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Visitor & Family Tours

Join us on a Guided Tour for insights and stories about our work!


Join us for an informative 45-minute Guided Tour of The Marine Mammal Center. Docents lead participants around the Center's exhibits and viewing areas. Tour guides also provide insights into the work of the Center and share stories about our seal and sea lion patients (please note the number of patients onsite and visible varies daily depending on the animal's conditions).

Guided Tours are ideal for individuals and families (nine people, or fewer) that want to learn more about the work of the Center. Have a group of 10 or more you are interested in bringing to the Center? Click here!

From August 27 through November 16, 2018, Guided Tours are available:

  • Mondays and Fridays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m

Special for the week of Thanksgiving, from November 17 through November 25, 2018, Guided Tours are available:

  • Tours daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.


Prices:

  • Adults: $10
  • Seniors (ages 65+), Students (ages 5 to 17) and Military Discount: $5
  • Kids 4 and under are FREE
  • Members (and 1 guest) $5 each
  • FREE if you become a member that day!

  • Tours will be available to register online approximately one month before the scheduled tour date.
  • Note: You can sign up for tours at the hospital by purchasing tickets at our front desk the day of the tour (space is limited).
  • Groups larger than 10 people will be reserved on a case-by-case basis as staffing allows.


Behind the Scenes Experiences
Join us for a 30-minute behind the scenes experiences offered on select days.

The Scout Experience
Bring your scout group to learn about our work, see our seal and sea lion patients and be inspired by the dedication of our volunteer workforce.

  • Includes hands-on exploration with pelts, skulls and equipment
  • One-hour long
  • $200 for up to 30 participants (including adults)

To book, contact learn@tmmc.org


College Tours

Enhance your curriculum with a customizable tour of our hospital. From biology for non-majors to masters students in marine biology, bring your college group to learn how their studies apply to our real world patients and research.

  • Includes hands-on exploration with pelts, skulls, equipment and a behind-the-scenes component
  • One-hour long
  • $300 for up to 30 participants (including instructors)

To book, contact learn@tmmc.org


Barkday Tours

Celebrate your big day with friends, family and phocids! Enjoy this educational opportunity all while supporting our mission and work.

  • Includes hands-on exploration with pelts, skulls, equipment and special opportunities for the birthday guest
  • One-hour long
  • $200 for up to 30 participants (including adults)

To book, contact learn@tmmc.org


Other Visit Options
Have a group of 10 or more you are interested in bringing to the Center? As a hospital environment with a small visitor space, groups larger than 10 people (maximum of 30) are required to book a guided experience. Large-group experiences are available on a limited basis and booked in advance based on educator availability (there’s a fee, but it’s worth it and helps our patients!). Please contact learn@tmmc.org or call (415) 289-7330 to find out more. We recommend providing multiple dates and times of interest and avoiding holiday weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pet Policy:
For the health and safety of both Center patients and domestic pets, pets (except fully immunized service dogs) are prohibited in the Center buildings and public areas of the facility. Service dogs are allowed to enter in the public areas only.

 

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