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Marine Animal Discovery Center & Gift Shop

The National Marine Life Center’s Marine Animal Discovery Center & Gift Shop is open to the public during the following hours.

  • February School Vacation Week (Barnstable County), 10-5 daily
  • April School Vacation Week (Barnstable County), 10-5 daily
  • Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, 10-5 daily
  • Weekends through Columbus Day, 10-5
  • Thanksgiving Weekend (except Thanksgiving Day), 10-5
  • And selected days throughout the year (Open Houses and other special events)

Spring 2020 Hours for NMLC’s Marine Animal Discovery Center & Gift Shop:

  • Seal Pup Shower Open House – Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm ($5/person, free for members)
  • April Vacation Week – Saturday, April 18, 2020, through Sunday, April 26, 2020, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (free admission, except during the Seal Pup Shower Open House)
  • Open for the Season – Saturday, May 23, 2020 – Monday, September 7, 2020, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily

critter-tank-002-840Please see our Event Calendar for information about education programs and 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