Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

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Anyone who has ever returned home with a pretty seashell from the beach will find something of interest at Sanibel's Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. The Shell Museum is the only one in the United States devoted to amateur and professional conchologists. It houses more than two-million specimens and is constantly growing with new, unidentified species every day. Usually, there is a professional that can help you identify the shell as well as learn about the history and how they form. In the gift shop, adults can buy fossils, shells-in-art, jewelry while the kids have fun in the Children's Learning Lab.

Location:  3075 Sanibel Captiva Road

Business hours:  Su-Sa 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.