Join us for a 30-minute guided tour with one of our
expert naturalists and get a behind the scenes view of one
of our learning centers, historic ships, or the dockside Maddie
James Seaside Learning Center. Tours vary daily; read the
descriptions below of each of our tour options.
Headlands and Beyond exhibit area is included with
tours featuring an intertidal touch tank, artifact displays,
pop-up experiments, and children’s playscape.
Last admission for all tours stops 10 minutes prior to each tour
Tour ticket: $5.00 per person
Day Pass (2 or more tours): $7.00 per person
Tickets are available for onsite purchases only.
Groups of 10 or more: Please call ahead to arrange your visit. We
offer private tours of our labs and ships but only if arranged in
advance. Please contact our reservations department at (949)
496-2274 ext. 369 or email us at
On this tour you will have the opportunity to go behind the
scenes of one of our learning centers with an expert Ocean
Institute naturalist. You will see a select number of our living
collection of animals, which represents our local marine (ocean)
ecology and learn more about our education programs.
Maddie James Seaside Learning Center Tour:
On this tour, you will have the opportunity to explore our
dockside Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. You can
participate in one of our community science projects to document
the water quality of the harbor, collect a plankton sample, and
get a taste of some of local species of animals in our
You will be able to step aboard one of our historic tall ships
the Brig Pilgrim, made famous by Richard Henry Dana Jr. in his
classic memoir, Two Years Before the Mast. You will have the
opportunity to step into the life of a sailor aboard a tall ship
and learn the history our our replica.
Sailor’s Life Tour:
You will be able to experience the life of a sailor in the 1830s
on our historic maritime wharf. Tie nautical knots, help raise
the sail, and learn more about the hide trade of early