Marine Science Day 2024

Marine Science Day


Join us for Marine Science Day 2024!

We are thrilled to be hosting our 22nd annual #MarineScienceDay open house event on Saturday, June 1, 2024. For one day a year only, nearly every corner of our campus is open to the public to speak to our scientists and students while getting a behind-the-scenes look at the important research and advisory services VIMS provides to the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond!

Located in Gloucester Point, this fun-filled family-friendly event features exhibits, children's activities, seining in the York River, tours, seafood cooking demonstrations, mini-lectures, and more. This event is completely free, open to the public, and takes place rain or shine! All exhibits and timed activities are included with entry. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site throughout the event.


Advance registration is highly encouraged to aid in timely check-in on the day of the event. Please use the link below to request tickets for each member of your party, and if possible, print and bring with you on the day of the event.

Register for this year's event here!

Marine Life Costume Contest

All ages are invited to participate in the MSD 2024 Marine Life Costume Contest by wearing original costumes of marine plants or animals.  Awards will be given for:

  • most original plant or animal
  • most creative use of sustainable materials
  • best group costume
  • best representation of a plant or animal
  • grand prize. Grand Prize winner receives an official Marine Science Day t-shirt as well as a VIMS prize pack valued at $50.

Register for the costume contest here!

MSD Timed Events and Exhibits

Check back in the spring for updates on this year's events, including timed events and exhibits!

Marine Science Day 2024 is made possible by the generous support of:


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