Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
- Type: Museums
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is small but packs quite a punch. In just a few choice exhibits, you'll be able to learn more about any sea treasures you might have uncovered at the nearby seashore. Popular exhibits include the sailors' valentines (19th century shell art that Bajan women designed for area sailors to take home to loved ones), the shell classification wheel (where you can positively identify Southwest Florida shells) and the life-size models that depict what life was like for the Native Calusa Floridians that once lived near the Southwest Gulf up until the 18th century.
One Yelp.com writer describes this museum as one of Sanibel's must-sees: "Beautiful place, great shells, and inspirational sailors' valentines!!!" Meanwhile, a TripAdvisor user says Bailey-Matthews exceeds expectations, with "shells from all over the world, not just Florida."
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission ranges from $4 to $7, dependent on age; children ages four and younger can enter for free. Visit the official website for further details.