Museum houses a collection of worldwide and local mollusks that encompasses about 150,000 lots. The collection is expanding, with a growing focus on mollusks from the coast of southwest Florida, its barrier islands, and the Gulf of Mexico. The increasingly regional nature of the collection has attracted a large number of national and international students and scientists who visit the Museum to examine specimens in their fields of expertise. Records of our holdings are managed through a database management system and searches of the collection may be performed online.

Educational Programs

Volunteer docents assist museum visitors on their self-guided tours. The museum offers special programs and tours to groups of all ages from schoolchildren to Elderhostels. The Museum offers a discounted admission price for tours by groups of ten or more persons. The unique guided tour consists of a slide presentation on the lifestyles of mollusks, and a hands-on display of Southwest Florida shells. Also highlighted are certain exhibits in the Great Hall of Shells, including live mollusks. Reservations are required.

  • Daily Beach Walks with Museum Master Marine Bioglist
  • Daily Programming at 2pm - See website for schedule
  • Twice-Daily Live Tank demonstrations featuring local mollusks in an 8-foot long clear tank.
  • Weekly Adventure Cruise with Master Marine Biologist aboard a 24 passenger catamaran.

Governance

Private Non-Profit

Library

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

Appointment required: Yes

Publications

Scientific journal, "The Nautilus", published quarterly.
Newsletter "Shell Museum News", published quarterly.

  • The Nautilus
  • Shell Museum News

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Services

Gift Shop

Group Tours