WILMINGTON, NC September 13, 2013 – The state’s annual gathering of shell collectors, exhibitors and enthusiasts returns to Cape Fear Museum of History and Science September 28th and 29th.
The 2013 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 Maine to Florida will install museum-quality displays and compete for ribbons, trophies and bragging rights.
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 feature scientific and arts-and-crafts exhibits in more than 20 categories, from North Carolina collections and single shells, to molluscan natural history and shell photography. Rare, beautiful, large, tiny, freshwater, saltwater, shell anomalies and fossils will fill several spaces within the Museum, including the lobby.
Experience the largest gathering of shell collections in North Carolina on Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 29 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
On Saturday, September 28, the whole family can explore ocean science in the Learning Center from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Learn what an aquanaut is and why the estuary is called the “ocean’s nursery.” Examine local shells and learn about North Carolina’s state shell. Find out why starfish are not fish at all! Use various magnification tools to examine sea life up close.
The 2013 North Carolina Shell Show is free with Museum admission. For more information, call 910.798.4368.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a department of New Hanover County, is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday September through May. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 6-17; and free for children under 6. Museum members are admitted free. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. The Museum is located at 814 Market Street in historic downtown Wilmington, N.C. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.