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Ocean Explorer Centre

| Scottish Marine Institute, Dunbeg, Oban PA37 1QA, Scotland
+44 1631 559123
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Amazing place

What a great place to spend the day with children. We visited on Monday 13th February this year... read more

Reviewed February 17, 2017
Oban, United Kingdom
A hidden gem

We visited here on a wet October afternoon with our 3 boys (9,12 and 13), and we weren't... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2016
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
via mobile
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Explore how our oceans work. Hidden in a small space is a treasure trove of exciting info you are encouraged to discover using an underwater camera, 3-D globe, microscope, Arctic tunnel, films, science gear and computers. A real 'edutainment' experience! It's the 'shop window' of a major marine research & education organisation and thus provides access to our blue planet's world of marine science.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good23%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
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| Scottish Marine Institute, Dunbeg, Oban PA37 1QA, Scotland
+44 1631 559123
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Reviewed February 17, 2017

What a great place to spend the day with children. We visited on Monday 13th February this year. This was our first visit but will not be our last. Staff are so friendly, the food was great and very well priced.I visited with my Daughter...More

Thank Gyllar
OceanExplorerCentre, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Explorer Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2017

Thanks ever so much for the kind words about our visitor centre. Please come again and tell your friends and family about us.

Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

We visited here on a wet October afternoon with our 3 boys (9,12 and 13), and we weren't disappointed. It's a small space, but wonderfully set out, thoughtfully resources to appeal to all ages. There really is something to keep everyone occupied. The boys loved...More

Thank doonhamergeordie
Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

Highly recommend. Informative, good videos, microscopic sessions and an friendly, knowledgeable staff that are happy to take time out with you. An excellent free hour or so for the family.

Thank Andy W
Reviewed October 15, 2016

I popped in here with my granddaughter last week. It was free and the receptionist was very friendly and very helpful. We spent the next hour or so learning all about the work being done next door in the Labs. It has made me think...More

Thank BAM1207
Reviewed September 29, 2016

This is a great display of the wonders of the ocean, and also shows the bottom and structure of Loch Etive nearby. A must see!

Thank GeorginaW
Reviewed September 8, 2016

5 minutes walk from Dunstaffnage castle entrance. This is an informative, educational and inspirational resource provided by an organisation dedicated to finding sustainable ways to take care of our oceans. There are child-friendly interactive exhibits and small games and projects aimed at children aged 6-11...More

Thank EricaManchester
Reviewed August 19, 2016

Loads of activities for the kids, some more challenging than others! Handy café onsite too, serving good food with allergy information easily visible on the menu for those who require.

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Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

Most people travel down to Dunstaffnage from Oban to visit the Castle, which is a good site in itself. At the Explorers Centre the focus is science rather than history, with lots of exhibits taken from the various expeditions the marine biologists and scientist have...More

Thank CurtLewinsky
Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

Plenty of hands on activities which promote science with infants/juniors. Staff very helpful and friendly. Educative for dad, too! Nice, small cafe to have a break while the kids explore. Free to enter, but put in the donation box if you can, as this type...More

Thank David W
Reviewed July 11, 2016

Great little centre. Kids enjoyed completing the quiz sheets and looking through the microscope and camera.

Thank Marie M
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