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Hours, Address, & Phone

During the summer, the National Marine Life Center’s Marine Animal Discovery Center isVisit our Discovery Center! open by appointment to groups of 6 from the same household.

The cost is just $50 per group, or $40 for members!
Check out our online store to book your Discovery Center visit.

NMLC’s Business Offices are open by appointment only due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please call 508-743-9888 or e-mail

Please stay safe and enjoy one of our virtual programs!

VISITOR CENTER HOURS: When not in a pandemic, the National Marine Life Center’s Marine Animal Discovery Center and Gift Shop is generally 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 (for Open Houses and other special events)

Click here to see our Calendar of Events, including our public openings, special events, and current Education Programs.

ADMISSION:  Free, except as noted during certain special events. Educational programs have an additional charge.

BUSINESS OFFICE HOURS:  NMLC’s Business Office is for business inquiries open year-round, Monday through Friday (except for federal holidays), from 9 am to 5 pm. If you have questions about NMLC, want to become a member or make a donation, are interested in volunteering, or would like to schedule an education program, please call us!

STREET ADDRESS:Children come face to face with marine animal specimens in the Discovery Center!
National Marine Life Center
120 Main Street
Buzzards Bay, MA02532-0269

DIRECTIONS:  For Directions, click here.

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

PHONE: 508.743.9888
FAX: 508.759.5477


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