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Marine Animal Discovery Center & Gift Shop

The National Marine Life Center’s Marine Animal Discovery Center and Gift Shop is open from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, 10-5 daily, then weekends through Columbus Day.  We’re also open select days throughout the fall, winter, and spring (Open Houses, February and April School Vacation Weeks).

NMLC’s Marine Animal Discovery Center & Gift Shop is currently CLOSED to the public.
During the 2018-2019 off season, we  will be open to the public on the following days:

  • Monday, October 29, 2018, 3:30-7:30 pm, for Spooky Splash Open House ($5 admission, FREE for members)
  • Friday-Sunday, November 23-25, 2018, 10 am – 5 pm, for Harvest Splash Open House (FREE Admission)
  • Saturday, December 8, 2018, 8:30-11:30 am, for Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Splash Open House ($5 admission, FREE for members)
  • February 16-24, 2019, 10 am – 5 pm, during February Vacation Week (FREE Admission except 2/16/19 10 am – 2 pm special event)
  • April 13-21, 2019, 10 am – 5 pm, during April Vacation Week (FREE Admission except 4/13/19 10 am – 2 pm special event)

Please see our Event Calendar for public openings and information about special events.

An educational experience about helping sea life on Cape Cod, the Marine Animal Discovery Center features educational displays, specimens, and information about marine animals, strandings, rehabilitation, marine science, and ocean conservation. A live cam offers views into the marine animal hospital. Please note that, for the safety of our seal and sea turtle patients, the animals are only viewable via closed circuit camera.

NMLC’s Gift Shop features a unique selection of local art, jewelry, educational toys & games, eco-friendly, and fair trade items with a marine theme.  Shop for a good cause!  All proceeds benefit NMLC’s marine animal rehabilitation, science, and education programs.

For directions, click here.

National Marine Life Center
P.O. Box 269, 120 Main Street
Buzzards Bay, MA02532-0269