Corfu Sea Shell Museum

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Location: Benitses
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The Sea Shell Museum of Corfu is housed in a modern building about 2 km before Benitses village, a popular tourist resort in Corfu. This interesting museum is a private initiative of the diver and collector Mr. Napoleon Sagias, who lived in Australia for more than 20 years and returned to his homeland, Corfu, in 1989. Then, having a large collection of seashells and fish fossils, he decided to open this museum, which is now managed by his family.

During the diving adventures of Mr. Sagias in the Pacific and the Indian Ocean, he obtained a large collection of shells, fossils, sponges, corals, stuffed fish, sharks and shark teeth, lobsters, crabs, sea urchins, snakes of the sea and many other interesting pieces that are now exhibited in the museum.

The most expensive and rare shell of the museum is the Cypraea fultoni shell, whose price has been estimated at 22,000 USD. Visitors can also see a Tridacna gigas (Giant clam), which weighs 65 kg, and Haliotis iris, the most beautiful shell in the world, that can be found in New Zealand. In September 1998, the Italian Research Institute IREDA awarded the Corfu Shell Museum for its work.

How to get there

The Sea Shell Museum is located in Benitses Village.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 26610 39911, 0030 693 484 3704, or 0030 694 726 6811, or booking your taxi online.

Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Sea Shell Museum and many other points of interest in Corfu at their own pace.

Public transport: The central bus station of the island is located at Corfu Town. There are several buses from Corfu Town to Benitses during the day. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.



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