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Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

Named for two pioneer island families, The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum showcases why Sanibel has earned its reputation as one of the worlds top shelling destinations. The most comprehensive museum in the nation devoted exclusively to shells, it features exhibits illustrating shells from geographical, historical, scientific and artistic perspectives. The museum has been operating for over 20 years and highlights shells from around the globe, as well as the cultural, historical, and culinary facets of them.

Open daily (except major holidays) from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Museum members and children under 5 are admitted free, children 5-11 are $7, youth 12-17 are $9, and adults 18 and older are $15. Group rates and tour information available. 

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