5. Gem-Quality Shells

An image of shells from the mollusc shell display

J. F. Driscoll Family Stair of Wonders

Between Levels 2 & 3

Take the exit to your left and walk straight ahead to take the Stairs of Wonder elevators down one floor to level 2. As you come out of the elevator and turn right towards the Dino gallery, the gem-quality shells are up a flight of stairs to your right.

This display features 110 gem-quality mollusc shells. Each of these shells represents the life’s work of a mollusc such as a snail, clam, chiton, or nautilus.

Cool Fact

Molluscs are one of the oldest and most diverse groups of animals in the world, with about 100,000 species that we know of and at least another 100,000 species just waiting to be discovered.

About the Gallery

The “cabinets of curiosities” along the J.F. Driscoll Family Stair of Wonders feature more than 1,000 historical or scientific artifacts from the Museum’s extensive collections.

More Gallery Highlights

  • World-class Paperweights
  • Insects

5. Gem-Quality Shells

An image of shells from the mollusc shell display

J. F. Driscoll Family Stair of Wonders

Between Levels 2 & 3

Take the exit to your left and walk straight ahead to take the Stairs of Wonder elevators down one floor to level 2. As you come out of the elevator and turn right towards the Dino gallery, the gem-quality shells are up a flight of stairs to your right.

This display features 110 gem-quality mollusc shells. Each of these shells represents the life’s work of a mollusc such as a snail, clam, chiton, or nautilus.

Cool Fact

Molluscs are one of the oldest and most diverse groups of animals in the world, with about 100,000 species that we know of and at least another 100,000 species just waiting to be discovered.

About the Gallery

The “cabinets of curiosities” along the J.F. Driscoll Family Stair of Wonders feature more than 1,000 historical or scientific artifacts from the Museum’s extensive collections.

More Gallery Highlights

  • World-class Paperweights
  • Insects

5. Gem-Quality Shells

An image of shells from the mollusc shell display

J. F. Driscoll Family Stair of Wonders

Between Levels 2 & 3

Take the exit to your left and walk straight ahead to take the Stairs of Wonder elevators down one floor to level 2. As you come out of the elevator and turn right towards the Dino gallery, the gem-quality shells are up a flight of stairs to your right.

This display features 110 gem-quality mollusc shells. Each of these shells represents the life’s work of a mollusc such as a snail, clam, chiton, or nautilus.

Cool Fact

Molluscs are one of the oldest and most diverse groups of animals in the world, with about 100,000 species that we know of and at least another 100,000 species just waiting to be discovered.

About the Gallery

The “cabinets of curiosities” along the J.F. Driscoll Family Stair of Wonders feature more than 1,000 historical or scientific artifacts from the Museum’s extensive collections.

More Gallery Highlights

  • World-class Paperweights
  • Insects