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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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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May 2, 2017                                                                                                   (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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NORWALK, CT  –  More than $720,000 will be available to help present The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s environmental-education programming to students in the tri-state area, following the Aquarium’s “Cirque de la Mer” fund-raiser on April 20.

Aquar.Cirque17.Fowler copyThe annual gala replenishes a scholarship fund that helps to make the Aquarium and its unique marine-science and environmental-education programs available to schools in the tri-state area regardless of their ability to pay. Proceeds are used toward financial assistance for schools’ admissions, IMAX® movies and programs conducted at the Aquarium and in schools through Traveling Teacher presentations, as well as toward supporting the promotion of the Aquarium’s educational and conservation messages.

Of the $724,250 raised during “Cirque de la Mer,” $106,000 was generated during a “paddle raise” specifically to help schools meet the costs of buses for Aquarium field trips.

More than 400 guests attended this year’s gala, which featured cocktails in the Aquarium galleries and an elegant sit-down dinner, and silent and live auctions.

Highlight of the evening was the presentations of the Aquarium’s 18th annual Red Apple Awards, which honor companies, organizations and individuals who share The Maritime Aquarium’s concern for the natural world and environmental education. The 2017 recipients are Aquarium Trustee Clay Fowler (left), of Norwalk-based Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, and global insurer XL Catlin, which donated generously toward the Aquarium’s unique new hybrd-electric research vessel, as well as to its solar-panel initiative and Corporate Volunteer program.Aquar.Cirque17.XLCatlin copy

Also presented was the inaugural Red Apple Seedling Award to Elena Levin of Westport in appreciation for an animated video she and friends made for the Aquarium about water conservation. The new Seedling Award will celebrate conservation and/or environmental efforts of young people.

For more information about “Cirque de la Mer” or the Red Apple Fund for Student Enrichment, call The Maritime Aquarium at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2277.

 

 

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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.

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Aug. 29, 2016                                                                                              (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232
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Aquar.IMAX.Secret Ocean.Blenny 4webNORWALK, CT – Some of the tiniest creatures of the ocean emerge on the biggest IMAX® movie screen in Connecticut beginning Sept. 6 with the opening of “Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean” at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

This beautiful new film will play at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily through Oct. 3, and then show at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily through Feb. 16, 2017, on the Aquarium’s six-story screen.

It’s narrated by acclaimed oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, and pairs perfectly with a new 3,000-gallon coral reef exhibit – featuring more than 40 species of wildly colorful fish – also opening Sept. 6 in the popular Connecticut family attraction.

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July 18, 2016                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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Sketch n Release 4webNORWALK, CT – Some of the sharks, sea turtles, flounder and other marine animals at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk are looking a lot more colorful, thanks to the creativity of Aquarium guests and a new “Sketch and Release” interactive that sends their handiwork swimming up on a giant new video wall.

The “Sketch and Release” interactive displays on a new 9-by-32-foot video wall in Newman’s Own Hall, near the harbor seals. (It’s actually a panel of 32 55-inch monitors, combined to make the largest video wall in New England. The 4k high-definition resolution is state-of-the-art.)

“Sketch and Release” kiosks invite guests to choose between a digital seal, shark, squid, striped bass, flounder or sea turtle, and then color it however they want. When they’re done coloring their animal, they can give it a name and the kiosk then will display a page with natural-history information about the species. Another push of a button and their animal will join 49 others on the video wall, swimming around the animated 3-dimensional wreck of a ship called the Long Island Lucy.

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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.