Marine Mammal Care

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We invite you to visit us and learn about and be inspired by marine mammals and their ocean home.

Tickets are free (a $5 donation per person is appreciated) and must be reserved online in advance. Walk-ins are limited and are dependent on capacity. 

We are excited for you to visit the Marine Mammal Care Center! We are open for public visitation Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We are closed to public visitation Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. During your visit, you will get to see our seal and sea lion patients, enjoy various exhibits, join a scheduled lecture or activity, and learn from our experienced volunteer docents. You can also do some shopping in our gift store with all proceeds supporting the care and protection of marine mammals and our shared ocean.

The Marine Mammal Care Center is proud to offer tours in American Sign Language with a Deaf Guide. To book with a Deaf Guide, please contact dbader@marinemammalcare.org to coordinate a time and date. 

Public Visitation Hours

Open Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Open Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Open Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Open Monday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Closed Tuesday: All Day
Closed Wednesday: All Day
Closed Thursday: All Day

Closed on the following holidays: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, New Year’s Day

Getting Here

The Marine Mammal Care Center is located at 3601 South Gaffey Street #8, San Pedro, CA 90731.

For directions, we recommend Google Maps and search by “Marine Mammal Care Center” and not by our address. Once you reach South Gaffey Street, continue to 32nd Street and make a turn up the hill onto Barlow Saxton Road. Then, follow the signs to the Center.

If you’re using GPS, please double check that the directions are the same as the ones below.

  • Take the 110 Freeway SOUTH until it ends
  • Turn LEFT, heading SOUTH on Gaffey Street
  • Turn RIGHT at 32nd Street (Barlow Saxton Road), also the entrance to John Olguin High School
  • Follow the road up the hill, then back down to Leavenworth, and make a RIGHT at the Military Museum
  • Turn RIGHT into our parking lot, just after Angel’s Gate High School


If you arrive early, we recommend visiting attractions like the Korean Bell, Point Fermin Park, or Downtown San Pedro.

We rehabilitate wild animals with zoonotic diseases at our facility. Dogs will not be allowed in the hospital viewing area for their health and safety.

Please keep your voices quiet and do not shake the fence.

Yes, parking is free and right in front of our hospital.

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