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WILMINGTON, N.C. – The state’s 42nd annual gathering of shell collectors, exhibitors and enthusiasts returns to Cape Fear Museum of History and Science September 16 and 17, 2017.

The 2017 North Carolina Shell Show, co-sponsored by the N.C. Shell Club and Cape Fear Museum, will feature hundreds of seashells – remnants of bivalves and gastropods alike – collected far and wide by club members and other exhibitors. Participants from Eastern and Central United States, including New Jersey, South Carolina, Florida and North Carolina will install museum-quality displays.

The general public is encouraged to attend and learn about various aspects of shells and shelling. Shell club members will be on hand throughout the weekend to answer questions. Dealers will be onsite selling shells and shell-related items.

The Shell Show will showcase shells in more than 20 categories, from North Carolina collections and single shells, to mollusk natural history and shell photography. Rare, beautiful, large, tiny, freshwater, saltwater and land snails will fill several spaces within the Museum.

Experience the largest gathering of shell collections in North Carolina on Saturday, September 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 17 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The 2016 North Carolina Shell Show is free for Museum members or with paid admission. For more information, call 910.798.4368.

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is a department of New Hanover County located at 814 Market Street. The Museum is open Tuesday -Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission is free to all museum members. For non-members, general admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $5 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information:


Cape Fear Museum Associates, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that exists to ensure the success of Cape Fear Museum of History and Science. We rely on annual, tax-deductible memberships and donations to help fund exhibitions, educational programs and community awareness. Your support helps preserve the Museum’s 52,000 artifacts and provides opportunities for the 46,000 yearly visitors of all ages to explore the history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear region.