Aquarium, Museum & Gift Shop

We're ready to show you everything from the marine life in our tanks to the orca skeleton hanging above our heads. And we've made some changes to keep you safe! We are following all Washington State and Jefferson Co. Covid-19 health and safety guidance as we reopen to the public. Please review the info below to help you plan your visit.

Our Covid-19 precautions follow guidance from Washington State and Jefferson County.

New Hours: The exhibits and the gift shop are open Saturday-Sunday, from 12- 5pm.
Space is limited. You will need to make a reservation.

To Visit the Aquarium and Museum

Make your online reservation. Reservations are required for all visitors, including members. Once you've read the following information, just click on the 'Book Your Visit' button below. Each hour slot includes 30 minutes in our Aquarium (on the pier) followed by 30 minutes in our Museum (on the shore).

Admission: Regular admission is $7 for adults, $5 for youth 6-17, and free for children 5 and under. PTMSC Members are free. Become a member. Burke Museum members are free. Reservations are required for everyone. Please show your membership card at the door. Thank you!

Your household group of up to 8 members, can enjoy our 2 exhibit buildings for a half hour each. 

Please start at the Aquarium at your scheduled time. To keep capacity at safe levels, your visit must end on schedule.

The Aquarium’s touch pools will be open for viewing only - no touching is permitted.

Important things to know for your visit: the Aquarium is not heated so dress accordingly. None of our exhibits have bathrooms. The nearest bathroom is part of the Canteen building, on shore.

You can cancel or reschedule up to 1 hour prior to your appointment. If you fail to show without canceling, a fee of $10 may be charged.

On the day of your scheduled visit, if you or a member of your group are feeling ill or have been in contact with someone who has exhibited symptoms of COVID 19,  please contact us at 360-385-5582 X123 or email to reschedule or request a refund.

To Visit the Gift Shop
One family group, up to 5, at a time is able be in the gift shop.
When you arrive, staff will let you know when to enter. Reservations are not required to visit the gift shop.

COVID-19 precautions for all visitors to the Exhibits and the Gift Shop

Masks are required, and must be worn covering nose and mouth, during your visit. This is per State of WA COVID-19 guidelines. All visitors over the age of 2 must wear a mask.

Hand washing is required on entry. Hand-washing stations are available at both buildings.

All visitors must book in advance, group sizes are limited to up to 8 people from the same household.

Exhibits and public spaces are cleaned and sanitized regularly

Some interactives have been modified, disabled or removed to reduce the potential spread of germs.

Visiting from outside of Washington State? Please follow Washington's current guidelines for quarantining before your scheduled visit.

Social Distancing is still required. Please maintain a safe, minimal distance of 6 ft.between yourself and anyone not of your household.

COVID-19 Screening:  All visitors are requested to answer self-screening health questions before entering. These are posted outside each building.

Our staff will provide more guidance upon arrival so that we can all enjoy a safe and educational experience on your visit!

If you have questions, please call 360-385-5582 x123 or email


We have missed you and look forward to inspiring conservation of the Salish Sea! 


Two Exhibit Buildings

Aquarium (on pier)

Discover the nearshore habitats of the Salish Sea in our aquarium featuring local fish and invertebrate species. 

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.

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