Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

Sandalfoot Condominium would like to invite you to visit the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel Island. Our beautiful beaches are known world-wide for the best shelling ever and so many of our guests come from all over the world to enjoy this natural, fun pastime. The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is a great place to visit while you’re vacationing with us. Come in and explore, learn and indulge in the beauty and nature of our beloved Sanibel Island. This is a great place to bring the kids and teach them all about Mother Nature’s oceanic gift to us here on Sanibel Island!

The non-profit Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world. Exhibits are devoted to shells in art and history, shell habitat, rare specimens, 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.

Museum Mission:

  • To educate about shells and mollusks, the shell-makers, through exhibits, educational programs, library services and publications;
  • To further awareness of nature and the natural environment;
  • To promote collection-based research on shells and mollusks with emphasis on Southwest Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.

Open Daily from 10 AM to 5 PM 

$9.00 for Adults/$5.00 (ages 5 – 16)

3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road
Sanibel, Florida 33957 USA
Phone: (239) 395-2233
Toll-free: (888) 679-6450
Fax: (239) 395-6706

Shell Museum Store 

“OUR GIFTS FROM THE SEA” – All Museum Store items complement The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum collections and exhibits. While all the Museum Store items help to advance our mission of education about shells and mollusks, some pieces are also inspired by Museum exhibits ranging from shells in color to shells in architecture. There is something for everyone at the Museum Store.

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum Store has a wide variety of shell-related items from postcards to unique works of art and includes a nice selection of shell books and identification guides. The children’s selection includes books, puzzles, games, stuffed animals, jewelry, and clothing. For adult shoppers, the Museum Store offers a tremendous array of unusual and exclusive treasures. Books, china, hand-painted silk scarves and jackets, wind chimes, stationery, posters, garden supplies, jewelry, and picture frames – just a portion of the many wonderful items available at the Museum Store. Shop after your visit to the Museum or visit just to the Museum Store! One-hundred percent of the proceeds supports the Museum.

Items can be ordered by calling during business hours at 239.395.2233. Or visit the website to complete the inquiry form.

Sandalfoot Condominium on Sanibel Island – Recipient of the 2012 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor and 2012 AAA Three-Diamond Award.  Your home-away-from-home beachfront vacation rental.  Your choice of either a 1 or 2-bedroom, beachfront or gulf view, condominium.   Each completely and thoughtfully appointed.  Relax and spend lazy days sunning or shelling on one of the best shelling beaches of the world; take a dip in our pool or perhaps play a friendly game of tennis or shuffleboard; bike the island trails, fish right from the beach, tee-off at a nearby golf course, enjoy world-class shopping and dining, or go birding at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge – the possibilities are endless!  With so much to offer, Sandalfoot Condominium is the best value for your vacation rental on Sanibel Island.

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