Seymour Marine Discovery Center

"Ms. Blue" skeleton and Seymour Marine Disovery Center

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is the public education component of the Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory and Coastal Science Campus. The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is dedicated to educating the public about marine science research and ocean conservation. It replicates the look and feel of a working marine laboratory, with hands-on exhibits that feature the everyday tools of scientific exploration. Visitors learn about the types of questions scientists ask and get a glimpse of the processes that generate insights and understanding. The goal is to instill in visitors a deep and lasting appreciation of the role research plays in understanding and protecting the world's oceans. 

Highlights include Ms. Blue—the world's largest displayed whale skeleton, exhibit hall and aquarium, guided tours, educational programs tailored for students of all ages, and an array of specialty offerings that focus on different aspects of marine sciences. The 16,000-square-foot Seymour Center houses 14 major aquarium tanks and a large seawater touch tank, a shark pool, three exhibit areas, wet and dry laboratories for K-12 programs, a university wet teaching lab, and a large auditorium. More than 250 active volunteers, including community members and UCSC student interns, assist with the educational program at the Seymour Center in every way.

CONTACT: Teri Sigler (siglert@ucsc.edu), Administrative/Operations Manager