Street Address
18743 Front St. N.E
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 408
Poulsbo, WA 98370
phone: 360-598-4460
Thursday - Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free. Donations Accepted.
Group Tours
Patrick V Mus, Aquarium Director
phone: 360-598-4460
Lauren Kemper, Volunteer Coordinator
phone: 360-598-4460


We don’t believe in “do not touch”.

Poulsbo’s Marine Science Center and Aquarium is a unique facility. We don’t believe in “do not touch”. Our Tide-pool touch tank allows you to interact with most of the animals you will find on your next Puget Sound beach walk. You can get “up close and personal” with several species of sea star, anemone, urchin, crab, shrimp, even a sea cucumber and other surprises!

Experience the exhibits of over 100 species of marine plants and animals found in the Puget Sound that will instill love and respect for the environment. The centers Sign Up for Updates combination of touch tank, theater, and uniquely designed aquaria provide a remarkable experience to understand the importance of our inland waterways

We welcome visitors of all ages to learn more about the waters that surround us. Staffed by trained volunteers, visitors of all ages will learn more about the diverse range of life in the Puget Sound from experiencing our touch tanks, viewing the many live animal saltwater displays, and enjoying movies in our small theater donated by local underwater videographers.


Our main focus is to, “Promote lifelong learning and appreciation for the marine environment and underwater technology by enhancing science education with hands on learning and conservation.”


The Way We Were….

In the 1980s, local teacher Clayton Ham brought the then-Seattle-based Marine Science Society to Poulsbo; it was housed at Liberty Bay Marina. In 1990, it moved to its present location in the new building built with a City Bond Issue. However, in 2005, after 15 yrs. of successful operation, a lack of a firm financial footing forced the Center’s closure.

Who Are We Today?

The new Center is supported by the newly formed Marine Science Center Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Bill Austin, Bruce Harlow, and a dedicated team of new supporters, almost all volunteers, created today’s Center. Our main focus will be on educating children through various programs, and reaching into our regional schools. Visitors of all ages will learn more about the waters that surround us. We’re slowly finishing the exhibits and collecting animals, and looking for necessary funding.

Educational Programs

Preschool classes and 3-6 grade class throughout the school year



Lecture Halls


Non-Profit 501-3C


Wheelchair Accessible




Group Tours