Welcome to the Shell Museum!
The 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.
Marine Naturalist Adventure
03/01/14 - 12/31/14
At Captiva Cruises South Seas Island Resort Captiva Island THIS CRUISE MUST BE BOOKED BY CALLING CAPTIVA CRUISES AT 239-472-5300.
The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and Captiva Cruises present a one-of-a-kind experience sure to excite marine enthusiasts of all ages. Join our Marine Naturalist for an unforgettable four hour cruise with a small group aboard the 40' sailing catamaran "Adventure". Cruise Pine Island Sound to North Captiva Island. Explore both the back bay and the gulf as you learn about shells, the mollusks that create them, and the environment they live in. Enjoy a gourmet lunch on board and sail home while enjoying the Florida wildlife around you. This unforgettable trip is perfect for active families and individuals. WATER SHOES REQUIRED, no flip flops. Prepare to get wet.
Island Inn Beach Walks
03/18/14 - 12/31/14
At Island Inn 3111 W Gulf Drive Sanibel, FL 33957
CHOOSE PREFERRED DATE IN CALENDAR OF EVENTS TO BOOK ONLINE. Join our Marine Naturalist for a beach walk near Island Inn. Walks depart daily from the Island Inn lobby at 9 a.m. Learn about the shells, mollusks, and other marine life that has washed ashore. The cost is $10, and parking at Island Inn is free for beach walk participants. Space is limited so book online now by clicking Calendar of Events (top right) or by calling (239) 395-2233 to make a reservation. All participants receive a coupon for half-off Shell Museum admission.
Timbers' Oystravaganza at the Museum
11/13/14 - 11/13/14
Join Oyster aficionado Matt Asen and his fabulous Timbers restaurant staff at the Museum for an evening that’s all about oysters. Sample oyster and wine varietals while we also satisfy your hunger for knowledge with an Edible Mollusks presentation by the Museum’s own Dr. José Leal. Advance reservations are required. $40 per person, Thursday, November 13th, 6pm
Pearls and Chocolate for a Cause
11/14/14 - 11/14/14
Create an elegant 78 inch freshwater pearl and Swarovski crystal necklace (or two smaller ones) while sipping wine, sampling hors d'oeuvres and chocolates. Artist Patty Lipka will unleash your inner artist and make creating fun and easy. You’ll have a great time and go home with a beautiful necklace to keep! Tickets: $100 per person. Very limited seating. Reserve your spot before they're gone!
Bunche Beach Low Tide Excursion
11/24/14 - 11/24/14
At Bunche Beach 18201 John Morris Rd Fort Myers, FL 33931
Bunche Beach Low Tide Excursions: Dr. Leal leads a low tide beach walk at Bunche Beach in Ft. Myers. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children, and participants receive a coupon for half-off Museum admission. Book online or call (239) 395-2233 to make a reservation.
Mollusk Matinee Lecture Series
01/07/15 - 04/02/15
At Museum Auditorium
This lecture series includes a broad range of exciting shell-related subjects combining natural history and environmental issues of immediate interest to our community. Talks will range from 30–40 minutes, followed by questions.
Cynthia Barnett Evening Lecture
01/13/15 - 01/13/14
At Museum Auditorium
In her uplifting program Blue Revolution: A Water Ethic for Florida, journalist Cynthia Barnett shows audiences how one of the most water-rich states in the nation could come to face water scarcity and quality woes – and how it doesn’t have to be this way. “Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.”
Under the Sea Beach Party Gala
01/25/15 - 01/25/15
At The Sanctuary Golf Club, 2801 Wulfert Road, Sanibel, FL 33957
January 25th, 2015 Benefiting the educational programs of The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. Enjoy dinner, silent and live auctions, concert and dancing,complimentary valet parking. Tickets: $135 per person Want to sit with your friends? Reserve a table for 10 or 12 people for an additional $100. Tables available on a first-come, first-served basis but please name companions you'd like to sit with at time of booking. Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor: Sanibel-Captiva Trust Company
Jack E. Davis Evening Lecture
02/24/15 - 02/24/15
At Museum Auditorium
Drawing from his forthcoming book, Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, University of Florida history professor Jack E. Davis will talk about the role the Gulf of Mexico has played in the course of U.S. history. “Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.”
Steven Noll Evening Lecture
04/21/15 - 04/21/15
At Museum Auditorium
This presentation examines the relationship of people to the land throughout Florida history. Starting with Native American settlement, it shows how Florida has shaped human existence in the state and how human have re-shaped the state itself. “Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.”
Open Daily from
10 AM to 5 PM
(Open Noon to 4 on New Years Day, Easter Sunday, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day)
3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road
Sanibel, Florida 33957 USA
Phone: (239) 395-2233
Toll-free: (888) 679-6450
Fax: (239) 395-6706