The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is the only professional museum in the country dedicated entirely to shells. The museum opened in 1995, and quickly gained recognition for its expertise at both a national and international level. It is also one of only a small percentage of museums in the US accredited by the American Association of Museums.
Though contained in one large room, The Great Hall of Shells includes more than 30 exhibits telling the story of mollusks from around the world. With exhibits devoted to shells in art and history, shell habitats, rare specimens, fossil shells, and common Southwest Florida Shells the museum is a fantastic field trip opportunity for students learning about Florida nature and shells.
Educators should request the "School Shell Collection Kit" ($20) or optional DVDS: The Secret Lives of Seashells or Trails & Tales of Living Seashells ($19.95 each) in writing from the museum at: PO BOX 1580 Sanibel, Florida 33957