We Thank You for your support!

For over three decades, the Port Townsend Marine Science Center has inspired thousands of visitors of all ages to care for the marine environment – beginning with the beaches of Port Townsend Bay, extending to the near shore environment, and now encompassing the Salish Sea. During this time, the Center has matured to be a highly regarded educational and scientific organization devoted to understanding and conserving our marine and shoreline environment. The Center engages our curiosity, brings us face to face (or hand to tentacle!) with remarkable creatures, and encourages us to participate in important policy decisions.

With a staff of eight, an engaged board of directors, and more than 335 volunteers, the Port Townsend Marine Science Center touches more than 24,000 people per year. Over the past three decades, it has managed its resources wisely and earned the support of major funders and more than 600 members each year. Please join us!

PTMSC is a 501(c)(3) organization as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. Perhaps you are interested in contributing at one of the levels described below, or you might consider contributing through one of our Planned Giving Options.

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Your Marine Science Center membership and donations support life-changing educational programs, nurture marine animals, and drive vital scientific research.

Membership $50 (tax deductible)

~ One-year free admission for three generations of family members
~ Invitation to the annual Party on the Pier and other member-only events
~ Special rates and early access to Camps, Wildlife Cruises, and select programs
~ 10% discount on all gift shop merchandise
~ Reciprocal membership privileges at Burke Museum


Donor Circles

Sea Star Donor Circle:
$100 - $249
~ Membership & benefits
~ Two free guest admissions 
~ Donor Appreciation Party

Octopus Donor Circle:
$250 - $499
~ Membership & benefits
~ Four free guest admissions 
~ Donor Appreciation Party 
~ Free Lecture Series admission

Orca Donor Circle: 
~ Membership & benefits
~ Unlimited guest admission 
~ Donor Appreciation Party 
~ Free Lecture Series admission 
~ Private reception with guest lecturer