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Shell museum project pushing forward

August 21, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum recently provided an update on its renovation project, showcasing a picture looking out from the new second floor - with its opened-up vaulted ceiling - to what will be the two-story glass atrium. It also highlighted a shot of the the columns that will form the bases of the new aquariums. Officials reported that aquariums full of water (and mollusks) weigh a lot. (A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.) This means that the aquariums will need a lot of support. In addition to the columns, the concrete floor underneath has been super-reinforced for added support. A chilled-water loop will run to each aquarium to keep the animals at just the right temperature, which required the addition of electrical service. The museum is scheduled to reopen in a limited capacity, while the aquariums are set to open in early 2020. The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is at 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel.

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