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Options for VisitingThe Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito 

The Marine Mammal Center is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Our facility is completely ADA accessible.

Individual Visitors
Individuals (small groups of up to ten people) can enjoy a self-guided visit of The Marine Mammal Center's newly rebuilt hospital, research and education center nestled in the Marin Headlands in Sausalito at any time during our open hours (no reservation is needed). Enjoy viewing seal and sea lion patients and through exhibits, learn about marine mammals and the work done at this unique outdoor animal rehabilitation facility. Peer into different viewing windows to see feeds prepared, lab work, and even post mortem, and take a stroll through the exhibit hall and the gift store. Parking is limited and carpooling is recommended. March - November is peak season to see patients. For more information, call (415) 289-SEAL. Admission is free, and donations are welcome. Docent-led tours (see below) are ticketed.

Groups of 10 or more must make a reservation at least two weeks in advance to visit The Marine Mammal Center. Make your reservation by calling 415-289-7330, or by sending an email to (except for Docent-Led Tours). Note: Other Programs, Tours and Prices are Available for TEACHERS AND STUDENTS. Please view our website ( or our Education Program brochure to learn about these age/grade-specific options.

Guided Tours
Join us on a "private" guided tour of our newly rebuilt, state-of-the-art facility! Our educator will escort just your group through our unique outdoor animal rehabilitation hospital, answering questions and sharing current stories as you go. You will view seal and sea lion patients and learn how our hospital functions and look into key areas, such as the Fish Kitchen, Chart Room, Laboratory and Post-Mortem (optional). Depending on patient care activities, you may be able to watch animal care crews in action doing food preparation and medical charting, and see technicians doing laboratory analyses during your tour. Hands-on experiences with rescue equipment, pelts and bones enhance the tour, and highlight the characteristics, behavior and adaptations of our pinniped patients. Participants of our guided tour will gain a deeper understanding of marine mammals and their ocean environment.

Program length:1 hour
Age level: all ages
Group size: Up to 20, including chaperones
Days and Times Available:

  • Tuesday through Friday, and some Saturdays
  • 10 AM, 11:15 AM, 1 PM, 2:15 PM and 3:30 PM

Rates: General: $150 per group
Senior Rates: $100 per group
(School-age rates and programs: please see our Education Program Brochure)

Docent-Led Tours
Docent-Led Tours give you the opportunity to purchase individual tickets. Starting November 1, 2010, tours take place every Friday and Monday at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM*. Additionally, during school breaks and summer vacation, the Center holds Docent-Led Tours at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM daily. Tours last approximately 1 hour.  Docents guide participants around the Center's exhibits and viewing areas, provide insights into the work of the Center, and share knowledge and experience about its patients, people and purpose.

Space is limited, so be sure to book online early! Walk-ins are welcome though reservations are recommended. Book online at eventbrite to guarantee your place on the tour (a small eventbrite processing fee will be added to online reservations).

*Please double-check on the website to be sure there are tour slots available.

• Adults: $7
• Seniors (65+) and Students (5-17) $5
• Kids under 4 are free
• Members (and 1 guest) $5

3 R's for Marine Mammals
(Program in our classroom): Enter our exciting classroom to be surrounded by marine mammal specimens. This program gives participants an in-depth look at the work of the Marine Mammal Center. You will learn about the tools and techniques used by the veterinarians and volunteers to care for our patients - from Rescue, to Rehabilitation and Release. Video clips of actual rescues, animal care, handling procedures, and releases will allow you to "experience" the sides of our work that you are not able to see on a tour. You will learn about feeding and veterinary procedures; and using hands-on specimens, you will explore the differences between seals, sea lions, otters, and other marine mammals. Part of the program will allow you to examine x-ray images and marine debris entanglement from former patients, and hopefully you will come to understand how connected our lives are to these intelligent creatures of the sea.

Please note that this program does not include a guided or self-guided tour - that should be booked separately.

Program length: 1 hour
Group size: Up to 20, including chaperones
Age level: all ages
Days and Times Available:

• Tuesday through Friday, and some Saturdays
• 10 AM, 11:15 AM, 1 PM, 2:15 PM and 3:30 PM
Rates: General: $150 per group
Senior Rates: $100 per group
(School age rates: please see our Education Program Brochure)

Self-Guided Visit (Reservations for Groups)
Although there is no charge to come here 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 ten people in your group, please call or send an email to to reserve a block of time for your group's self-guided visit. Suggested Donation: $5 per person

Program length: 1 hour
Group size: 10 to 25 people
Age level: all ages
Days and Times Available:

• 10 AM to 5 PM Sunday and Monday
• 2 PM to 5 PM Tuesday through Friday
• Hours vary on Saturdays
• Some mornings available at last minute request





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