Fun at the Shell Museum

Shell Museum

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is a busy place in the summer, with many activities directed to visiting families. The museum is open seven days a week and offers a different program daily in its “New Day, New Adventure” series. In addition, there are live Tank Talks, and Shell Arts & Crafts in the afternoons. The museum is also offering guided Beach Walks for visitors to learn about the most commonly found shells on our beaches.

Making these activities more affordable is a discount being offered to summer visitors, a buy-one, get one half off on every admission and beach walk. Regular admission prices are $15 for adults, $9 for ages 12 – 17 and $7 for 5 – 11. Children aged 5 and under are admitted free. The Museum is open from 10 until 5 and is located at 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road.

The live Tank Talks are held four times a day, at 11:00, 12:30, 2:30 and 4. In addition to discussing live mollusks, presenters talk about Florida’s live shelling ban.

Beach Walks are led by the museum’s shell experts and take visitors on one-hour walks starting at 9:00 am daily from the Island Inn at 3111 West Gulf Drive. Advanced registration is required and the walks are open to 6 people at a time. Beach Walks prices are the same as admission costs, and registration is available by telephone at (239) 395-2233 or at

The Shell Museum is a wonderful resource to have right here in our community. It offers visitors a chance to learn more about the beach and to have a better appreciation of the shells. The museum has something for everyone during the summer and is a not-to-be-missed activity for all visitors to Sanibel.


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