Center for Marine Education Gulfport

Where is it at?

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Center for Marine Education
10801 Dolphin Lane
Tel: 228 896 9182


From Interstate 10, take Exit 38 (Cowan-Lorraine Rd). Head SOUTH on Cowan Rd over drawbridge. Turn LEFT on Hillcrest Rd. Turn LEFT at stop sign (Old Lorraine Rd). Follow the road as it bends to the right and continue on Dolphin Lane for approximately 1 mile. The Center for Marine Education & Research will be on your right. From Highway 90, head NORTH on Cowan Rd. Turn RIGHT on Hillcrest Rd. Turn LEFT at stop sign (Old Lorraine Rd). Follow the road as it bends to the right and continue on

Where are we going today?

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) is a non-profit organization established in 1984 for the purposes of public education, conservation and research of marine mammals in the wild and under human care. The Center for Marine Education and Research (CMER) provides a place for IMMS to fulfill its mission and share its work with the public.

As South Mississippi's premiere marine education and conservation center, visitors of all ages will be engaged in a fun, hands-on learning experience that will help them understand and appreciate the species that make our Gulf Coast waters unique.

Explore our 2,000 sq.ft. museum filled with interactive and life-size replicas of sea creatures. Sift through the sand at the Fossil Dig to find a shark tooth. Experience an underwater adventure on the big screen in our auditorium. Encounter a horseshoe crab and get up-close with sea stars and other marine animals in our Discovery Room. We make learning fun! Tours last approximately 90 minutes.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$9
  • Children$7 to $9

When can we go?

Open to the public on a limited basis. Reservations are required. For information please contact Mi

Teachers corner

Bring your K-12 students to CMER for a field trip experience they'll love! Field trips available Monday through Friday, year-round. Admission is $2 per student, $3 per chaperone (teachers are free!). For reservations, please call (228) 896-9182, ext. 1752..

I'm Hungry!

Water and candy may be purchased at our Gift Shop. .

Any Top Tips?

Join our brand new Sea Explorer's Club! Participate in the Secrets of SCUBA, All About Fish, or Aquarium 101 to learn about snorkeling/SCUBA, fishing techniques, and how to set up an aquarium for your home! Sea Explorer's Club activities are available on select Saturdays. For more information, or to reserve your spot, please call (228) 896-9182! .

Doing our bit


Can I get one of those?

Our Gift Shop is located in the Museum at the Center for Marine Education & Research. We have wonderful marine-themed gifts for all ages! .

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