Charleston Marine Life Center

Open This experience is open for on-site visitation; however, offerings and/or operating procedures may have changed due to COVID-19. Please verify details before you go and visit the COVID-19 Resources page for more information.

Part aquarium. Part museum. All discovery.

Located on the edge of the harbor in Charleston, the University of Oregon’s Charleston Marine Life Center is an exciting place of discovery for all ages, any time of the year. Aquaria highlight different coastal habitats and animals—from the Giant Pacific Octopus to colorful sea slugs, with a mesmerizing variety of life in between. Reach into the touch tank and feel the grasp of an anemone’s tentacles, and if you’re patient, tickle a fish.  Underwater videos from Oregon’s marine reserves and from undersea volcanoes reveal the hidden and remarkable diversity of life offshore.  Check out killer whale and gray whale skeletons from below and face to face.  Use microscopes to zoom into hidden details, and binoculars and spotting scopes to spy on seabirds.  Soak up the harbor activity, enjoy a close-up view of the day’s catch being unloaded and watch seals and sea lions a few feet away.

Open Wednesdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.***The Charleston Marine Life Center is Temporarily operating under Closed Campus regulations and not open to the public. It is their hope that they will be able to open to the public sometime this summer 2021. All virtual programming for k-12 is in effect, for more details, please contact the CMLC directly.***

Admission: Kids Free, Adults $5, Seniors $4