The George W. Strake Hall of Malacology displays over 1,300 shell and marine specimens with a focus on ocean conservation.
Shells are undeniably beautiful with cascading colors, various textures and complex patterns, but as HMNS malacology curator Tina Petway reminds us, “This is not just about pretty shells. This is about human’s reliance on the ocean’s resources.”
The Strake Hall of Malacology explains the critical part mollusks play in the ocean’s ecosystem, as well as Earth’s overall ecology. The exhibition also dives into the food and cultural uses of shells.