Visit Our Discovery Center

The Discovery Center is currently closed for some exciting construction projects. Please check back soon for updated hours.
Tickets are $8, children under 3 are free. All proceeds go toward helping save cold-stunned sea turtles!
See the new Turtle Triage Suite through the viewing windows in the Discovery Center! Please note that we cannot guarantee that we will be working with any turtles in the Triage Suite during your visit. However, visitors should be able to see animals in rehabilitation on the hospital monitors.

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 the 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