Raymond Burr Exhibit Renovation CompleteWritten by: John Suau
Publication Date: August 18, 2012
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum (BMSM) is proud to announce the installation of the renovated Raymond Burr exhibit. The exhibit is now housed in the Great Hall of Shells and includes three aspects of Mr. Burr’s life – actor/movie star, philanthropist, and shell enthusiast.
Mr. Burr’s illustrious career as a movie star and television actor includes such memorable titles as the original 1956 Japanese film, Godzilla, and the classic Alfred Hitchcock film Rear Window; his television career includes such long-running hits as Perry Mason and Ironside. Raymond Burr also loved the isolated South Seas islands and in 1965 he purchased Naitamba Island in Fiji. There, he and his partner, Robert Benevides, collected shells as a relaxing hobby. Mr. Benevides recently donated a hat, cane, and pocket square from his collection of memorabilia from Mr. Burr’s days as Perry Mason. He also included a beautiful photograph of Mr. Burr on Naitamba and a generous number of shells from Burr’s collection. All of these items are on display in the new exhibit.
The actor spent many hours on Sanibel as benefactor and fundraiser for the Museum. As an early supporter, Raymond Burr chaired the Museum’s first capital campaign and graciously hosted several fund raisers. The Museum established The Raymond Burr Memorial Garden to recognize his pivotal role in helping to establish The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum.