Event Name: Understanding and Curating Your Shell Collection
Location: Museum
Event Date: Tuesday, 12/7/2021
Event Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Purchase Deadline: Tuesday, 12/7/2021 2:00 PM

Note: This is a Two-Part class. Sessions will be held Tuesday, December 7th AND Thursday, December 9th.

Instructors: Dr. José H. Leal, Science Director and Curator, and Rebecca Mensch, MS, Senior Marine Biologist

The first session of this two-part course will introduce shell collections, their merit, and address ideal collection organization and maintenance. This will be followed by practical considerations on curating and maintaining your personal shell collection, and how to maximize their value, both from the monetary and scientific points of view. The second session will entail hands-on curating of your own collection with professional materials and expert staff available to guide you and answer questions. Students will gain the tools necessary to properly care for and document their personal collection. Helpful for estate planning.


Materials: Students are encouraged to bring several (~10 - 20) of their own shells, local and non-local, with corresponding collecting data. The Museum will have shells available for students that do not provide their own. Other materials (archival pens, acid free paper, collection bags) will be provided by the Museum and are included in the cost of the course.


Prerequisites: None. Working knowledge of shell identification is useful, but not required.


Cost: $125 ($100 for Museum Members) 

Please know that memberships will be verified for discounted rate at check in.



Ticket: Price: Quantity:
Adult Education Classes$125.00
Adult Education Classes - Member$100.00