whale tail breaching, whale watching boat in the background

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary offers some of the world’s premiere whale watching. Photo: NOAA/NOAA Fisheries permit #605-1904

Visiting Sanctuaries

Visit sanctuary discovery centers and exhibits at partner venues to learn more about the natural and cultural treasures these special places protect.


Mokupāpapa Discovery Center

Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, Hilo, Hawai‘i. Photo: Andy Collins/NOAA

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, Key West, Florida. Photo: NOAA

Olympic Coast Discovery Center

Olympic Coast Discovery Center, Port Angeles, Washington. Photo: Kate Thompson/NOAA

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, Alpena, Michigan. Photo: NOAA

Sanctuary Exploration Center

Sanctuary Exploration Center, Santa Cruz, California. Photo: NOAA