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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).

Fall 2019 Hours for NMLC’s Marine Animal Discovery Center & Gift Shop:
We are open weekends through and including Columbus Day (October 14, 2019) from 10 am to 5 pm. Additional openings are as follows.

  • Shipwreck Live with Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary – September 19, 6-8 pm
    ($3/person suggested donation)
  • Spooky Splash Open House – October 30, 2019, 3:30-7:30 pm
    ($5/person, free for members)
  • Harvest Splash Open House – November 29-30, December 1, 10 am – 5 pm (Free!)
  • Holiday Splash & Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus – Saturday, December 14, 2019, 8:30-11:30 am
    ($5/person, free for members)

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