Shell Museum | Sanibel, Salt & the Sea
The Shell Museum on Sanibel Island in Florida is one for the books. My boyfriend and I were driving through the two islands, Sanibel & Captiva, when the name popped up alluringly on the side of the road. I shouted at M. to stop the car and so we entered. Me excited and him with a minor heart attack.
First things first: I don’t know anything about shells. I know them from the beaches like everybody else of course, but this is as far as my knowledge went. I thought it intriguing to know a bit more about something so everyday as a sea shell.
The first thing I noticed was how nice the staff was. They were very helpful and cute in every way. Apart from the exhibits there were also talks and videos available on a regular basis, but unfortunately we didn’t have time for any of them.
The Shell Museum is one of those places that is equally as interesting for kids as it is for adults and vice versa.It is easy to grasp, interesting and there are some longer texts for some more in depth knowledge if wanted.
We were both fascinated! Did you know for example, that shells were used as currency? I apologize if that is common knowledge, but I didn’t know that. Or why are shells washed ashore? Don’t think things like these are trivial. I enjoy it greatly, when your eyes are opened towards seemingly self-evident facts.
The museum is full to the brim with specimens of different shapes and sizes, colors and wow-factor. Extremely cool and inspiring!