About The Museum

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is the only accredited museum in the United States devoted solely to shells and mollusks.

Our Vision: Connecting people to the natural world through their love of shells and the marvelous animals that create them.

Our Mission: To increase knowledge of and appreciation for mollusks and their shells, using our collections, programs, and expertise to inspire learning, support scientific research, and tell the story of the importance of mollusks to people and the natural world.

Who We Are

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is a registered 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit with AAM accreditation.

Our Story

Started by a local shell collector in 1984, we've grown into a national and international resource for the study and distribution of knowledge about mollusks.

Contact Us

3075 Sanibel Captiva Rd.

Sanibel, FL 33957



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Our latest news releases, a Museum fact sheet, FAQ, and media inquiry contact information.

Media Kit