Captain Brian Visits The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel

Captain Brian Visits The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel

This week I was off on a rainy day, so I took the opportunity to explore the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel.  I find it amazing all the different uses of seashells from the Cowrie Shell in Africa to the Pacific Cones.  The museum displays are extremely educational and each time I visit the museum I learn something new.  I encourage you to go to the shell museum whether it’s a rainy day or a sunny day.  You can never learn enough about shells.
Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 03:04h, 19 July

    I've only been there one time – I think I need to go again.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 03:06h, 19 July

    It kind of grows on you each time you go.

  • AntKaybe
    Posted at 16:27h, 20 July

    How was the newest display on giant shells? I've been 2 times & still haven't really seen all of what the museum offers. They have a great gift shop. The online Shell ID page from their website is a great resource.

  • Sherri
    Posted at 19:51h, 31 July

    I like your blog! I think my sister and I went on one of your tours once. Sherri and Sharla? We both have red hair?manyway, I need to come back again really soon!