Connect to the Ocean
This permanent Sciencenter exhibition features a touch tank with live tide pool animals and exhibits about ecology, environmental science and conservation of water habitats.
Tide Pool Hours
Guests can explore the tide pool during museum hours and will also have the chance to touch animals at set times during the week. The Sciencenter welcomes guests to the Touch Tank: Tuesdays & Fridays 2:00 - 3:00 pm; Saturdays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm; and Sundays 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Live Animal Exhibits
Tide Pool Touch Tank Exhibit
The salt water tide pool Touch Tank features live tide pool animals, combining the Sciencenter's trademark hands-on exhibits with live animal elements typically only seen at a large, urban aquarium. The Touch Tank introduces guests - in a very hands-on way - to some of the animals that call the ocean home. It features marine invertebrates such as Chocolate Chip Sea Stars, Pencil Sea Urchins, Scarlet Hermit Crabs and various sea snails.
Reef Display Cube Exhibit
This salt water aquarium features coral reef species typically found in "back reef" areas where the waves and currents are strong. All species in this tank are bred and raised in captivity. This exhibit helps raise awareness among guests about aquaculture as a viable alternative to the often devastating and illegal harvest practices taking place in some of the most endangered coral reef areas.