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Griffiths Sea Shell Museum

Lakes Entrance, Australia

This museum is home to one of the largest private collections of seashells in Australia.  


Opened in 1962, Griffiths Sea Shell Museum in Gippsland, Victoria features over 90,000 seashells, making it one of the largest private nautical collections in Australia.

A colorful assortment of cockles, conchs, sea anemones, and abalones are just a fraction of the many thousands of strange and beautiful shells that fill the wall-to-wall display cases. Also in the collection are specimen jars containing curious creatures dredged from the deep, such as angler fish, goblin sharks, a two-headed baby snapper shark, and a rare frilled shark caught off the coast of Gippsland in 2015.

Although a popular tourist destination, the Griffiths Sea Shell Museum has also served as a research facility for the Malacological Society of Australasia, a society dedicated to the study of mollusks. The museum is also closely affiliated with shell clubs across the country.

The museum contains a large gift shop where guests can choose from hundreds of sea shell kitsch souvenirs, such as puka shell mariachi bands and clamshell cats, all of which are hand-made on-site.

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The Griffiths Sea Shell Museum is open seven days a week, 10 am-4 pm. Admission is $8 AUD/adult, $6 AUD/child.

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