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Coastal Interpretive Center

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Free; great thing to do on a rainy day

This might be small but it has lots of displays - most are designed for hands on engagement without... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Spokane, Washington
Lots of displays in a small place.

This place has a fun gift shop. Lots of pelts, bones, shells, and taxidermy animals that are found... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Hands-on learning experience, natural and cultural history of the area. Open 10-4 seven days a week. No entry fee required, but donations are welcome.
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1033 Catala Ave SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569-9761
+1 360-289-4617
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All reviews local history great for kids hands on activities volunteer staff interesting displays free admission great hands interesting things to see book store friendly volunteers learn something hidden treasure great place to visit gift shop donation information animals
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This might be small but it has lots of displays - most are designed for hands on engagement without using electronics. Each had lots of interesting and educational material. There is no admission fee, but donations are accepted to help support this non-profit organization.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has a fun gift shop. Lots of pelts, bones, shells, and taxidermy animals that are found in the local area. There is also an area showing some of the local beach finds. Another area hosts a small maritime exhibit. Outside they have various...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed February 19, 2019

A well curated and presented interpretative center, the Coastal Interpretive Center at Ocean Shores includes historical, ecological, biological, and flora/fauna displays demonstrating unique characteristics and qualities of the area. Staff are well informed and curiosities abound. Worth a visit!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank iris0507
Reviewed January 31, 2019

The couple running this museum are excited about what they do, always adding new things, and happy to share stories with you. The exhibits include nature, animals, local history and more. This is NOT your standard, stuffy, glassed-in museum. The place is old and loved,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank edspecial2017
Reviewed January 14, 2019

Very friendly staff. The displays are well put together and interesting. Geared towards adults and children. Interesting history of Ocean Shores. Lots of informational pamphlets. There is a gift/book store. The admission is by a $5 donation.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank radryan
Reviewed January 9, 2019

local history, some cool exhibits, kid friendly, free entrance for everyone--but leave a tip in the glass jar because the place needs it.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank anotherhumbleopinion
Reviewed January 5, 2019

wonderful spot to stop and get a feel for the area.....shipping history, native culture, the fauna and birds along with the animals. kids loved touching all the collections. lovely book shop.............wonderful staff

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank joni h
Reviewed October 23, 2018

What a hidden treasure. Note this is not a museum, and most of the displays are Hands on! The Staff is the best, the displays are authentic, the information is exceptional. This is the kind of place to go back to. So much History and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Erik S
Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

I found the brochure in the information center in Seabrook and found the Coastal Interpretive Center to be well worth the visit. It’s open weekends only at this time of year. I loved the Damon’s bookstore and Shop and of course found books to buy....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DoloresJacoby
Reviewed October 12, 2018

This center is natural sciences (biology, oceanography, botany, and so much more as it pertains to this area. Also Native cultures, sunken ships, natacal everything. Great spots though out for cute selfies. Great thanks from us to the army of volunteers who gather, research, display,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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October 16, 2016|
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Response from Beth H | Property representative |
Our trail behind the center is only about a quarter of a mile loop. While it's not very long, it does display native coastal plant and forest habitats. It is easy and relaxed, great for children! This is not to be confused... More