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!


Precision Photography of Extraordinary and Uncommon Shells


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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


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!


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. 

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

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

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

•    High School diploma

Available openings:
•    Multiple

To Apply:
Send resume and cover letter to Ryan Powell, Director of Finance and Operations, at