The Seymour Marine Discovery Center offers hands-on immersion into the world of ocean exploration and discovery. With a 20,000-square-foot visitor center, guests can touch a shark, explore the latest discoveries in ocean science, and take in the spectacular Monterey Bay. Powered by the Long Marine Laboratory, a world-renowned university research facility, our exhibit hall offers a deeper dive into the fascinating and varied work of scientists studying the oceans here in Santa Cruz and around the world.

Come visit Ms. Blue, one of the largest whale skeletons in the world! At 87 feet long and rising 18 feet above the ground, she is a sight to behold.

How often do you get to touch a shark? Touch a friendly one at our shark pool today.

Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


New Exhibit

California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest

On Display Now

Explorations Each year, California students from kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to enter the California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest, presented by the California Coastal Commision. By encouraging youth to reflect on California’s beaches and ocean through art and poetry, the Commission hopes to inspire a greater sense of stewardship for these natural places.



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