Octopress Online

April 2021


Pelagic Cormorants are showing their breeding plumage.

Photo by PTMSC volunteer Wendy Feltham.


on Saturday, April 10


Exhibits RE-OPEN 
Saturday, April 10

on a reservation basis

Port Townsend Marine Science Center
Aquarium and Museum will be reopening to visitors
on Saturdays and Sundays
from 12 - 5 pm by reservation only.

Reservations can be booked starting
Wednesday, April 7 at Noon
on our website's Visit Us page.


  • Admission will be limited to one family group of up to 8 individuals at a time.
  • Everyone, including PTMSC members, must make a reservation
    (1 hour visit with 30 minutes in the Aquarium, followed by 30 minutes in the Museum).
  • Reservations are not required to visit the Gift Shop during open exhibit hours.

Masks will be required along with following all COVID guidelines outlined by WA State and Jefferson County. In addition to limiting group sizes to 8 people per household, PTMSC is providing hand-washing stations, keeping the touch tanks touch-free, and cleaning our exhibits frequently, among other precautions. 

We are all looking forward to seeing you again very soon!




Port Townsend Marine Science Center Summer Camps return this year with week-long adventures right at the beach in Fort Worden State Park.

We’ll be taking all the precautions needed to ensure a safe and healthy experience for everyone. Click the button below to learn more. But don't delay--our camps are limited in attendance and so are filling up fast!


in partnership with Puget Sound Express and Sound Experience


photo by Wendy Feltham

The cruises are BACK!

We have sailings through New Year's Eve!

Seats book fast, so don't miss out!


Water World Online
In partnership with Centrum


April 26-30, 2021

9:00am - 3:30pm Pacific Time 
presented virtually

Join 5th and 6th grade students from around Washington State for Water World Online! Centrum and the Port Townsend Marine Science Center are teaming up to take our full-immersion science and arts program online, and into your home, with five days of engaging online classroom sessions and hands-on learning and creation. Through the lenses of science, creative writing, and visual arts, students will explore the marine environments of the Puget Sound and Salish Sea, as well as the aquatic ecosystems around their own home. 

Students will be mailed a package with all of the necessary materials and supplies for their classes before the program begins.

Becky Berryhill
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Register By April 12, 2021


2021 Auction - A Huge Success!

This year's first-ever all-online auction was a great success, raising $123,643 for PTMSC! Thank you for your support!

Auction Sponsors
Thank you to all our sponsors! If you have the opportunity, please let them know you appreciate their support for PTMSC.

Octopus Level Sponsors
Scott Zeeman, Certified Public Accountants
Cunnington Dental
Michael & Letitia Thompson

Sea Star Sponsors
First Federal
Homer Smith Insurance

Business Sponsors

The Food Co-opLaw Offices of Moriarty & RalstonRichard VanDeMark - Landscape Architect, Kitsap BankKristin Manwaring InsuranceGale Investment Management1st Security BankJohn L. Scott Real EstatePeninsula Family Dental

Use the clues, crack the case!


Help us crack the case with a variety of specimens from our museum and aquarium by using the clues provided in Activity Page 1. Once you're ready for the answer and want to share your story, check out Activity Page 2. If at any point you want a deeper dive, check out our list of resources where you can find species profiles, local indigenous stories, and more!


use iNaturalist to ID as many species as you can find at Fort Worden!

May 1st 10 AM -
May 2nd 10 AM

Join the Port Townsend Marine Science Center and Fort Worden State Park for our annual BioBlitz! We will be using the iNaturalist app and website to help us find, photograph, and identify as many different species as we can. Don't fret if species ID isn't your thing. All we need is a good photo!

Visit our pier signs from April 16th through May 1st.
Each of the signs has a letter in the bottom left corner. Use the letters to spell a special word. On May 1st, the day of the BioBlitz, go to the museum portico and tell staff the special word to receive a PTMSC sticker. This is a great chance for some socially-distanced family fun!


is almost here!

GiveBIG 2021 is just around the corner!

Celebrate local philanthropy as we kick off another annual event of giving. Watch your email for details!

C.A.R.S. and help out PTMSC!

All this time #StayingHome and not going anywhere may have you wondering how your car must feel! It’s hard to let go, but the Port Townsend Marine Science Center makes it easier. It also feels better when you support the cause you love. Donate today at our C.A.R.S. page or call (855) 500-RIDE or (855) 500-7433





PTMSC - Always available on Social Media

Though our exhibits aren't open, you can always find us 24/7/365 on Facebook and Instagram. We have weekly features like Museum Sundays, What's In The Water Wednesdays and #TinyGOP Thursdays!

Follow us online -- together we will continue to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea!




Discover PTMSC's original activities that will keep you and your child inspired to learn more about Salish Sea science!

We also provide links to other K-12 online learning resources to keep you and your children engaged--the perfect antidote to cabin fever! 

Check out our continuously updated offerings!


Contact Us:
532 Battery Way  | Port Townsend, Washington 98368
(360) 385-5582 | info@ptmsc.org

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