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Port Townsend Marine Science Center

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Opens in 10 min: 12:00 - 17:00
Open today: 12:00 - 17:00
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The best touch tanks in the nation

The aquarium and history museum are full of indigenous marine Critters and lots of opportunity for... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2018
Linda M
Port Townsend, Washington
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The touch tanks are truly an interesting find. It is amazing to experience how fast the sea... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2018
Diane S
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Founded in 1982, the Port Townsend Marine Science Center is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea. We provide place-based, people powered, hands-on learning for all ages including youth...more
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Fort Worden State Park, 532 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368
+1 360-385-5582
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Reviewed 12 October 2018

I'm not exactly sure how to describe this place. It just had a dreary feel to it.....everything from the color of the buildings, to the front desk, to the room itself. The folks at the front desk were very nice....but the facility itself is old...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

The aquarium and history museum are full of indigenous marine Critters and lots of opportunity for exploring and research on one's own. The touch tanks are especially inviting, with diverse sea stars, anemones, fish, and a very amusing octopus. Families could spend a full day...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Linda M
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

The touch tanks are truly an interesting find. It is amazing to experience how fast the sea anemones can close. Although this is a small aquarium it is well worth the visit. The tanks display Pacific Northwest sea creatures and fish. The docents are very...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Diane S
Reviewed 25 August 2018

I'm a museum buff, and this small place has a lot of punch. It has two venues, whose emphases are the sea and the land that faces the sea. Although the biggest and most important exhibit in the natural history exhibit is about an orca...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 6 August 2018

This small aquarium shows sea life at its best. The displays are Excellent and fun for little ones as you can touch the creatures. Then, if you are lucky, and out exploring the beaches at low tide you will see some of these amazing animals...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 6 August 2018

We were pleasantly surprised by the diversity of animals the children and adults were allowed to touch. The docents were knowledgeable and friendly. We would go back again whenever in the area.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Colleen L
Reviewed 8 July 2018

GREAT exhibit with lots of anemones and starfish and fish, nearly all at kid-level to encourage interaction. My granddaughters especially loved seeing the live flounder moving through the water. They are 3 and 4 years old and were fascinated.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank elphaba24
Reviewed 2 July 2018

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is the perfect place to duck into for some hands-on adventure. Pet a star fish any one? Tickle and anemone? The VERY knowledgeable staff and volunteers will spend lots of one on one time with your group and walk...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank ParktonRita
Reviewed 28 June 2018

This unassuming center at Fort Worden state park in Pt. Townsend, WA, is packed with amazing hands-on exhibits that provide you with such an impactful perspective on the marine life of the area. Friendly, knowledgeable docents; great value. Will definitely visit again.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank KathyOBJ
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

What a gem this place is for the little ones in your life. The docents are friendly and helpful and the touch tanks for the kids are amazing. My grandkids did not want to leave!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Jan W
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