Membership Information

The easiest way to become a member is to join online. Alternatively, you can also:


What are the benefits of becoming a member?

For starters, you get free admission every time you visit, and a 20% discount in the Museum Store. For the full list of benefits available at each membership level, please see the chart at the bottom of this page.

How do I renew my membership?

We will mail you a notice and a renewal envelope one month before your membership expires. If you haven't gotten one, please call our membership department at 239-395-2233.

How many names can I put on a membership card?

Up to 6 names: 2 adults and 4 children. The names listed are not required for entrance to our Museum, but are required to receive reciprocity from the North American Reciprocal Museums Program (NARM). Children must be under the age of 18 and live in the same household as one of the adults on the card.

When will I get my membership card?

You will receive your membership card within 10 business days of purchase.

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.

How many membership cards will I receive?

You will receive one membership card initially. One more can be created/sent upon request.

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.

How do I receive updates on events and activities at the Museum?

You can stay up-to-date on all Museum happenings by signing up for our email list or following us on Facebook.


Can I transfer my membership to someone else?

No, memberships are non-transferable.

Can I purchase a gift membership for a family member or friend?

Yes! Just let our front desk staff know, and they will take you through the membership process.


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.


What if I lose my membership card?

Call our membership department at 239-395-2233 or email and we will issue you a replacement card.


Does my membership card get me into any other museums?

Yes! If you have a Golden Olive Membership or higher, you will have reciprocal membership in North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM). See the full list here.


Who do I call if I have questions concerning my membership?

Please call the membership department at 239-395-2233 or email


Is my membership payment tax deductible?

Yes. You can deduct Museum membership fees. We are under the 501(c)(3) guidelines to accept donations.

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Levels and benefits effective 7/13/20 and are subject to change without notice.