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Poulsbo Marine Science Center

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Address: 18743 Front St. NE, Poulsbo, WA 98345-0408
Phone Number:
+1 360-598-4460
11:00 - 16:00
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Thu - Sun 11:00 - 16:00

Open and FREE to the public Thursday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Open and FREE to the public Thursday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Fun for our daughter.

We took our daughter here because she loves marine animals. It's a great interactive and educational place for kids. We liked that they teach kids about marine life in our area... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took our daughter here because she loves marine animals. It's a great interactive and educational place for kids. We liked that they teach kids about marine life in our area and how we can help. Definitely recommend.

Thank thereal253
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a very small place but the grandsons really enjoyed the interactive touch aquarium. They were able to pick up starfish, crabs and a sea cucumber. You can walk the entire place in five minutes, but we really were there for the touch aquarium. Very nice, short diversion for about 30 minutes. You should leave a small donation as... More 

Thank Z9347RUmarys
Shelton, Washington
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44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

This a cute Museum with some really interesting information. The staff is really great and I suggest everybody leave a donation and the donation box

Thank Jeanne B
Carthage, Texas
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47 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

It's a small place but still something to do for free. Or cheap with donation. We got to hold a star fish and the kids thought it was cool.

Thank jennygirl05
Bainbridge Island, Washington
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135 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Very friendly staff nice with our four-year old. They have large touch tank and a couple of aquariums, a whale skeleton hung from the ceiling, and that's about it. Most of the aquariums were empty and very dirty. I really don't think they are in very good shape for the public to enjoy right now. Compared to when they first... More 

1 Thank Michael S
St. Louis, MO
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356 reviews
163 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Loved the giant octopus statue outside the museum. Nice 'touch pool' right inside the front door and the staff is available to help with the starfish, sea cucumbers, or whatever the guests want to touch. Some very beautiful and colorful tanks. The only complaint we have is that the museum was not open yet when we arrive and the staff... More 

Thank ThomasTCat
Gig Harbor, Washington
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296 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

This aquarium and science center is operated by Western Washington University. It is free to visit and donations are accepted. The tide pool touch tank is the best. You can actually touch sea urchins, sea stars, and anemones, among other creatures. There are also tropical fish and jellyfish to see. A visit takes less than an hour and is fun... More 

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29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

This place was tons of fun! It's a small, 2-room aquarium, and their volunteers make it a ton of fun, and super educational! Their main attraction is a large touch tank in the main foyer, with tons of starfish, sea cucumbers, anemones, and urchins. There's also an activity room in the back for more learning fun. Our 4, 6, and... More 

Thank Devon T
Edmonds, Washington
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65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

Just happened to walk by and noticed this was sponsored by Western Washington Univ. Since my husband and I met at WWU, we felt compelled to walk in. There is no cost, but donations are welcome. There are several large aquariums with multiple kinds of sea creatures. There is an open "aquarium" where you can touch the creatures. What was... More 

Thank Tiffany S
Silverdale, Washington
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2016

This is a little looking place from the street with a Giant Octopus at it's door, however once you get inside it is full of marine information that even goes outdoors to the docks to their classroom within a "waterbottom" boat". It's staff and volunteers are jewels and allow for a hands on experience when you first enter the facility... More 

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