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Philadelphia Shell Show Washes Ashore Oct. 27 and 28

PHILADELPHIA, October 1, 2018

Thousands of beautiful and unusual shells from around the world will be on display and for sale when the annual Philadelphia Shell Show washes ashore at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28.


Presented in partnership with the Philadelphia Shell Club, the event is the largest show of its kind in the Northeast and features beautiful, competitive displays on mollusks by collectors, amateur scientists and artists. Visitors can shop at an international shell market packed with jewelry, shells, books and more.


John Whitenight, a Philadelphia collector of antique crafts, will give a talk on “The History of the Art of Shell Work” at 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. He will also showcase some of his own collection of unusual shell artworks.


Members of the Philadelphia Shell Club and the Academy’s Malacology Department, which houses 10 million shells from around the world, will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the magnificent bounty of the seas. And there will be demonstrations of shell trumpet blowing both days.


The Philadelphia Shell Show takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The show and the Whitenight talk are both free with regular museum admission. To purchase tickets at a discount, visit



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