Press Questions, Photo Requests & Filming Inquiries

To arrange a press visit, receive Aquarium information and for all other press inquiries, contact:
Dave Sigworth, Publicist, at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232, or dsigworth@maritimeaquarium.org

High-resolution photos of The Maritime Aquarium's animals and exhibits are available for download 24/7 at flickr.com/photos/Maritimeaquarium.  No user name or password is needed. Unless noted otherwise, please credit The Maritime Aquarium.

The Maritime Aquarium is available as a location for commercial filming. Click here for details.

 

 

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June 13, 2017                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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NORWALK, CT – Plunge deep into the Brazilian rain forest for a giant-screen journey of discovery among glittering butterflies, surprising insects and a prowling jaguar in the new IMAX movie "Amazon Adventure," opening July 1 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The compelling story of 19th-century scientific breakthrough will play at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily through Labor Day in Connecticut's largest IMAX Theater, with a screen that's six stories high.

"Amazon Adventure" recounts the extraordinary work of naturalist Henry Bates, who the filmmakers call "the most influential scientist you've never heard of." Beginning in 1848, Bates risked his life for science during an 11-year expedition into the Amazon rain forest, and his findings provided the "beautiful proof" for Charles Darwin's then-controversial theory of natural selection, the scientific explanation for the development of life on Earth.

Filmed in the lush Amazon region, with scenes of sloths, brilliantly colored birds and amazingly camouflaged insects and lizards, "Amazon Adventure" lets audiences join Bates as he searches for clues about how and why species – particularly butterflies – change and adapt over time.

"I saw strange creatures that hide in plain sight by looking like something completely different," Bates (played by Calum Finlay) says in the film. "A 'leaf' that flies. 'Bird droppings' that walk ... A 'flower bud,' whose nectar attracts a bee, is really a spider. So with your disguise, you get eaten less and get to eat more, a double advantage."

Bates discovered more than 8,000 species new to science. His collections demonstrated that species to adapt, thus supporting Darwin's theory and disproving the then-common belief that "species were divinely created in their current form, that they never changed, and never would."

Painstakingly researched for three years, “Amazon Adventure” enlisted the expertise of more than 100 scientists and historical advisors. The team’s commitment to authenticity not only resulted in this rigorous re-creation, even using actual instruments and tools from the 1850s, but the writing team also incorporated many of Bates’ own words, as he was a gifted storyteller.

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June 13, 2017                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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NORWALK, CT – The new IMAX® movie “Amazon Adventure” shows how an important discovery about natural selection was made in the Amazon. You can do your selecting on Amazon – the company – to support The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and to discover what’s happening at the popular Connecticut family attraction.

AmazonSmile

Online shoppers who make purchases through an Amazon.com program called AmazonSmile now can designate The Maritime Aquarium as their favorite charitable organization. It doesn’t cost consumers anything, but the Aquarium will benefit.

Shoppers at smile.amazon.com will find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as at Amazon.com, with the added bonus that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate an eligible portion of the purchase price to The Maritime Aquarium.

“It’s no different than shopping at Amazon.com; you’re merely starting at a different web address,” said Dave Sigworth, the Aquarium’s publicist. “Just be sure to designate The Maritime Aquarium as your charity when you first visit the page, and bookmark smile.amazon.com for all your online shopping, and we’ll receive a portion of your future eligible purchases.”

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June 14, 2017                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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NORWALK, CT – The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is celebrating another national kudo as Reader’s Digest has named the popular attraction the “Best Family Travel Destination” in Connecticut.

The Maritime Aquarium is Connecticut’s entry in “The 50 Best Family Travel Destinations in Each State,” recently published on Reader’s Digest’s website. Under a photo of the sharks in the Aquarium’s “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit, Reader’s Digest says:

There's something about peering through the glass into an underwater world that completely captures children's imaginations. At The Maritime Aquarium, kids can get up close and personal with marine animals at the Touch Tank, see hundreds of beautiful jellyfish at the Jellies exhibit, and learn about the unique ecology of the Long Island Sound. Be sure to hang around to watch feeding time for the noisy seals!

Others destinations on the list include Horseshoe Bend of the Grand Canyon (Arizona), Disneyland (California), Boston Public Garden (Massachusetts), the St. Louis Zoo (Missouri), Glacier National Park (Montana), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Ohio) and Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia).

See the article at http://www.rd.com/advice/travel/best-family-travel-destinations-by-state/

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June 6, 2017                                                                                                 (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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NORWALK, CT – Sample the best of South Norwalk’s restaurants amid pulsing jellyfish and pink flamingos – live pink flamingos, not the vodka cocktail – during a fun adults-only evening on Thurs., June 22 in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

“Maritime with a Twist” is a special but casual affair that celebrates and connects SoNo’s food and drink with SoNo’s anchor, The Maritime Aquarium. From 6 to 8 p.m., guests 21 and over can explore the entire Aquarium, including the expanded new jellyfish exhibit “Journey with Jellies” and a special exhibit featuring gorgeous Chilean flamingos.

Pay one price at the door and then enjoy happy-hour samplings from such neighborhood restaurants as Cask Republic, El Segundo, Killer B, Hell or High Water, The Spread, Match, Prime Burger, Washington Prime, Tablao and Rio Bravo, as well as the meal-delivery service Maikana Foods.

Area craft breweries and artisanal distilleries offering their products will include Aspetuck Brew Lab, Asylum Distillery, Hartford Flavor Company, Charter Oak Brewing, 212 Brewing and Spiked Seltzer.

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May 15, 2017                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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NORWALK, CT  –  Aquar.flamingo copy 2No bird may claim a cultural influence as big and long as the flamingo, and no place in Connecticut is featuring the big pink icons this summer except The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

A small flock, or “flamboyance,” of flamingos will be standing – often, on one leg – in the aviary on the Aquarium’s riverfront courtyard from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. (That’s May 27-Sept. 4.) The exhibit is free with Aquarium admission. 

“For family fun this summer, The Maritime Aquarium has more big sharks, the greatest variety of jellyfish, the only black dragon and the ‘greenest’ research vessel, while also being the most affordable aquarium in New England,” Sigworth said. “This flamingo exhibit is the pink icing on the cake.” 

Sigworth added that the flamingos exhibit will complement the new IMAX® movie, “Amazon Adventure,” opening July 1 on the Aquarium’s six-story screen.

“People love flamingos because they’re just such a big and beautiful and interesting bird,” said Dave Sigworth, the Aquarium’s publicist. “Cultures have been celebrating them for ages – literally – and now we’re offering our guests the exclusive chance.” 

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April 27, 2017                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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NORWALK, CT  –  Sometimes, at the end of a long hard work week, you just want to go for a boat ride.

So, beginning Fri., May 5, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is obliging.Aquar.TGIF cruises copy 2

The Aquarium is offering new “TGIF Cruises” each Friday at 6:30 p.m. Educators will be onboard to point out sights and wildlife, but there’s no structured program.

“These cruises are nothing more than a relaxing, 90-minute trip out to the Norwalk islands; a fun chance for families and friends to unwind during a Friday evening out on the water,” said Dave Sigworth, the Aquarium’s publicist.

Get back at 8 p.m. in time to enjoy a late dinner or an evening out just steps away in the restaurants and nightspots of SoNo.

Food and drink are not available for purchase on the boat, but you may bring food and beverages in a small bag or soft-sided cooler. Glass bottles are prohibited.

Tickets are $29.95 ($19.95 for Aquarium members). The “TGIF Cruises” are open to all, including children. But participants must be at least 42 inches tall to come aboard.

Cruises occur aboard R/V Spirit of the Sound™, a 64-foot catamaran that is the only research vessel in the country with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. She has a climate-controlled cabin but guests should dress for weather out on deck.

Advance reservations are strongly suggested. Reserve tickets online at www.maritimeaquarium.org or call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

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Jan. 27, 2017                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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NORWALK, CT  –  Soar over the world’s tallest buildings, race in a solar-powered car and scale epic bridges – while also celebrating the inspired work behind them all – in “Dream Big: Engineering Our World,” the new IMAX movie opening Feb. 17 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.Aquar.IMAX.DreamBig.GoldenGate copy 2

This spectacular film will show at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily in Connecticut’s largest IMAX Theater, featuring a screen that’s six stories tall. It’s narrated by Academy Award®-winner Jeff Bridges, and sponsored locally by Bankwell.

Produced in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers, “Dream Big” is the first giant-screen movie created with a STEM focus. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.) For educators bringing their students to “Dream Big,” more than 50 hands-on engineering activities, lesson plans and videos are available online, all with a connection to a story or theme in the film.

“We know that educators are looking for new and effective ways to teach STEM, as required by state and federal standards,” said Tom Naiman, the Aquarium’s director of education. “‘Dream Big’ supports that effort in a very exciting way.”

Naiman added that “Dream Big” is not just for school groups.

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Sept. 22, 2016                                                                                             (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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Aquar.preschool ribbon cutting.4webNORWALK, CT – Nearly 200 Norwalk youngsters have a unique new community preschool that offers early-childhood STEM curricula and family enrichment by utilizing the resources of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and Grace Baptist Church.

Maritime Odyssey Preschool officially opened this morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Nathaniel Ely School in South Norwalk. The school is a partnership between: Odyssey Early Learning, which is the lead educational provider; The Maritime Aquarium, which provides science-education content expertise; and Grace Baptist Church, which will host workshops for families on such topics as parent education and financial literacy.

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Sept. 21, 2016                                                                                             (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232   
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NORWALK, CT – Nearly 2,000 students from 10 Fairfield County towns will explore how severe storms, erosion and other environmental hazards threaten their communities – and also how they can participate in lessening the effects – thanks to a three-year, $484,955 federal grant to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The grant, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the largest federal award received in The Maritime Aquarium’s 28 years. It will fund an initiative called “Sound Resilience – Get On Board!” Over the next three years, The Maritime Aquarium will use the grant to involve as many as 1,875 middle- and high-school students in Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton, Weston, Fairfield and Bridgeport. Education and research will occur in school classrooms and also aboard the Aquarium’s hybrid-electric research vessel, R/V Spirit of the Sound™.

In addition, professional-development workshops will benefit more than 150 teachers from those towns.

The Norwalk Parking Authority has teamed up with The Maritime Aquarium to add an online prepay option for Aquarium guests planning to park in the city's Maritime Garage.  Prepay your parking online and save 20 percent!

It's only available to Maritime Aquarium guests who purchase their Aquarium tickets in advance online.   Get the press release here.

 

The Maritime Aquarium was honored last fall by TripAdvisor with a rating that placed us as the No. 1 aquarium in New England.

Now, Yankee Magazine – in its Editor's Awards in the May/June issue – agrees, by naming The Maritime Aquarium as "Best Family Attraction" in New England. Ah, shucks, guys. Get the press release here.