Join us on select days each month for a Behind-the-Scenes tour—an up-close look at the tools and techniques our volunteers use to care for marine mammals in need.
Behind-the-Scenes tours are offered at 12pm and 2pm on select days, and topics vary throughout the year. These 30-minute walking tours are designed for participants ages 7 and up. Advance tickets can be purchased online, and proceeds from ticket sales help buy food and medicine for our patients!
Your guide will share stories of patients treated at The Marine Mammal Center, describe the tried and true recipes our volunteers use to nurse these animals back to health, give you the inside scoop on our innovative technologies utilized at The Marine Mammal Center and provide tips on how we can all play a part in protecting ocean life.
For a more comprehensive marine mammal experience, we recommend pairing your behind-the-scenes tour with a self-guided tour or a docent-led tour at 11am, 1pm or 3pm.
Behind-the-Scenes experiences vary based on weather and our patient care. Some days you will have the opportunity to explore our Fish Kitchen, while others we might highlight our intensive care unit of the hospital.
Sample Program Descriptions
Fish Kitchen Experience - (30 minute program)
Experience the sights (and smells!) of our fish kitchen. What do seals and sea lions eat? What, exactly, goes into a “fish milkshake"? Come with your questions and curiosity! We will provide the boots and gloves. Appropriate for ages 7 and up.
Missiles to Medicine - (30 minute program)
Join us for a walk down memory lane and learn about the history of our site and what it takes to run a world-class veterinary hospital. Stand in the shadow of our filtration towers and get the whole scoop on how we transformed a missile base into an intensive care unit and surgery suite. Appropriate for ages 7 and up.
Guided Tours - 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM
For a more comprehensive experience, we encourage you to pair the Behind-the-Scenes experience with a guided tour of the hospital to learn more about our current patients and how we are rehabilitating them!
The Center is temporarily closed to the public, reopening February 10. Tour booking will resume in 2020. Learn more >>