A woman enjoying art at a gallery on Sanibel Island

5 Art Galleries in Captiva Island

Captiva Island is an island in Lee County Florida. Known as one of the top golf towns in the US, it’s a popular vacation destination for anyone that enjoys outdoorsy active type holiday escapes.

But it’s also nice to mix the outdoor fun up with some indoor attractions. The area’s many art galleries are the solution for one of your sunny day stays in our Sanibel Island beachfront rentals. Our vacation rental coordination service recommends these five art galleries that are worth a visit on and near Captiva Island.

2 Islands Gallery

A person enjoying an art gallery on Sanibel Island
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The 2 Islands Gallery is a fantastic starting point for your gallery crawl. With a whimsical and quirky vibe, it is a fabulous place to peruse jewelry, pottery, and decorative baskets. If you are looking to take something with you back from your travels, this is your best option to get something made by a local artisan. Everyone likes to bring back gifts for their loved ones, and the 2 Islands Gallery is a great place to start.

Jungle Drum Gallery

The Jungle Drum Gallery is a mashup of wildlife and environmental art. The Jungle Drums Gallery began in 1989 with a simple goal: a commitment to present the best in wildlife and coastal art. Not only is the gallery visually stimulating, but it also forces the viewer to be aware of their impact on the environment around them. If you are looking to view the animals native to the area, this is a great gallery to attend. When you purchase art at the Jungle Drums gallery, you’re actually helping the environment thrive. Looking to contribute to a good cause while also perusing local art? Then the Jungle Drum Gallery is exactly what you are looking for.

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is the only museum in the United States entirely devoted to shells and the mollusks that make them. The museum not only exhibits shell found in Sanibel Island but also from around the entire world. They are a natural history museum that increases the knowledge of, and appreciation for, mollusks and shells through their collections, programs, and experiences to inspire learning in others. The national shell museum looks to connect people to the natural world through their love of shells and the wonderful animals that created them. The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is not only a great place to look at natural art, but a place to learn more about each of these creatures and their native ecosystems. The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is a great place to bring the whole family.

Tower Gallery

Tower Gallery is an art cooperative with twenty-three artists who utilize oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, ceramics, woods, glass and metal practices. The gallery exists in a Florida Cottage, with craftsman elements, that was originally built on the Gulf in 1915. The gallery space is large, well lit and inviting to all those who come to visit. With a wide variety of new artists inhabiting the space at all times, it is always a place that one can come back to for repeat visits.

Aldo Castillo Gallery

The Aldo Castillo Gallery is the leading international art curator with an over thirty-year experience in curation. Aldo Castillo himself has received multiple awards over the years and has his portfolio included in 350 international art exhibits. If you are looking to a more elevated art experience on your trip to Captiva Island. Your first stop is the Aldo Castillo art gallery.

Whether it is the sophisticated work of the Aldo Castillo Gallery or the eco-centric nature of the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, there is a style of art that will appeal to everyone in your travel group. You really owe it to yourself to check out any of these six galleries when you come for your next vacation. Check out our Captiva Island rentals for an experience you won’t soon forget.

Contact us at Gopher Enterprises for more on our available North Captiva Island rentals. Visit our website regularly for a rotating list of featured rental complexes on Sanibel Island.