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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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You'll Learn Something Here!

A well curated and presented interpretative center, the Coastal Interpretive Center at Ocean Shores... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tacoma, WA
Hands on Learning. Something for everyone

The couple running this museum are excited about what they do, always adding new things, and happy... read more

Reviewed 31 January 2019
Federal Way, Washington
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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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 four adults friendly volunteers learn something hidden treasure great place to visit gift shop donation information
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 31 January 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 15 January 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 9 January 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 6 January 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 23 October 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 22 October 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 12 October 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
Thank TrailBlazer819466
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

This Interpretive Center is a great place to come to learn about the history of Ocean Shores. There are lots of real size animal figures, sea life, and plant life. A shipwreck display contains artifacts rescued from local sunken ships. Learn about the original people...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Suz1215
Reviewed 12 September 2018

The large Eagles Nest is the highlight. The center is small but very informative. Run by friendly volunteers. Something to do on a cloudy day. FREE.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank kim j
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16 October 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