The Marine Mammal Center

The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito: Hours, Address, The Marine Mammal Center Reviews: 4.5/5

The Marine Mammal Center
4.5
Speciality Museums • Nature & Wildlife Areas • Educational sites
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The largest of six centers that rescue and rehabilitate seals and sea lions found along the California coast.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Ryan Witwicki Faddegon
Mill Valley, CA16 contributions
Outcasted
Sep 2019 • Solo
These people will drive you crazy. After giving a second attempt to volunteer three years later, I was left at the fish kitchen for duty constantly watching dishes. That's all had me do. It was a personal hell. They made bogus claims of praise, then suddenly call me a burden say am in the way getting meals and treatment to the marine mammal patients. That's really messed up don't ya think? I recommend not volunteering with these senseless people. My advice for them, none of them are fit for Marine Mammal Center so they'd outta leave. They have no understanding of the marine mammals, or the volunteers. Actually I was there in January of 2016 then again October 2018- January of 2019.
Written August 13, 2020
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Lynx123
San Francisco, CA136 contributions
An incredible place
Oct 2019 • Friends
To those who are not familiar with the Marine Mammal Center, it is a place where rescued or abandoned sick and injured marine mammals are nursed back to health and released back to the ocean. They have audio tours as well as guided tours every day. Extremely interesting and educational for kids. The exhibits and the tour raise the kids’ awareness of environmental as well as man made challenges facing marine mammals. Their facilities are very impressive, state of the art( or rather technology). For example, the water in the individual pools in the pans is filtered, sanitized and recirculated every 35 minutes to prevent cross contamination and keep the injured or sick animals healthy. It is a non profit organization. The bonus:
A million dollar view of the city and Golden Gate Bridge on a clear day!
Written October 15, 2019
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inekesg
Walnut Creek, CA112 contributions
How wonderful!
Jul 2019 • Family
It is incredible important to see what can achieved by all volunteers. Their job is very important for saving species and learning everything what is going on in the ocean. The guides can tell you everything about the animals and the bigger picture of the research. We visited the site several times and every time it’s a great experience!
Written August 1, 2019
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clairann2000
Colorado590 contributions
Amazing place, FREE, but the $5 tour is well worth it.
May 2019 • Couples
This 45 year old center had 157 seals, sea lions, etc. in residence the day we visited. You observe from a distance above and they are active and vocal...try to come at feeding time...we did NOT, but we reserved a guided tour in advance and the 45 minute tour was really informative. If you don't tour, do watch the various videos and guide yourself. Beautiful setting, but most importantly, great work.
Written May 31, 2019
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Alan L
Croydon, Australia244 contributions
Wonderful
May 2019 • Couples
This place does a great job looking after sick and injured sea mammals and we were quite happy to donate to a worthy cause. Here you can learn a lot on how we are messing up the world and what we can do to change. It doesn't take much, and we can make the future brighter.
Please note, it is free to go in and if you then think it is a good cause donate.
You can see the magnificent work saving seals, sea lions, see elephants etc, and there are so many volunteers that give there time. Fantastic work!
Written May 21, 2019
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Kwi_kwa_ju
The Netherlands203 contributions
Very interesting for the family
Apr 2019 • Family
This is a very small place to visit, but nevertheless well worth the trip. The staff are dedicated to explaining how the animals are recovered, for what reasons and how they take care of them so they can be later released. You will not see the animal up close, as they are being treated.

Just down the road ( 2 min drive), there is a nice small beach where you can relax (no swimming as the water is way too cold).

A nice advantage, is that it is very close to the Golden Gate bridge.
Written May 10, 2019
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Lesley B
Mountain View, CA2,884 contributions
Fabulous free & interesting facility
Apr 2019 • Couples
This Marine Mammal Center helps to rehab animals that are injured or can’t fend for themselves in the wild. It’s a charitable organization and you can adopt some of the patient animals. You can also volunteer to help!
Written April 13, 2019
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Barbara L
El Cerrito, CA57 contributions
They do good work, but hard to see animals
Mar 2019 • Couples
This is a great organization that does wonderful work, and their facility is located in a beautiful spot with picnic tables available. The staff is very outgoing and friendly. This is not like a zoo though. It is set up for the care of the rescued marine mammals and not for public viewing. The day we were there we could see 4 animals clearly, and the rest were not visible from the public areas.
Written March 21, 2019
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Mindy G
Springfield, Missouri5 contributions
Do not go here thinking you will see animals upfront!
Mar 2019 • Couples
I drove two hours hoping to see seal/sea lions/fur seals upfront. While the facility does a great job rehabilitating marine mammals and educating the public, I was hoping for a better view of these animals. If you are looking to just see them closer, I would recommend going to a wharf or other roadside overlooks for a better view. Like it was stated in another review, you can only see the first row of enclosures, of which we could only see two with seals.

If you take a tour, it will not take you through the enclosures!
Written March 19, 2019
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cedar4604
North Richland Hills, TX1,059 contributions
Good information
Mar 2019 • Family
These folks are really nice! They were full of information. The center serves a great purpose. The views of the animals were quite distant, but I loved the statues. Great views too.
Written March 16, 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Marine Mammal Center

The Marine Mammal Center is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM