Shell museum (Le musée du coquillage)
As an Archipelago, Guadeloupe has an important marine life. For instance, there is a variety of beautiful shells in Guadeloupe beaches. Here is an introduction to the Associative Shell museum located in Pointe-Noire Township (Basse-Terre Island)
The passionate owners Mr and Mrs Desjardins will be delighted to welcome you in a charming wooden house. During the visit, you will discover over 2500 species of shells from Guadeloupe Archipelago but also from all around the world. At first, you will find out more about a wide range of 400-million-year-old fossils that are basically the shells ancestors. Then, you will learn more about local species from Guadeloupe Archipelago as well as from other continents.
The beauty of those sea jewelleries is breathtaking as they are diversified in terms of colour, shape or size. Once again, local artists have shown their creativity by creating multiple decorative objects and jewelleries composed of shells. You will be able to see all of these artistic pieces when going to the boutique that has also instructive books on shells.
The last part of the visit will be in the library where you will get the opportunity to see documentaries on different shells from all over the globe.
The museum works in partnership with the National Park of Guadeloupe Archipelago and is member of a local association that is increasing awareness of eco-tourism.
Don’t miss out another fascinating site of Guadeloupe Archipelago when passing by Basse-Terre Island. Before leaving, you will get insightful information about how to protect the terrestrial and marine wildlife of the archipelago.
Here are the details to access the museum:
Opening hours: The museum is open every day from 9.30am to 1pm and 2.30pm to 6pm from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, you will need to book an appointment.
Fares: Adults: 5€ / Children from 6 to 12 years old: 2€
97116 POINTE NOIRE
Phone number: 05 90 98 69 37