Marine Science Center Introduces New Space

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center opened their new downtown exhibit space and store to the public last month. The Flagship Landing building, at 1001 Water Street, was purchased by the non-profit in August and will also eventually house its aquarium, labs, and offices.

The organization, which marks its 40th anniversary this year, called attention to its offerings, which include citizen science projects, life-long education programs and exhibits, and a store for marine-friendly products. “What better way to celebrate 40 rides around the sun for this collaborative community committed to inspiring conservation of the Salish Sea,” said Janine Boire, executive director.

A building on the pier at Fort Worden State Park has been the home of the marine science center since 1982. The aquarium will continue to operate there until the pier is removed by Washington State Parks in the coming years. The current museum building, onshore at Fort Worden, will eventually become an environmental field station and lifelong learning center.

Ellen Hargis, the marine science center’s board president, said renovation of the Flagship space will include retrofit- ting for seismic preparedness as well as measures to miti- gate the effects of sea level rise and weather extremes. The entire project is expected to span five years.

The new downtown facility is open to the public Friday through Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. Plans are under way to open six days a week beginning in May. For the latest information, visit