Take a look at the largest specialized seal hospital in Europe! Every day, a team of dedicated veterinarians and seal nurses at the Sealcentre take care for sick, injured or orphaned seals. In the visitor center you are in the middle of the seal hospital and you can watch the care for the seals in different phases of the rehabilitation process. In addition, in the visitor center you will find all information about the two species of seals that can be found in the Netherlands and many fun things to discover.  

Due to the corona measures, it is mandatory to book your visit in advance on date and arrival time, this also applies to donators, adoptants, Wad and Buren pass owners, free tickets and tickets purchased through external partners. Before you come to visit, please check the house rules that now apply in the Sealcentre. Do you have another question? View the most frequently asked questions or contact us.

 

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Plan your visit

Summer holiday

Summer holiday

Visit the seals in 3 stages of rehabilitation, from indoor where they still receive intensive care to the largest outdoor basin. We also organise extra activities on a daily* basis, such as:

  • Quiz grey and harbour seal
  • Feeding presentation
  • Become a seal expert (+ certificate)
  • A fun search throughout the visitor centre
  • Temporary exposition

* Our activities depend on the seal nurses’ schedules and varies daily.

Celebrate with us

Celebrate with us

Sealcentre Pieterburen exists 50 years this year. What started in 1971 with a small tub in the backyard has now, 50 years later, grown into the largest seal hospital in Europe. That's why we have a little party every day in the Sealcentre, come along and celebrate with us.

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Opening hours & Tickets

Opening hours & Tickets

The Sealcentre is open daily from 10:00 am- 17:00 pm. Visit is only possible after booking a date and time slot, you will receive your ticket(s) immediately by email. If you don't have a ticket or donators pass yet? Then these prices apply:

Adult € 9,50 
Child 4-12 years € 6,00
Child 0-3 years gratis
Student* € 6,00

* On presentation of a student card

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The seals

The seals

Orphaned seal pups are taken care of in summer and winter. And through out the year we help seals that are sick or injured. That makes every visit to the seals different. The number of seals can differ per month, check which seals are currently staying in Pieterburen.

TO THE SEALS

Virtual reality exhibition

Virtual reality exhibition

The moment you put on the VR glasses, you find yourself between the seal mothers and their pups on the beach, in the middle of the Wadden Sea. With the VR glasses on you experience your own influence on nature and you learn what to do and not to do if you see a seal pup on the beach.  

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Wadden playground

Wadden playground

Ebb and flow are simulated between arbors and islands. Take off your shoes, and let the adventure begin! Climb to the other side with the ropes and catch small animals in the water with a fishing net. Or take a swim on warm days. There is a place to rinse yourself off again.

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Food & Drinks

Food & Drinks

In the Wadden Garden on the edge of the Wadden Playground you will find the Summer Pavilion. Open every weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and daily during the holidays for a cup of coffee, cake, lunch, ice cream or appetizers. Everything is prepared with regional products as much as possible.

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Giftshop

Giftshop

The cozy gift shop of the Sealcentre is brimming with unique seal items. Beautiful sustainable articles, fanwear and lots of seal toys. You will find the best souvenirs and gifts there. With every purchase in the store, online and offline, you support the seals in shelter. Check out the coolstuff in the webshop too.

Webshop

Wadden Sea boat tours

Wadden Sea boat tours

Come on board and explore the Wadden Sea with us. We regularly set out by boat to spot seals in the wild and of course to release seals after a period of rehabilitation. There are several boat tours, check the calendar and book your seat on board for an unforgettable experience.

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Route by car

The Sealcentre is located in Pieterburen, in the north of the province of Groningen and can be reached via the N361. From Leeuwarden towards Lauwersoog and from Groningen towards Winsum. From there, the Sealcentre is well signposted. There is sufficient parking space.

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Public transport

From the central train station in Groningen you take the Arriva stop train (direction Roodeschool) to Winsum station. From the bus stop in Winsum you take Bus 68 (direction Leens via Pieterburen) to Pieterburen and get off at bus stop Wiebenerweg. From there it is about a 5 minute walk to the Sealcentre

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Covid-19 information

The current corona measures also apply in the Seal Center. Booking your visit is necessary. Ticket sales at the box office is not possible, but you can still buy your tickets online in front of the door if there is still room. Please read our house rules before your visit.

HOUSE RULES