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Hands-on exhibits, talks and videos, technology and touch: the Visitor Center offers many opportunities for learning and fun.


Crowd at SeaFest

From annual events such as Shark Day, Whale Watch Weeks and Fossil Fest to monthly talks, demonstrations and films, the Visitor Center offers fascinating fare for all ages.

See our Events page (menu at left) for upcoming activities, talks and special events.


Layers of Life exhibit

The Visitor Center is more than just an aquarium. Our hands-on exhibits are designed to demonstrate marine science by getting you involved.

We're constantly adding new exhibits, many showcasing the work of researchers right here at HMSC. Frequent visitors will also find old favorites, from our resident octopus to our popular touch tanks.


The Center's resident octopus

Why do we return our resident octopus to the sea?  Where do scientists get their ideas? What's this weird-looking thing I found on the beach? Get the answers thorugh our Ask A Scientist feature.

The Fish Health Corner, meanwhile, explains the work of our dedicated animal husbandry team to care for the hundreds of marine animals you can see in our exhibits.


TO LEARN MORE ... Follow the links on the left!

9/17/2013. Please Note: HMSC Visitor Center is a working learning research lab. We are recording the visits of our visitors to better understand what they choose to do and with whom in order to improve the visitor experience.  More info

Critter Corner