Learn More About Local Shells


The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel has introduced a new daily exhibit tour to its lineup, and the spotlight will be on the local shells of Southwest Florida.

Great Hall Spotlights guided tours take place at 3pm on the second floor in the Great Hall of Shells, a gallery of over 35 exhibits of shells, mollusks, and ecosystems they inhabit. Through Great Hall Spotlights, visitors learn more about local shells of Southwest Florida and their habitats, shells from around the world, world record-breaking-sized shells, and little-recognized micromollusks. Tour content varies each day and guests are encouraged to visit frequently to enjoy them all.

Great Hall Spotlights tours complement other experiential programs including the Giant Pacific Octopus Keeper Chats (11am daily) and Queen of the Sea Keeper Chats (2pm daily) that take place in the Museum’s Beyond Shells Living Gallery and aquariums. Great Hall Spotlights and Keeper Chats are included in the cost of admission.

“Guide-led dialogues enable visitors to more deeply experience the Museum as they learn from our experts about the shells on display and animals in our care,” said Sam Ankerson, Executive Director of the National Shell Museum.