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Marine Animal Discovery Center & Gift Shop

The National Marine Life Center’s Marine Animal Discovery Center isVisit our Discovery Center! closed due to COVID-19 restrictions and staffing limitations.

We are offering virtual programs via our social media platforms, so make sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram pages! For those who are interested in virtual school programs, we are happy to coordinate virtual field trips for your classes. 

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!

When not in a pandemic, the National Marine Life Center’s Marine Animal Discovery Center & 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 (Open Houses and other special events)

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