Vacation Guide to Southwest Florida

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum


The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is located on Sanibel Island about midway on Sanibel-Captiva Road. Here you will find a large collection of shells from around the world. The Museum also displays various uses of shells, such as furniture and artwork. A slide show is presented several times a day. The Children’s Learning Lab is a hands-on exhibit with a live shell tank and games. The Museum also houses a library containing an extensive collection of scientific and popular books, scientific journals, and shell-club newsletters from around the world. You’ll find a wide variety of shell-related items for purchase at the Museum gift shop.

Official Website

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

Appearing: June 24th thru 27th, 2021


3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33967




Nature Preserve - Attraction


In Sanibel Mid-island on Sanibel-Captiva Road

Location Map & Directions

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Area Information

Sanibel and Captiva Islands

Sanibel Island is a short ride from Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach, running east-west into the Gulf of Mexico. This unique position results in Sanibel being a top shelling destination. Where Sanibel Island ends, the land shifts north and Captiva Island begins. Upscale Sanibel and Captiva Islands have a lush, tropical ambiance. Here you’ll find pristine, quiet beaches and, along Periwinkle Way, intimate settings for boutique shopping and a variety of dining options. The J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge takes up about 7,000 acres of Sanibel Island – a haven for Florida wildlife. You can also enjoy a variety of sightseeing boat cruises. For more information, please see our Sanibel-Captiva Visitor Guide.