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The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum will be closed on Tuesday, July 6th due to tropical storm conditions. We look forward to re-opening as soon as possible. Stay safe!

Or click to Shop Online anytime! ShellMuseum.org/store

 

Explore the Fascinating World of Mollusks
and the Beautiful Shells They Create

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Explore Amazing Marine Animals and Shells of the World

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum will be closed beginning Tuesday, September 27th due to storm conditions. We look forward to re-opening as soon as possible. Stay safe!

The National Shell Museum is a nationally accredited natural history museum that increases 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 mollusks and their importance to our ecosystem.

 

100% of your tax-deductible contribution is used to support the Museum's mission to connect people to the natural world through their love of shells and the marvelous animals that create them.

The Museum is open, with these guidelines in place.

Daily: 10am to 5pm

Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve: 10am to 1pm

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day: closed

Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day: 12pm to 4pm

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Children's Programs at Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel Island Florida

Adopt-A-Class &
K-12 Programs

Animal care and research at Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel Island Florida

Aquariums &
Marine Life Care

Free At-home Activities

Shell-related activities you can do at home!

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Guided School Field Trips

We provide your students with an extensive education on the world of mollusks! As they rotate through four stations, they'll learn about mollusk growth, habitats, reproduction, and feeding.

Time: Mon–Thu at 10:30am

Price: $10 per student

Capacity: 10–60 students

Mollusks Online

Learn about the fascinating world of mollusks as one of our marine biologists brings the museum and wonders of shells and mollusks virtually to your classroom!

Mollusks on the Move

This interactive experience brings LIVE mollusks right to you! School presentations focus on mollusk feeding, reproduction, and conservation and the importance of observing the natural world. We also bring our live touch pools to garden clubs, festivals, and other special events.

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I want to become a member and take my membership card home with me today. Is that possible?

Yes. Let one of our front desk associates know, and they will notify the membership department to print your card. Check back with the front desk before you leave, and they will present the card to you.

Once I become a member, how do I check in at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum?

Present your membership card to our front desk associates.

What if I leave my membership card at home when I visit the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum?

Our front desk staff can look you up either by member number or last name and grant you entrance into the Museum.

 North American Reciprocal Museums Program (NARM).

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The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum connects people to the natural world through their love of shells and the animals that create them.

 

One of the best things to do on Sanibel, the Museum offers fun and educational activities for the whole family. Kids love touching live mollusks in our touch pools, winning scavenger hunt prizes, and watching our Giant Pacific Octopus. Come visit the only museum in the United States devoted solely to shells and mollusks!

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"This museum was one of the reasons my shelling-obsessed daughters and I came to Sanibel. We were not disappointed!"

 

—TripAdvisor Contributor abstill

"We took our kids ages newborn-16 to the shell museum and we were impressed... The tank talk was interesting and fun and the guide was super kind taking time to answer all of our children’s questions."

—TripAdvisor Contributor Mommyoffiv

"They really cater to smaller clientele: a scavenger hunt and toddler friendly area that little hands can play, touch, explore."

 

—TripAdvisor Contributor R3dH3dGrl

Adult Education Classes

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Taught by José H. Leal, Ph.D. and Rebecca Mensch, MS

2022 SEASON LECTURES

Jan 21: Environmental writer CYNTHIA BARNETT

Feb 1: The Soul of An Octopus author SY MONTGOMERY (pictured)
 
Feb 16: Metropolitan Museum of Art curator BRADLEY STRAUCHEN-SCHERER

Mar 15: Diver and photographer LINDA IANNIELLO

Apr 6: News-Press visual journalist ANDREW WEST

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Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum connects people to the natural world through their love of shells and the animals that create them.

 

At the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, we know that mollusks—the marvelous creatures that create the shells­—are amazing animals. There are more mollusks in the ocean than all the fish and marine mammals combined. Mollusks are a critical component of the world’s food web—including our own. Many are endangered and most people don’t know they exist.

One of the best things to do on Sanibel, the Museum offers fun and educational activities for the whole family. Kids love touching live mollusks in our touch pools, winning scavenger hunt prizes, and watching our Giant Pacific Octopus. Come visit the only museum in the United States devoted solely to shells and mollusks!

CUSTOMER SERVICE ASSOCIATE (multiple openings)

Summary:
The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum in Sanibel, FL is seeking outgoing and friendly people to join our team at the admissions desk and in the Museum Store. BMNSM is a nationally-accredited natural history museum and aquarium with a focus on shells, marine life, and conservation located on beautiful Sanibel Island. The Museum includes 11 saltwater aquariums exhibiting over 60 species of marine life including a Giant Pacific Octopus, the largest kind of octopus in the world; as well as 35 exhibits of shells; a changing exhibition gallery; and auditorium for public programs and films. The Museum welcomes between 50,000 and 60,000 visitors annually. 

Customer Service Associates greet visitors, sell admissions and event tickets, answer questions about programs and exhibits, and more. In the Museum Store, Associates ring up purchases, direct shoppers to products, and help maintain an attractive appearance for the Store. Both of these jobs are crucial to the operation of the Museum and funding its non-profit, educational mission.

There are currently multiple openings for part-time employment. Scheduling is flexible, and seasonal positions are also available if you are not a full-time resident. For those with an interest in working with the animals and aquariums, it is possible to cross-train Associates so they may work at the interactive touch pools and educate visitors about the marine life in the aquariums. 


Location:
Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road
Sanibel, FL  33957


Competencies:
•    Oral Communication/Customer Service Skills
•    Detail-Oriented 
•    Professionalism/Work Ethic
•    Team Player


Time Requirements: 
•    Flexible Schedule: minimum 13 hours/week; maximum 30 hours/week

Qualifications:
•    High School diploma

Available openings:
•    Multiple

To Apply:
Send resume and cover letter to Ryan Powell, Director of Finance and Operations, at rpowell@shellmuseum.org.

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