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$75 annual membership

Lion Paw

$250 annual membership

Angel Wing

$1000 annual membership

Golden Olive

$125 annual membership


$500 annual membership

Friends of the Living Gallery

$2500 annual membership


To join or renew online, click on the membership of choice from the options above. You may also print and mail in the membership form.
Call 239-347-5119 with questions.

Thank you for your interest in Membership at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. Members have played an essential role in sustaining the Museum during its 28-year history, and in responding to major challenges such as rebuilding from the impact of Hurricane Ian over the past year.

We’re pleased to say that the Museum will reopen in phases in early 2024, and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Benefits of Membership include unlimited free admission, discounts at the Museum Store, invitations to special events, and are detailed in the descriptions of Membership levels below.  

Apart from benefits, Membership directly supports the mission of the Museum and makes possible the exhibits, educational programs, community outreach, research, and scholarship that embody what this unique natural history museum and aquarium does and offers.

We appreciate your support. Thank you. 

All memberships are for one year and include up to two adults and four children under 18 living in the same household.


  • Unlimited free admission for two adults and four children within the same household

  • 20% discount at the Museum Store

  • Subscription to Museum print and email newsletters

  • Invitations to Members-only programs

  • Discounts for paid public programs 


  • All the benefits of Wentletrap Level

  • PLUS free admission to over 1,100 North American museums and attractions in the NARM network

  • Two (total) free additional guests per Museum visit


  • All the benefits of Golden Olive Level

  • Three (total) free additional guests per Museum visit


  • All the benefits of Lion Paw Level

  • Four (total) free additional guests per Museum visit


  • All the benefits of Junonia Level

  • A private tour of the Museum and behind-the-scenes with the Director and Science Director/Curator for the Member and their guests


  • All the benefits of Lion Paw Level

  • Exclusive programs such as lectures, guided walks, and behind-the-scenes tours

  • Adopt an animal in the Living Gallery, complete with adoption certificate and photo updates

  • Recognition on signage in the Museum

For more information about memberships and other ways to join, please visit our membership information page

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. EIN 59-27755992. Florida Charitable Registration No. CH41078. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. 1-800-HELP-FLA or

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