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. We are following all Washington State and Jefferson Co. Covid-19 health and safety guidance as we reopen to the public to keep you healthy.

Hours: The exhibits and the gift shop are open Saturday-Sunday, from 12- 5pm.

Are you bringing a school group? Click here to request a field trip.

To Visit the Aquarium and Museum

Currently we require all visitors to wear a mask. 
Children under 2 are not required to wear masks.
Building capacity is limited.
Social distancing is encouraged. 

Admission: Regular admission is $7 for adults, $5 for youth 6-17, and free for children 5 and under. Admission to both exhibits is included in these rates and is payable at either building.

PTMSC Members are free. Become a member. Burke Museum members are free. Please show your membership card at the door. Thank you!

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

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.

To Visit the Gift Shop
One family group of up to 6 at a time is able be in the gift shop.
When you arrive, staff will let you know when to enter. 

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

Masks are required for all visitors, staff and volunteers, and must be worn covering nose and mouth, during your visit. 

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

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 Jefferson County's current travel recommendations and requirements.

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

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


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.

Visit the traveling exhibit, "Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home", based on the book of the same name by Lynda Mapes, here until October 31, 2021.


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