Shells: The Elegant Armor of Mollusks

 The Elegant Armor of Mollusks

November 17, 2016 - March 18, 2017

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, proudly announces the premiere of its upcoming exhibition Shells: The Elegant Armor of Mollusks, on display from November 17 - March 18, 2017. This exhibition will open on Thursday, November 17, at 6 pm, with a free public lecture by Texas A&M Professor, Dr. Mary Wicksten.

Dr. Wicksten will discuss the biological stories behind the amazing shells and other items on display, and give visitors an entertaining introduction to the animals that create such elegant armor. Following her talk, guests are invited to an opening reception featuring wine, appetizers, and gallery viewing.

This fascinating exhibit highlights the Museum’s own collection of exquisite shells, with many of them on display for the first time.  Stunning shells are artistically displayed along with rare books, fossil shells, artifacts, images, beautiful jewelry, and more.  Explore the biology and history of mollusks, while enjoying this exclusive display created in-house with the assistance of Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) Biodiversity Research and Teach Collections; Cushing Memorial Library and Archives; and the Conservation Research Laboratory.  Other partners include: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department; Brazos Valley African American Museum; and David Gardner’s Jewelers.

Dr. Mary Wicksten

A professor in the Biology Department at TAMU, Dr. Wicksten also serves as curator of the TAMU Collection of Marine Invertebrates, over 40,000 lots of specimens. She has published 135 scientific papers on marine life, a monograph on the crabs, shrimps, and lobsters of California; and the book, Vertical Reefs: Life on Oil and Gas Platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. A National Fellow of the Explorers Club, she has participated in expeditions to the Galapagos Islands, New Guinea, and numerous locations in the Caribbean and Pacific. She is a participant in the TAMU scientific diving program and has logged over 1350 hours underwater.

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is committed to promoting science, and cultural and natural history with the integration of art in exhibits and educational programs. This exhibit was made possible in part through Hotel Tax Revenue funded from the City of College Station & the city of Bryan through the Arts Council of Brazos Valley. The Museum is open to visitors Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am-5 pm.  For more information about this adult program, exhibits and other displays, events, programs and activities, please contact the Museum at 979-776-2195, visit them on the web at, or follow them on Facebook. Regular Museum Admission fees: adults $5; seniors/students/children $4; members and children 3 and under are free.