Visit Our Discovery Center

Our Discovery Center is closed for the summer 2022 season. Thank you to all those who came by to learn and support our mission. We are planning to be open for Massachusetts school vacation weeks, so be on the look out for updates! We do apologize of any inconvenience our early closer may have. 

Our Discovery Center  features specimens and exhibits featuring information about the species we rehabilitate, the science our work  contributes to and conservation efforts for these species. We also have interactive exhibits for kids of all ages! This educational area will give you a look at the work we do to care for stranded marine animals and their natural history. Please be aware, that this is not a tour of our animal hospital.  


National Marine Life Center is a marine wildlife rehabilitation hospital. We do not allow the public into the hospital where we house our seal and sea turtle patients. This is for the animals safety, comfort, and to allow our personnel to care for these animals efficiently. This is also for the safety of our visitors, as wild animals can carry zoonotic diseases. We do have two live box turtles that are available for viewing in their enclosure during your visit. Depending on time of year, we may also have native turtle hatchlings in house for viewing.


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.  We now offer all of these items through our online gift shop. Shop for a good cause!  All proceeds benefit NMLC’s marine animal rehabilitation, science, and education programs.

For more information please call 508-743-9888 or email