Poulsbo Marine Science Center

18743 Front Street Northeast

About Us:

Poulsbo’s marine science center is a unique facility. We don’t believe in “do not touch”. Our Tidepool 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 combination of touch tank, theater, and uniquely designed aquaria provide a remarkable experience to understand the importance of our inland waterways.

The Poulsbo Marine Science Center is supported and operated by the Poulsbo Marine Science Center Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 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.” 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.


Jared Carlson

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017

Very small center, but with several interesting display tanks, a touch tide pool, a video room, and an activity room (with coloring sheets & white boards for drawing) that kept my 5 year old entertained for quite a while. We'll probably add a visit here to our usual family fun routine whenever we visit Poulsbo. I definitely recommend it for kids, especially if they are interested in marine life. But don't expect a big variety of activities or large viewing tanks.

Rebecca Claymore

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

Took my 3 year old grandaughter very nice sea life experience. The volunteers were exceptional. Would highly recommend.

Rochelle-Ann Graham

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Fantastic educational facility to take the whole family to explore the local sea life. Great volunteer's and touch tank plus a kids interactive room with coloring, puzzles and toy sea creatures. There is also a nice theater with a films throughout the day.

Lizanne Venneri

Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

Perfect little space to explore sea life. there is a small touch tank at the entrance, a theatre playing sea life videos and a kids art room. Our little girls love stopping by when we visit Poulsbo.

Leah Lovely

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Run by volunteers and kept afloat by donations, this center has been a favorite in Poulsbo since before it became the Sea Discovery Center. We visited this morning (they open at 11, so we hit up our favorite bakery first) with my two children plus my two year old nephew and it was a blast. Love this place, we're always sure to donate when we visit. Fun and educational is always a winner!