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It's all within an easy walk of the [train] station too – including The Maritime Aquarium, the one relatively new building in the group and the one that enables grownups to enjoy browsing and shopping while still entertaining the children."
– The New York Times
About Us

Moon Jellies Fun fact

The jellies featured in the Aquarium are in exhibits specifically made for jellies, which would get sucked into the filtration systems of regular exhibits. (Jellies aren't strong swimmers.)

 

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Key Facts

Animals

The Maritime Aquarium’s harbor seals are fed 1,089 times per year.  That’s more than 25,000 square (actually, fish-shaped) meals since the Aquarium opened in 1988!

The Maritime Aquarium’s animals consume more than 14 tons of fish every year.  And you thought you liked seafood!

Eighteen tons of salt are used every year to make salt water for the Aquarium’s tanks.  You should see the size of the salt shaker we have!

Building/History

The Maritime Aquarium opened on July 16, 1988, as “The Maritime Center.”  The name was changed in 1996 to better reflect the increasing number of marine life exhibits.

Once an old warehouse in disrepair, The Maritime Aquarium has become an anchor for the revitalization of South Norwalk and an economic engine for the entire region, welcoming visitors each year from all 50 states and abroad.

The Maritime Aquarium is different from most other aquariums, because it focuses primarily on the marine life of one body of water: Long Island Sou

Education

The Maritime Aquarium’s traveling teachers travel more than 26,500 miles every year to deliver education programs to more than 25,000 students.  That’s so many miles, we had to buy them a second bicycle.

No shuffleboard on our poop deck!  The Maritime Aquarium’s research vessel, Oceanic, cruises Long Island Sound more than 300 times per year, all year round, with public and student groups.  Educators on board introduce participants to the marine life of Long Island Sound and collect scientific data on water and air conditions and more.

Start polishing those apples, kids!  More than 150,000 school children are taught by Maritime Aquarium educators each year, but even a fun family visit offers endless opportunities for informal education on the marine life of Long Island Sound.

The Maritime Aquarium takes its mission to educate children and adults seriously.  We couldn’t do it without the support of admission revenues, members, and philanthropic organizations.

Bushels of fun and learning.  The Maritime Aquarium’s Red Apple Fund for Student Enrichment – supported by individuals, corporations, and philanthropic organizations – supplements the cost of Aquarium education for more than 10,000 students annually who may not otherwise be able to participate.

Entertainment/Exhibits

The Ocean Playspace (for infants to age 5 only) may look like just a fun place to play (which it is!), but it also has been carefully designed to promote motor skills, imagination, interactive play, coordination, balance, sensory awareness and more.

Membership

The Maritime Aquarium has more than 10,000 member families from throughout the tri-state area and across the country!

Volunteers

Volunteers contribute approximately 25,000 hours per year to the Aquarium, introducing visitors to the seals, rays and intertidal creatures of Long Island Sound. We love them!

 
 
 

The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound
and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment,
it achieves this goal through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

10 North Water Street          Norwalk, CT 06854          Phone: 203.852.0700         Fax: 203.838.5416

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation

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