Join us at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday the 16th) for some kind words from Gov. Dannel Malloy and Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia, and a slice of cake, as The Maritime Aquarium celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Did you know that the Aquarium was built out of an abandoned overgrown former iron works factory dating to the 1860s? (Well, with the exception of our IMAX Theater, which was built new.)
And did you know one of the original purposes of The Maritime Aquarium was to inspire the revitalization of the South Norwalk neighborhood? (We’ve succeeded. The Maritime Aquarium is now flanked by a 100,000-square-foot office building, more than 200 apartment and condominium residences, a seven-story 769-space parking garage and more than 40,000 square feet of new retail space. Work is progressing on a new residential-retail complex at the site of the former Norwalk Company and on an 11-acre mixed-use development called 95/7 just to the north of the Aquarium.)
On this silver-anniversary occasion, let’s take a look in and around the Aquarium, before and after: