Feiro Marine Life Center

Feiro Marine Life Center: A marine center and aquarium that focuses on showing visitors and locals what is below the surface of the dark waters of the Puget Sound.

This museum, teaching center, and aquarium houses many of the live creatures that inhabit the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and are found within a 20 mile radius of Port Angeles. Included are several different kinds of starfish, anemones, crabs, scallops, fish and even a Giant Pacific Octopus exhibit.

The Center is a non-profit organization that exists to educate people about sea life in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Port Angeles's watery "back yard." As a result, the Center is privileged to host educational programs for over 1500 students plus visits from over 10,000 individuals annually.

The Marine Life Center is really fun for kids. They get hands on experiences including 3 touch tanks, the bones of larger animals that the Center has found or accumulated, and microscopes for viewing the smaller animals on display. Volunteer naturalists ensure that the questions of both kids and adults are answered and that your visit is a meaningful one. 

Feiro Marine Life Center Info

Feiro Marine Life Center

Feiro Marine Life Center Info

Location: 315 N Lincoln St, Port Angeles, WA 98362

Directions: End of Lincoln at the water. If your car is wet, you went too far. If your car is in the mountains, you went the wrong way.

Parking: Limited free parking close to the Center. More paid parking in the Red Lion parking lot.

Phone: +1-360-775-5182
Email: https://feiromarinelifecenter.org/contact/
Website: https://feiromarinelifecenter.org/
Covid-19 Status: Open for advance bookings only, on Fri-Sun. See Seasonal Hours.

  • 10am - 4pm Daily
  • Closed Tuesdays
  • Masks On! Hour - Saturdays 9am-10am

Facebook: Feiro Marine Life Center Facebook page
Tripadvisor: Feiro Marine Life Center Tripadvisor Reviews
Yelp: Feiro Marine Life Center Yelp Reviews

Getting to Feiro Marine Life Center

The Feiro Marine Life Center is situated in the center of downtown Port Angeles, WA, at the intersection of North Lincoln Road and Railroad Avenue. In fact, you'll see the Center at the north side of that intersection, behind an ample parking lot. The Port Angeles Pier is a natural extension of the space north of the Center, and beyond that are miles of water. Canada's Vancouver Island is visible in the distance. 

The Center is surrounded by downtown commerce, and is just a short walk from the Black Ball Ferry terminal. Black Ball operates the Coho Ferry which shuttles people and vehicles between Port Angeles Washington, and Victoria, B.C., Canada.

If Port Angeles is not your starting point: 

  • SequimWA is 17 miles (27.2km) and 30 minutes east of Feiro Marine Life Center.
  • Port Townsend, WA is 47.2 miles (76km) and 1 hour 7 minutes east of Feiro Marine Life Center.
  • ForksWA is 56.4 miles (90.8km) and an hour 9 minutes west of Feiro Marine Life Center.

Below: The colors inside tide pools might take one's breath away, both in the Feiro Marine Life Center's touch pools and in the wild tide pools along the Strait of Juan de Fuca such as those at Tongue Point (Salt Creek Recreation Area)....

This close up inside one of the Feiro Marine Life Center touch pools displays a variety of marine life that can be commonly found in the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Port Angeles WA.
This close up inside one of the Feiro Marine Life Center touch pools displays a variety of marine life that can be commonly found in the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Port Angeles WA.

About Feiro Marine Life Center

The Feiro Marine Life Center is located in downtown Port Angeles at the City Pier, and has been a part of the community since the fall of 1981. It was established as a public aquarium as well as an educational laboratory, and its purpose is four-fold.

  1. First, it maintains a public display of living marine organisms and ecosystems in the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
  2. Second, the Center is a teaching laboratory providing opportunities for marine science education. 
  3. Third, the Center provides to the public a peak into those marine studies, both past and present. 
  4. Fourth, it has become a fascinating attraction for tourists visiting the Olympic Peninsula.

Arthur Feiro, the Biologist

Feiro Marine Life Center would not have been possible without the person it was named after. 

Art Feiro was a well loved biologist who over his years in Port Angeles taught at several levels in the school system, from middle school, to high school, to Peninsula College which is Clallam County's community college in Port Angeles. He became the Peninsula College Biology professor from the time the college opened in 1961, and taught there for years.

A Marine Life Center was Mr. Feiro's lifelong dream for the community. His vision was to give people a hands-on experience of sea life and a chance to understand and explore the ocean and the life and secrets it hides under its surface.

Since its opening on November 21, 1981, the Center has done a great job of fulfilling its mandates. Art Feiro, who passed away just a year after the Center opened, would be proud to see it now.

Art Displayed at the Feiro Marine Life Center

As you stroll around Port Angeles, including the areas surrounding the pier, you may notice that there are quite a few art installations and murals in various places throughout the downtown Port Angeles area.

This artwork includes everything from amateur work done by local students to professional murals depicting different parts of the history of Port Angeles. Professional artists include Paul Blake, Larry Eifert, Cory Ench, and Clark Mundy, and of course we don't mean to neglect a shout-out to the talented students of the Port Angeles area. 

Two huge murals cover the exterior of the Feiro Marine Life Center. The center pole inside the Center also displays more wrought copper art. These are all pictured above. Plus, metallic sculptures adorn the Center's facade (see below). Learn more about Feiro Marine Life Center's art and artists here.

Front entrance to the Feiro Marine Life Center in Port Angeles WA.

What Visitors have to say about Feiro Marine Life Center

Out of 118 reviews on Tripadvisor, 60 reviews rate Feiro Marine Life Center as excellent, and 39 rate the museum and aquarium as very good.

  • One visitor commented on how great the museum and aquarium was for kids to touch and feel the sea life for themselves. They also pointed out how interesting the information is. They say this is a great place to stop for a dry land visit.
  • Another visitor came to Feiro with their spouse and they enjoyed themselves a lot. They commended the staff and volunteers for doing a great job and being happy to answer their questions and share information. They also recognized the draw the place could exert on kids. They say it is definitely worth a stop while you are exploring the Port Angeles pier area.
  • Another visitor said that the Marine Life Center was very affordable and a fun activity to do with one's spouse and kids, they were confident that everyone would enjoy the experience. They say that many visitors ask about tidepools, so this museum and aquarium is perfect because it has touch tanks where you can see and touch sea life from the very nearby Pacific Ocean. They also appreciated the volunteers and how passionate the volunteers were about the center.

Have you Visited the Feiro Marine Life Center in Port Angeles?

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