Accessibility and Special Needs

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum provides programs, exhibits, services, and spaces that are accessible to all visitors. Our staff members are always happy to answer questions or provide assistance.


All movies shown in our auditorium are closed captioned.

Food Allergies

Food and drinks (other than water) are not allowed in exhibit areas.


  • The entire Museum is accessible.

  • The elevator serves both floors of the Museum.

  • Restrooms are wheelchair friendly.

  • Service animals are always welcome.

  • A limited number of wheelchairs are available, free of charge, at the Front Desk.


Printed Materials

A social story book is available to prepare children for their visits and show what it's like to visit the Museum. Download our Covid-19 version here.

Quiet Spaces 

Staff members can recommend areas in the Museum that are typically quieter than others.

Service Animals

Service animals are always welcome.

Sound-reducing Earmuffs

A limited number of sound-reducing earmuffs are available, free of charge, at the Front Desk.

If you have any questions about visiting the Museum with accessibility or other special needs, please call 239-395-2233.