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Philadelphia Shell Show and Festival Oct. 17 and 18

PHILADELPHIA, September 29, 2015

Thousands of shells will be on display and for sale at the Philadelphia Shell Show and Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17 and 18, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.


The largest show of its kind in the Northeast, the annual shell show features competitive displays by collectors and amateur scientists and an international shell market of many different kinds of shells, shell jewelry, shell books, shell knickknacks, and more. Visitors also can enjoy live animal shows, learn about the anatomy of sea creatures by watching a dissection, and sift through a sandy beach for shells to take home.


Presented with the Philadelphia Shell Club, the show is free with regular museum admission and takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Here are some of the highlights; for more visit

  • Examine slimy slugs and shiny shells up close and explore the microscopic world of live specimens with high-tech digital cameras. 
  • Watch an Academy scientist dissect real sea creatures and learn about the anatomy of animals adapted to live in water. Peek under an urchin’s spines and check out what’s inside a clamshell.
  • On the stage at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.: Meet some of the Academy’s live animals and learn what you can do to help their wild cousins.
  • On the stage at 1 p.m.: See live snails and slugs in high definition and on the big screen and learn the vital role they play in nature.
  • On Saturday only, talk with an artist and see the beautiful Hawaiian craft of making leis with museum-quality shells.
  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Academys Malacology Collection of 10 million shells, the third largest collection of its kind ithworld.
  • Bring your favorite shells to the museum and ask the experts to identify them.
  • Using real shells and modeling clay, make your own mollusk to take home.

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