Exhibit Hall

Unlike a traditional aquarium, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center takes you behind the scenes to learn more about scientific research in our oceans. Learn more about elephant seal behavior, understand the role of sea otters in their ecosystem, observe the differences in plant and animal life in different tidepools, or learn more about the hearing of sea lions and harbor seals.

Current Exhibits:

The UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef is the latest whimsical and fantastical result of hundreds of people crocheting for months with huge quantities of colorful yarn and unfettered imaginations. UC Santa Cruz students, faculty, and staff stitched alongside community members from across Santa Cruz County to raise awareness about ocean health.

Celebrate the collective efforts of the crocheters, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, and the Institute of the Arts and Sciences, and gaze upon the stunning results of hours of loving labor combined with skeins and skeins of yarn.

The exhibition is collaboratively produced by the Seymour Marine Discovery Center and the Institute of the Arts and Sciences and is on display at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center through Thanksgiving weekend, 2017.

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The Giant Ocean Coloring Book: This exhibit displays large black and white framed marine art from Peter Winch’s illustrated coloring book for adults, The Giant Ocean Coloring Book. Peter Winch has worked as an education specialist at the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary since 2006. Come see his unique marine art—on display through New Years weekend, 2018!

Days & Hours

Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Exhibit Hall

Featured Exhibit

UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef

Now extended through Thanksgiving weekend, 2017!


Featured Exhibit: UC Santa Cruz Crochet Satellite ReefThe UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef is the latest whimsical and fantastical result of hundreds of people crocheting for months with huge quantities of colorful yarn and unfettered imaginations. Come see this exhibit through Fall 2017.

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