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Ocean Institute

Hands-on marine science museum


The Ocean Institute invites you to explore the ocean's underwater world and California's fascinating maritime history through fun, interactive programs and family activities that indulge your ocean curiosity.

The Ocean Institute invites you to explore the ocean's underwater world and California's fascinating maritime history through fun, interactive programs and family activities that indulge your ocean curiosity.


On weekends, we open the campus and welcome you to explore our site-wide, immersive journey into the mysteries of the Pacific Ocean. Come and learn all about Moon Jellies, encounter live animals in our Discovery Pool touch-tank, join in animal feedings, and even conduct squid dissections if you're adventurous!


Exhibits open: The atrium, alcove ,Whale Court, Maddie James Seaside Learning Center and Ocean Education Center (Includes Pilgrim tour on most Sundays, 10:00am – 2:30pm)

  • Saturday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • New Years Day
  • Easter
  • 4th of July
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas
  • Ocean Institute
  • 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr.
  • Dana Point, CA 92629

$0.00 - $10.00

  • Ages 0 - 1: Free
  • Ages 2 - 12: $7.50
  • Ages 13 and over: $10.00

Free, provided on location.

Suitable for: 3 - 17

Phone: (949) 496-2274

Web: Click to Visit

Museums, Homeschooling
Activity Name Next Occurrence Suitable Ages
02/27/2017 3 - 17

Event dates, times and cost are subject to change without notice. Before heading out, please contact the event organizer to verify the information provided. If you have questions about a particular event, please contact the event organizer directly.

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