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NORWALK, CT  –  Grants of $355,200 and $25,000 from Connecticut Humanities will support The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s continued rebound from the pandemic through new exhibits, educational programming and other experiences that introduce a more diverse audience to Long Island Sound.  Connecticut Humanities in late December announced $16 million in CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants to 624 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in the state, including... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Tuesday, March 8, 2022
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STEM-focused learning space, "Sea & Discover Zone," now open for preschoolers & parents

NORWALK, CT  –  Preschoolers and their parents can explore the aquatic world through books, artifacts, live animals, dramatic play and simple scientific tools in the “Sea & Discover Zone,” a new learning center now open in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.  Designed in accordance with the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards, the unique, permanent educational space debuted today [March 2]. Attending the special ribbon-cutting... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Wednesday, March 2, 2022
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The Maritime Aquarium Celebrates the Establishment of the Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Maritime Aquarium celebrates the establishment of the Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), designated today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the State of Connecticut.   Consisting of 52,000 acres of upland waters, tidal basins, salt marshes, and coastal waters in southeastern Connecticut, the newly established reserve represents the first Marine Protected Area of Long Island Sound, and the first within Connecticut state waters. ... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Friday, January 14, 2022
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Danielle Tranzillo named VP for Philanthropy & Engagement

NORWALK, CT  –  Danielle Tranzillo, who led the efforts to raise the private and public funds that carried The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk through its COVID financial crisis last year, is the Aquarium’s new Vice President for Philanthropy and Engagement. Tranzillo has been the Aquarium’s Director of Development since April 2020, a position she took just weeks after the South Norwalk attraction closed because of the COVID pandemic. The closing, which lasted for... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Monday, January 10, 2022
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"Happy Feet 4D Experience" Debuts Jan. 3 in Aquarium's 4D Theater

NORWALK, CT  –  Follow Mumble the dancing penguin in amazing 3D while also feeling the polar wind, falling snow and icy spray in “Happy Feet 4D Experience,” the newest cinematic family adventure at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.  Opening on Jan. 3, this 13-minute film is based on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ Academy Award®-winning film “Happy Feet.” Combining the excitement of digital 3D projection with... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Monday, December 27, 2021
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Popular Meerkats Move into Larger New Exhibit

NORWALK, CT  –  Connecticut’s only mob of meerkats – the popular family unit in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk – is moving into a big new exhibit that connects their desert story to the influences of the ocean on climate and weather.  Beginning Dec. 26, The Maritime Aquarium’s meerkats move upstairs into an exhibit twice as large as their original display. The new... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Thursday, December 23, 2021
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NORWALK, CT  –  The votes are in and “Shark Haven” is the winning name for the new shark exhibit at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.  Submitted by Christine Ostrowski of Fairfield, “Shark Haven” was the runaway choice during an online public vote Dec. 4 and 5, receiving more than half of the votes cast.   Other finalist choices were “Sandbar Ridge” and “Life of... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Tuesday, December 7, 2021
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NORWALK, CT –  Connecticut residents participating in the federal SNAP food-assistance program can now enjoy deep discounts for admission to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Beginning Nov. 1, state residents showing their SNAP EBT card and Connecticut ID at the door can receive Aquarium admission for just $3 per person, for up to six people. (No more than two of the six can be adults). The offer is for an unlimited number of visits. That’s a savings of $25.95 for an... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Monday, November 1, 2021
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Special Exhibit, "Think You Know Goldfish?," Opens Oct. 9

NORWALK, CT  –  They most likely were your first pet. You could win them at carnivals. Mom flushed them when they died. And there was a college craze in the 1950s of swallowing them.  But there’s a lot more to goldfish than that.  Delve into the underappreciated story of the goldfish in the special exhibit, “Think You Know Goldfish?,” opening Sat., Oct. 9 in The Maritime Aquarium at... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Friday, October 8, 2021
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Thank You to the Biden-Harris Administration for Fully Restoring Protections for The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

  October 8, 2021 On behalf of the nation's leading aquariums and zoos, we thank the Biden-Harris administration for fully restoring protections for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, the U.S. Atlantic Ocean’s only marine national monument. The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is a biodiversity hot-spot, home to a diverse array of wildlife, including endangered sperm whales, sea turtles, swordfish, sharks, and colorful deep-sea corals, some of... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Friday, October 8, 2021
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