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The Lower Gulf Coast Sights

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

  • 3075 Sanibel–Captiva Rd. Map It
  • Sanibel
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 05/12/2014

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More than 25 vignettes and exhibits explore shells in the environment, art, and history, including a life-size display of native Calusa and how they used shells for tools and vessels and new exhibits on cowrie shells and the biggest shells in the world. Visit the shell-identifier wheel, which categorizes specimens from local waters in sizes ranging from tiny to huge. Handle shell specimens and play games in the colorful kids' lab. Watch a movie all about shells: how they

form and where to find them. A six-foot globe at the center of the museum rotunda highlights shells from around the world. The gift shop is filled with unique items that reflect an upscale nautical theme.

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3075 Sanibel–Captiva Rd., Sanibel, Florida, 33957, United States

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239-395–2233; 888-679–6450

Sight Details:

  • $9
  • Daily 10–5

Updated 05/12/2014


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