The Museum has a very rich and varied collection from all parts of the world. Although shells from India's seashores constitute a substantial part the collection the museum has a very sizable number of specimens from all over. One can find in the Museum shells from seas like Australian/Zealandic, Caribbean, Californian, Peruvian, Mediterranean, Carolinian, North Atlantic, Patagonian, South African, Panamic, Indo-Pacific and Japonic. It thus has shells from seas around North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
of seashells are termed as common, uncommon and rare depending on their
surviving population. The Museum has a very large number of uncommon and
rare shells as well. From gastropoda to bivalvia, from the largest to
some of the smallest (one needs a magnifying glass to see the details),
from the most colourful to the completely drab, from most intricately
architectured to the plainest-looking, from the most common to the most
rare and uncommon- the Museum has specimens of all kinds. It also has
the largest gastropoda- 'the Australian Trumpet' from the Australian region
and the largest bivalvia- 'The Giant Clam' from the Indian Ocean. 'The
Glory of India' from the rare variety and the 'The Great Indian Chank',
indispensable to ablutions and celebrations are from amongst the prized
possessions of the Museum.