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Visitor & Family Tours


Join us on a Docent-Led Tour for an hour of insights and stories!

Join us for an informative 45 minute Docent-Led 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).

Docent-Led Tours are ideal for individuals and families (9 people, or fewer) that want to learn more about the work of the Center. If your group has 10 people, or more, please email to inquire about large-group experiences held at the Center. Large-group experiences are available on a limited basis, for additional fees and booked in advance based on educator availability.

For Summer, from June 4 through August 28, 2016, Docent-Led Tours are available:

  • Daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

From August 29 through November 18, 2016, Docent-Led 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 pm


  • Adults: $9
  • Seniors (ages 65+) and Students (ages 5 to 17): $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.

Missiles to Medicine Tour
Over our 41 year history, we have turned a former Nike Missile site into the world’s largest marine mammal hospital. Join us for a 30-minute walking tour to see our facility and filtration systems that make it possible for us to care for over 200 patients at a time. Take a peek behind the scenes at the hospital as you learn more about the patient pens and pools and our intensive care unit and surgery suite where we care for our most fragile patients.

The Missiles to Medicine Tour will be offered every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 12 pm and 2 pm, from June 8 (World Oceans Day) through September 3, 2016. Tours are available by reservations, which can be booked online.

Pricing details:

  • This tour is designed for participants ages seven and older and there is a limit of 10 persons per tour. Children under the age of 7 are not able to participate.  For groups with children under the age of seven, the Docent-Led Tour is available.
  • Tickets cost $9 for adults and $5 for members/seniors/children ages 7-17.
  • New members may join the Missiles to Medicine Experience OR the Docent Led Tour for FREE. Member pricing applies if they decide to attend BOTH.

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

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

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

Self-Guided Visit
Reserve a time to lead your own group (of more than 10 people) through a self-guided visit of The Marine Mammal Center's public areas. Exhibits throughout the facility inform your group about our work. Docents stationed at the Info Desk and Upper Viewing Area are available most days to answer questions. Enjoy viewing seal and sea lion patients, and look into key areas such as the fish kitchen, chart room and laboratory. Depending on patient care activities, you may be able to watch animal care crews in action preparing food, feeding animals, cleaning pens, and doing other animal care activities.

Please note: Although there is no charge for a Self-Guided Visit, we need to limit the overall number of people visiting the Center at one time. Therefore, if you have more than 10 people in your group, reservations are required at least two weeks in advance to reserve a one-hour block of time for your group's Self-Guided Visit.

  • Self-Guided Visit Length: 30 minutes
  • Group size: 10 people or more
  • Available Days and Times: Daily from 2:00 pm and after.

Frequently Asked Questions  |   Reservation Request Form*

*Reservation requests are subject to availability

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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