Seacoast Science Center, Rye

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Founded in 1992, the Seacoast Science Center is a non-profit marine science education organization located in historic Odiorne Point State Park, right on the New Hampshire coast. Ocean education is what we do. Each year, our programs and exhibits teach 80,000 people, from toddlers to grandparents, about why a healthy ocean matters. We want everyone to understand that what they do every day influences ocean health and ocean health impacts their daily lives. Since 2007, we have completed two $1 million NOAA-funded capital improvements and expansion projects. In 2009 we opened our largest permanent exhibit, Tofu: The Journey of a Humpback Whale, using Tofu’s 32-foot skeleton and life story to interpret whale ecology in the Gulf of Maine. The exhibit was expanded in 2012, making it the largest public display of marine mammal skeletons in northern New England. In 2010, NBC’s TODAY Show recognized us as a Lend a Hand TODAY recipient: the only environmental education institution chosen that year. In 2014 we launched our Marine Mammal Rescue program to protect all marine mammals that haul out or strand on New Hampshire’s coast. The Center is open throughout the year, has a year-round crew of 20, and 1,400 member families from 20 states.

We educate to motivate with:

- Educational programs and environmental day camps for children, age 1 to 8th grade

- Family learning experiences with Evenings at the Seacoast Science Center and eco-adventure travel

- School programs that range from in-the-field and at-school, to after school

- Distance learning and video conferencing from our Gregg Interactive Learning Studio

- Aquariums that represent habitats from tide pools to the deep sea

- Fun and educational community events including our annual Music-by-the-Sea summer concerts,

- Rescue Run and Earth Day Celebration, Sippin’ for Seals fundraiser, and dawn-to-dusk BioBlitz!.
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  • We were looking for something to do on a rainy day. This was a perfect stop. The aquariums were beautiful. The story of the home the museum is built around was interesting. We spent a few hours there....  more »
  • This is a small place but if you take your time looking at everything you could be here up to an hour and then you have the state park to go to. We had library passes which brought our cost down to $5...  more »
  • New jellyfish exhibit. They have many aquariums with different kinds of sea creatures based on depth and areas of the oceans. They have a touch pool that is super fun for they young and young at heart. Super cool interactive walk thru museum. And a really cool gift shop.
  • A fantastic little museum with all the "big museum" amenities! They have wonderful, kid-friendly installations that are still appealing to adults. Lots of hands-on activities and several programs each day. It took me about 1.5 hours to meander around, and I saw a fantastic presentation about lump fish from Sara. She was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions. Lump fish are way cooler than I imagined! As a disabled person with a service dog, I found it easy to navigate all of the rooms. Sara was very kind to pull a bench over so I could sit for her presentation. My only issue was the restroom. It was clean and spacious, but the way it's situated would be challenging with a walker or wheelchair. EDIT: after posting, I received a post from the Science Center. There's a fully accessible restroom near the entrance. Lesson learned: ask! 😁 The bonus is that this wonderful center is right in a beautiful park! There are picnic tables, benches, and play equipment for kids.

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