Instant shell identification using your phone’s camera. Full color shell guide. Learn from museum experts about shells.

The Shell Museum App can identify most common shells found on Southwest Florida beaches using your cell phone. Now you can learn about the shells you find while you’re at the beach, simply by snapping a picture! In addition, the App provides an extensive shell guide with many images and descriptions of these same shells.

The Shell Museum App, created by the Nation’s leading shell experts at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is a revolutionary shell identification tool to help you instantly identify more than 65 common shells found on Southwest Florida Beaches. And, the app allows you to learn more about each species from the in-depth guide.

From an initial set of over 35,000 shell images, the Shell Museum App uses deep learning and artificial intelligence to learn how to identify Southwest Florida shells. And, you can help it learn! Every photo you submit makes the Shell Museum App better by adding to its growing knowledge of shells.

Shell Museum App Features:

Identify Shells with Your Phone Camera
• Open the Shell Museum app, snap a photo, and find out the name of your shell in seconds
• Learn more details about the shell and see photos of the living animal that created it!

Browse a full color shell guide right on your phone
• See full color photos of most common Southwest Florida Shells
• Easily search for a particular shell with either a visual search or by typing part of the name

Follow the Daily Activities at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
• Get information on Beach Walks and daily Tank Talks
• Make reservations for upcoming activities
• Learn about special events and programs

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

tresource ,

Crazy Cool App!!!

We have jars and jars of shells we have collected and identifying them is great fun. And to think that we may be teaching the App with the photos we are taking. I hope someone is monitoring the choices we are making. Crazy Cool App!

It doesn’t know what a sand dollar is. Suggest it allow for submittals of new species for consideration.

Excellent. Well done!

Mydig ,


The i love shelling website has many more photos of shells to work with for free. The photo identifier did not work for the shell I was trying to identify. I tried two more common shells and it did not work. The possible choices that it generates were not even close which makes me doubt its ability to work.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your feedback. Your $1.99 purchase helps fund the important mission of the Shell Museum.

In the initial release, the app is only trained to identify and display the 60 most common shells of Sanibel beaches. Hopefully in future versions we can expand this to include additional shells.

msryiz ,

Cool App

It identified so many of my shells I found on Sanibel Island today! I’m sure I will use it often.


Shell Museum and Educational Foundation, Inc.
141.8 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2019 Shell Museum and Educational Foundation, Inc.


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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