Explore our Marine and Natural History Exhibits
On the pier, our Marine Exhibit has touch pools and aquaria where you'll get to know the diverse fish and invertebrates living below the surface in Port Townsend Bay and Admiralty Inlet. In our Natural History Exhibit you can delve into its history—its ancient marine life and the forces that shaped its landscape.
Visit our Marine Exhibit for a hands-on experience with local, live animals in aquariums and touch tanks. Next, venture to the Natural History Exhibit where scientific investigation and conservation are featured. Using interactive games and videos, learn about the orca named Hope, and the role that humans play in the Salish Sea ecosystem.
Be sure to visit our new exhibit, Learning from Orcas—the Story of Hope. Hope is one of only six fully-articulated Orca skeletons in the United States.
Spring | Friday – Sunday | 12-5 pm
Summer | Daily except Tuesdays | 11 am - 5 pm
Fall | Friday – Sunday | 12-5pm
Winter | Friday – Sunday | 12-5 pm Natural History Exhibit only
Adults $5 | Kids $3 | Members FREE
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 Natural History and Marine Exhibits. The cost per person for private groups is $5. 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.