Museum and gift shop

Learn the compelling story of this beautifully articulated orca named Hope. Engage with interactive displays and videos that explore the human impact on the Salish Sea ecosystem

Visit the Gift Shop! You’ll find unique ornaments made by PTMSC volunteers, locally-sourced gifts, jewelry and more, plus books and PTMSC logo gear.

While you’re in Port Townsend, head downtown to check out our Visitor Center, Store and Gallery, and just a block away you’ll find the Whale on the Wharf!


The Museum and gift shop are located across from the beach and pier at Fort Worden State Park, in beautiful Port Townsend. Our Aquarium is on the pier.


Winter hours
Starting December 2, the Museum will be open by donation.
Saturday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Aquarium will be opening late spring of 2024


The Aquarium is currently closed and will open again in late spring. When both the Museum and Aquarium are open to the public, admission is as follows:

  • $7 Adults
  • $5 Youth (6-17)
  • Free for children (ages 5 and under)

PTMSC members are FREE. Become a member!
Burke Museum members are also free. Please show your membership card at the door.

Plan your visit

  • Allow at least 30 minutes for each of our exhibits at Fort Worden State Park. We hope you’ll stay longer!
  • You can park in the PTMSC/Canteen parking lot if space is available. No Discover Pass is required. You can park there as long as you are visiting us.
  • Parking elsewhere at the beach requires a State Park Discover Pass. These can be purchased at the kiosks across from the Museum. The annual pass is $30, and the day-use pass is $10. State Park Free Days are listed here.
  • Bathrooms are located in the building next to the Museum. There are no bathrooms in the Aquarium or the Museum.
  • It’s quite cold in the Aquarium year round. Please dress appropriately.

Private group visits – on days we’re not open to the public, we offer private group visits to the Aquarium and Museum

  • Appropriate for all ages
  • $10/person
  • 10 person / $100 minimum

Contact Gabriele Sanchez, programs manager, for more information about availability and pricing:

School field trips – are you bringing a school group to Fort Worden and looking for classes and programs that offer unique hands-on experiences in the marine sciences? 
Learn more about what we offer for this school year!

If you have questions about the schedules for the public exhibits and store, please call 360-385-5582 or email

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