North Carolina Shell Show returns to Cape Fear Museum this weekend is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

Sea cockleshell. Photo courtesy Cape Fear Museum.
Sea cockleshell. (Photo courtesy Cape Fear Museum.)

WILMINGTON – Shell enthusiasts from across the East Coast and Midwest will gather at the Cape Fear Museum this weekend for the 41st Annual North Carolina Shell Show.

The two-day event, co-sponsored by the museum and the North Carolina Shell Club will feature the largest gathering of shell collections in the state. Hundreds of shells, from bivalves to gastropods and freshwater to saltwater, will be showcased by participants from as far away as Kansas, New Jersey and Florida.

Those interested in learning more about shells are invited to attend the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. North Carolina Shell Club members will be around to provide information and answer any questions, and dealers will be selling shells and shell-related items.

The North Carolina Shell Show is free to attend with the purchase of regular museum admission and free for all museum members. General admission to the Cape Fear Museum is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, students and military members who have valid identification, and $5 for children aged 6 to 17. Children aged 5 and under are free.

For more information, visit the Cape Fear Museum’s website or call (910) 798-4368.