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.