Aquarium & Museum Exhibits

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!

Online Reservation Visiting hours are Friday-Sunday from 12-4 pm 
Each hour hour slot includes 30 minutes in our Aquarium (on pier) followed by 30 minutes in our Museum (on shore). 

Admission by donation. During this time of restrictions due to Covid-19, we have instituted an admission by donation policy to make admission accessible to all. Pay what you will at the door. Our regular admission is $7 for adults, $4 for youth 6-17, and free for children 5 and under. We appreciate what you are able to donate. Thank you!

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.
Your household group, of up to 5 visitors, 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. 
Hand washing is required on entry. A hand-washing station is available.
The Aquarium’s touch pools will be open for viewing only—no touching is permitted.

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

Please sign up for your date and time today--slots will definitely fill up! 

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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