Octopress Online
November 2021

A pair of orca (Orcinus orca) spotted swimming by Whidbey Island.

Photo by PTMSC volunteer Wendy Feltham.


The PTMSC annual Gift Shop Sale returns with new gear, great books, and gifts for all ages.

Saturday &
Sunday Only!


12-5 p.m.


10% off 
all merchandise*

Members receive 15% off!

*Excluding Gift Certificates and Memberships.


Visit Sylvia the octopus this holiday season!
Check out our Visit Us page for
current exhibit and gift shop hours.



in partnership with Puget Sound Express

photo by Wendy Feltham


Saturday, November 27

Friday, December 31

1 - 4 p.m. 

Close the year out with a trip you'll remember for years to come.
Seats book fast, so don't miss out!



A screenshot from the Lynda Mapes lecture, the photo is by Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times, taken under NOAA permit 21348.

If you missed the October 17 live presentation, check out the YouTube recording of 

"Southern Resident Killer Whales: Status, Trends, Solutions”

presented by
Lynda Mapes, journalist at the Seattle Times

Part of the 2021-2022 Future of Oceans lecture series




Ellen Hargis,
Search Committee Chair

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is seeking a visionary and entrepreneurial leader who will guide the organization as it transitions into a new facility, ensuring PTMSC’s ability to meet its mission to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director implements the Port Townsend Marine Science Center’s strategic plan by leading people, leading change, exercising business acumen, and building coalitions.

The detailed job description and application process can be found online at https://ptmsc.org/exec_director_2021

Please share this notice broadly within your professional network. Thank you!


is just around the corner!


Save The Date!

We are excited for this year's Giving Tuesday event, now a yearly tradition in which together we celebrate generosity. 

Look forward to more information from us by email in coming weeks. And mark your calendars!




Our 16th annual auction, on April 16, will celebrate the Port Townsend Marine Science Center's 40th anniversary!  We invite you to donate a good or service.

Our most popular items each year are getaways and experiences. Perhaps you have a timeshare or vacation home? Also popular are dinners or wine tastings. Feel free to team up with a friend! 

To donate, just click here and fill out the form. Thank you!



The Aquarium, Museum,
and gift shop are

Saturday and Sunday 
from 12 - 5 p.m.

Through our info-packed exhibits, learn about what lives on our local shores and beneath the waters of the Salish Sea.

For the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and patrons, we require all visitors wear face masks while visiting the Aquarium, Museum, and gift shop. We are currently limiting capacity to 50% to allow more physical distancing.

Click the button below to plan your visit!


DONATE YOUR VEHICLE through C.A.R.S. and help out PTMSC!

Ready to get rid of an old car while supporting a cleaner planet? We here at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center make charitable car donation so easy! 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

We Bought the Flagship Landing Building! 

(photo by Jen Lee Light Photography)

We are pleased to announce that PTMSC has recently purchased the Flagship Landing building at 1001 Water Street in the heart of downtown Port Townsend. We are thrilled that our new home will be adapted to provide a platform for our vision to foster the growth of generations of environmental stewards living in balance with marine ecosystems.  

The move to the new space will be a carefully planned transition over the next few years.

Read more details here.



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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 between your visits to our exhibits!

Check out our continuously updated offerings!

Find us on

We have some amazing Instagram Reels created by our dedicated social media team here at PTMSC. 

You can always find us 24/7/365 on Facebook and Instagram. Get behind-the-scenes access to our exhibits, and share with your friends the great work we do here at PTMSC!

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


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

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