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Port Townsend Marine Science Center

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Address: Fort Worden State Park, 532 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Phone Number:
+1 360-385-5582
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12:00 - 17:00
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Fri - Sun 12:00 - 17:00
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The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is committed to inspiring...

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is committed to inspiring conservation of the Salish Sea.

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Touch pools to delight young and old alike

Small yet quite entertaining with its array of tidal pools to enchant those of all ages. A couple of aquariums round out the mix. Knowledgeable staff to help make sense of what... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
lisalou1963
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Lynnwood, Washington
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Lynnwood, Washington
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Small yet quite entertaining with its array of tidal pools to enchant those of all ages. A couple of aquariums round out the mix. Knowledgeable staff to help make sense of what you see and to learn more than just the listed odd fact or two. Located at the end of a pier, there are great views of the bay.... More 

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Port Townsend, Washington
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always have a good time. The center is on a pier overlooking Admiralty Bay. The view is wonderful, the air refreshing. Inside the touch tanks and docents are fun and informative. You feel like you are getting to know the Northwest waters.

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Thank sbender2016
Greenville, South Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

The experience was incredibly pleasing...having slept in a cottage just overlooking the marine science museum, I was not yet thinking about the neat exhibits inside, but more focused on the view of the harbor from Fort Warden's setting. Once down on the dock, I was totally taken to the world of the sea...long kelp swaying from the pilings and the... More 

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Thank DeeSheehan
West Palm Beach, Florida
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1,119 reviews
526 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 866 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

I saved this center last for my reviews of Port Townsend. I arrived on the dock early before opening and the mist lifting from the water in the distance on a sunny morning was amazing. The view in every direction was lovely from the pier. I loved the hands on interactive displays both inside and outside. It was a great... More 

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Beaverton, Oregon, United States
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174 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Literally on a pier on the water, surprisingly large touch tanks inside (our granddaughter loved them!), plus lots of other hands-on exhibits. And don't forget the second building on the shore - fascinating contemporary exhibits of local marine issues and findings!

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Thank Ned K
Seattle, Washington
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68 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

I had time to visit only one of the two facilities; it was the aquarium with the touch tanks. Don't expect a big fancy aquarium with tons of exotic fish. Rather, this is a friendly, informal little gem that's really family-friendly. The staff was welcoming and knowledgeable. It was so cool to touch a sea anenome and other weird critters.... More 

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Thank Reade
Port Townsend, Washington
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 September 2016

This center is located right on the water in Fort Worden.They have a very extensive display of marine life and a great way to spend some time and learn about local marine habitat.

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Thank jcroughrider
Kent, Washington
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

This little aquarium has the best touch-tanks my family has encountered, and a very friendly staff to fill in the details. My young daughters went back for a second day, totaling several hours.

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Thank jhmartin
Port Townsend, Washington
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54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

It highlights the marine life here in our area and allows children the privilege of touching many of the exhibits.

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Thank 993Luvtomove
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Quite inspirational. Did you know that sea cucumbers eject their guts when that are scared ( they later grow new ones ! ) looks yukky but a clever protection method. Grandchildren and us were fascinated by the stories and experiences. Big thank you to Michael ,one of the volunteers who showed us fried egg jelly fish in the dock under... More 

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