Aquarium & Museum Exhibits

COVID-19 Response




Gift Shop & Museum Pop Up OPEN

Fridays through Mondays

1 - 4 p.m.

We invite you to support PTMSC by visiting the Museum gift shop, NOW OPEN Friday-Monday from 1-4 pm. And on your way to the gift shop, check out the Museum Pop Up in the portico: a rotating space where PTMSC staff and interns have been showing off their favorite parts of the PTMSC collection!

We are, of course, following all COVID-19 precautions. Masks and pre-screening are required for staff and visitors, a hand-washing station is provided at entry, payment is by credit card only and contact-less, and only one household group at a time is allowed in the gift shop.

See you soon!



While Governor Inslee has approved a first step of opening State Parks as of Tuesday, May 5th for outside day-use only, the Port Townsend Marine Science Center remains CLOSED per closure orders (except for Gift Shop and Museum Pop Up, now OPEN Fridays through Mondays 1 - 4 p.m.)

Check back here for updates regarding the museum and aquarium reopening schedule. 

In the meantime, we have some really fun and interesting online resources for you at

Our first priority is the health and well being of our PTMSC guests, volunteers, employees and community.
As such we are monitoring the situation carefully and are committed to doing what we can to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

At this time, the Museum and Aquarium are CLOSED (except for Gift Shop and Museum Pop Up, now OPEN Fridays through Mondays 1 - 4 p.m.)
Programs are cancelled.

Facilities like the Port Townsend Marine Science Center are identified for potential opening in Phase 3 of the Governor's Safe Start plan for reopening.
We are considering opening if it fits with Jefferson County Public Health directives for Phase 3 which have yet to be determined. 
Staff are working from home.

Here are two websites for reference:
Jefferson County Public Health Website
Washington State Department of Health - Coronavirus


Two Exhibit Buildings

Aquarium (on pier)

Discover the nearshore habitats of the Salish Sea in our aquarium featuring local fish and invertebrate species. View plankton through a microscope! Touch an anemone! Help with feedings on Saturday afternoons through the summer season. 

Museum (on shore)

Learn the compelling story of an orca named Hope, one of only six fully articulated orca whale skeletons on display in the United States. Engage with interactive displays and videos that explore the human impact on the Salish Sea eco-system. 


Our Location

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is located in Fort Worden State Park, in the city of Port Townsend, Washington. We are less than a mile from Point Wilson, which marks the the northeast corner of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, where Puget Sound meets the Strait of Juan De Fuca.

Fort Worden State Park has over two miles of saltwater shoreline shoreline lined with glacial bluffs and sand and cobble beaches. A wide variety of other services are available in this historic 19th century fort, including group residency, vacation housing and conference facilities.


Fort Worden Park Map
(PDF file)

Driving Directions 

If you're coming from the east, you'll take a ferry across Puget Sound. Ferry schedules are available from Washington State Ferries.

From Seattle, take either the Seattle/Bainbridge Island ferry or the Edmonds/ Kingston ferry. From the ferry, follow signs to the Hood Canal Floating Bridge. Continue across Hood Canal on SR104 to the Port Townsend/Port Ludlow turnoff, which will bring you into Port Townsend. 

From Whidbey Island take the Keystone/Port Townsend ferry directly into to town.

Upon arrival in Port Townsend, you'll come into town on Sims Way. At the second traffic light turn left onto Kearney St. When you reach Blaine St. turn right and then immediately left onto Walker St. Stay on Walker (its name will change to Cherry Street) until you arrive at the Fort Worden gate.

Drive into the park, and at the 4-way stop turn right toward the water. When you reach the stop sign at the edge of the bluff, turn left and drive down the hill. You'll see the Aquarium out on the pier. Just beyond the pier, the second building to the left of the road is the Museum.


Large Groups and Private Tours

Large Groups: School groups and other groups of 12 or more people who would like to visit the exhibits during normal operating hours are requested to notify the Marine Science Center in advance of their visit via the “Request a Visit” link below so that we can ensure a hassle-free visitor experience.

If you’d like book a class, you can find more information about our available education programs on the School Programs page.

Private Tours: We are able to accommodate private groups of 10 or more individuals interested in visiting our exhibits outside regular hours on a limited basis. 

Private tours include 30 minutes each in both our Museum and Aquarium buildings. The cost per person for private groups is $5 and covers both buildings. To ensure that we can accommodate your group, please contact us at least a month in advance of your desired tour date, or as soon as possible.

Click Here to Request A Visit 

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