The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum recently welcomed Robert Kruger to the team as Facility Manager.

Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Robert moved to Southwest Florida in 2005. As Facility Manager, he is responsible for maintaining and improving the building and grounds of the Museum. He will also maintain permanent exhibits in the Great Hall of Shells, help install temporary exhibitions, and assist the Aquarium staff as needed with systems upkeep to ensure exceptional water quality for over 60 species of marine life.

Robert enjoys spending time on Sanibel’s beaches, boating its surrounding waters, and fishing offshore. His favorite part of working at the Museum is the fun, positive atmosphere created by the welcoming staff. He has been inspired by the educational opportunities created for visitors by the Museum’s fascinating marine life.

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About the Museum: The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is a Natural History Museum, and the only museum in the United States devoted solely to 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 60 species of marine life. For more information on the Museum, please visit or call (239) 395-2233.