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Tours are suspended until further notice.


We look forward to reinstating public access to the Station after community spread of the novel coronavirus has subsided. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


We offer tours of the Station on a limited basis. See the information below, and contact us if your group meets our guidelines.


Hopkins Marine Station is the oldest marine station on the west coast and is still a thriving center of marine research. As part of our outreach efforts, we provide tours of our facilities to share the diversity of research currently underway at Hopkins with young scientists, and to answer questions about our work and what it means to be a “marine biologist.”


HMS tours are available to educational groups ONLY (high school and above) and Stanford dorm groups.


Tours may be scheduled by contacting hopkinstour [at] Please refer to the scheduling guidelines below before contacting us to arrange a tour.

Tour scheduling guidelines

We are an active research institution, and our tours are guided by graduate students and postdoctoral researchers on a volunteer basis. In order to respect and value our scientists’ time, we maintain that:

  • Tours must be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance
  • Tours may only be scheduled Mon. - Fri., between 10am and 4pm*
  • Tours are not available on national holidays or during Stanford academic breaks
  • No more than 4 tours are scheduled each month and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis

Suggested tour guidelines for Stanford dorm groups

We offer tours to only those dorm groups who have a specific interest in marine biology. If that describes your group, read on for some guidance. If you would like to learn more about Hopkins Marine Station before making the trip, we encourage you to make contact with our main campus representatives via email or at their office hours at the Earth Systems Office (Y2E2 131):

In order to avoid low attendance by your students and maintain goodwill with our graduate student volunteers, please consider the following:

  • Require those students who sign up to make a $10 deposit on the trip. If they show up for the tour, give them their money back.
  • Establish a minimum number of students signing up to make the trip a “go” (25-30, expecting some attrition on day-of).

Note regarding access to the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Tour groups who would like to access the Aquarium under the proviso of an "Educational Group" may now make their own reservations online.

NOTICE - Late arrivals

Please respect our scientists’ time and inform us as soon as you know that you will be more than 15 minutes late. Tours for groups that arrive late will be cancelled unless we receive notice, and will be cancelled regardless if you are more than 45 minutes late.