They come from such exotic locales as Tahiti, Bora Bora, the Philippines, Australia, Thailand, Samoa, Palau, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama.

They’ve been collected, cleaned, transported and identified.

Now these shoreline treasures are ready for display at the Louisiana Malacological Society’s annual Shell Show.

Running Saturday and Sunday at the Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd., the show for the general public is free of charge. The event will, however, offer seashells for sale.

Viewing hours will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.

Many of the shell specimens on display were self-collected by LMS members on club-sponsored trips around the globe. The society also holds monthly meetings with programs focused on shell collecting, identification and reports on collecting trips.

For more information on the show or the society, call (225) 924-5772 or (225) 275-1546.