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The Sea Life Museum is the Marine Mammal Stranding Center's educational visitor center, and the only part of our facility that is open to the public.
Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $2 per visitor greatly appreciated.
The Sea Life Museum was established to display marine mammal artifacts for the purpose of public education. Featured are several life-sized replicas of marine mammals, sea turtles, and fish, all found in New Jersey waters or stranded on beaches. In addition, educational displays explain the plight of marine animals that ingest marine debris and plastics. Displays of marine mammal artifacts features a sperm whale's jawbone, dolphin spinal column, skulls, and vertebrae and rib bones of small and large whales. Outside of the Museum is our "Bone Garden" exhibit, and our interactive "Ocean Beach Discovery" exhibit (open seasonally) that gives young visitors a hands-on experience while learning about the ocean and its many treasures.
The Gift Shop area of the Museum is one of the main sources of funding that helps support our life-saving work with the animals. Our ever popular "Cupid the Seal" apparel is available in a variety of styles, as well as marine mammal and sea turtle themed books, toys, drinkware, ornaments, household decor, and other unique gifts. Can't make it in person? Our Online Gift Shop is always open, browse our Featured Items below!
As a working wildlife rehabilitation facility, the hospital side of our property is not open to the public. However, when we are caring for seals in our hospital our patients may be viewed via an extensive remote camera system on a large screen inside the Museum.
Take your time and explore our one of a kind Sea Life Museum! Our Educators are available to talk to you about MMSC's mission of Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release, and answer any questions you may have during your visit.
Sponsored by our friends at Ocean Casino Resort Atlantic City, this unique outdoor exhibit (open seasonally) helps beachcombers of all ages identify the many treasures that may be found at the Jersey Shore, and encourages everyone to keep our beaches clean.
Learn about the fascinating lives of marine mammals and sea turtles, and how you can help protect them, through our educational displays. Explore our amazing collection of marine mammal and sea turtle artifacts, including skulls, bones, teeth, whale baleen, pelts and fossils!
This 1930's era military Dodecagon (12-sided) building was initially built during war-time to disguise sonar equipment in a Coast Guard base on the Island of Brigantine. The building survived many storms, but fell into despair over the years and was moved in the 1970's by the city to where it resides now. When the MMSC took over the property, we enlisted the help of Telephone Pioneers of America to reconstruct it into an environmental education facility.
Museum cupola being rebuilt.