The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum recently announced the launch of two new children-focused educational programs.


The first originated in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast, and is available to any interested Girl Scouts Troop. During the 60-minute program, a Museum Marine Biologist leads a group of up to 8 Girl Scouts and 2 Troop Leaders through the Beyond Shells Living Gallery and provides an introduction to the animals that grow the shells, along with hands-on classroom activities. Girl Scouts earn a Shelling Patch after completion of the program.


The second is the creation of a fun and educational children’s birthday party experience. Partygoers will explore the Living Gallery with a Marine Biologist, and then have access to a private room for shell crafting and celebrating.


For more information or to book a program, visit or contact Kelsey Hausmann at [email protected].


About the Museum: The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is a Natural History Museum, and the only accredited museum in the United States with a primary focus on shells and mollusks. Its mission is to use exceptional collections, aquariums, programs, experiences, and science to be the nation’s leading museum in the conservation, preservation, interpretation, and celebration of shells, the mollusks that create them, and their ecosystems. Permanent exhibitions on view include the Great Hall of Shells which displays highlights of the Museum’s collection of some 550,000 shells, as well as the Beyond Shells living gallery of aquariums and over 50 species of marine life. For more information on the Museum, please visit or call (239) 395-2233.