We're Open!

Updated May 19, 2021

The health and safety of our guests and staff have always been and will remain the top priority of The Maritime Aquarium. We have implemented COVID-19 protocols based on Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state of Connecticut guidance while still ensuring our visitors enjoy an entertaining and educational experience.

As always, when you visit, our staff and signage will help guide you through the Aquarium so that you have a smooth experience, but there are some changes that you need to know both before you visit and while you are here.

Planning Your Visit


Hours of Operation

The Maritime Aquarium is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • The hours of 10 – 11 a.m. on Mondays are reserved for Aquarium members and their paid guests only (excluding holidays.)

The Aquarium is only closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. (Also please note that we close at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve and Christmas Eve.) 

Ticketing and Entry

We strongly encourage you to purchase tickets or make your member's reservation in advance online for your timed-ticket entry to speed up your check-in process.

Click here for member reservations 

Things to keep in Mind

  • Arrival times are listed in 30-minute increments, however, there is no time limit to your visit.
  • The last ticket will be sold 1 hour prior to closing.
  • Re-entry is only allowed within the timed ticket period.
  • All guests enter and exit through designated doors at our Main Entrance next to the bus circle.
  • The queue to enter the Aquarium is outdoors.
  • A staff member will check your reservation receipt. You may provide your receipt on your mobile device or a printed hard copy. There will be no exchange of items (i.e. tickets, maps membership cards).
  • A hand sanitizing station is available upon entry to the Aquarium, guests are encouraged to use this station prior to starting their visit.

Mask Requirements

All guests, members, employees, volunteers, and vendors must adhere to State of Connecticut regulations regarding cloth face coverings.

  • Masks are no longer required, but encouraged, for guests who are fully vaccinated and over the age of 12. 
  • Masks are required for anyone over the age of 12 who is not vaccinated and children between 2-12 years of age. 
  • Consistent with U.S. Coast Guard requirements still in effect, masks are required for ALL guests when aboard the R/V Spirit of the Sound.
  • Masks will be required for students, children and educators taking part in formal classes and programs in classrooms, consistent with the State mandate that masks will be required in schools.

The Maritime Aquarium reserves the right to deny access to our facility if a guest, member, employee or volunteer refuses to participate in these regulations at any time during their visit.

While You Visit the Aquarium


Touch Experiences

Animal touch tanks are open!

  • All guests are expected to utilize our hand washing stations before and after any touch experience.

All touchscreen experiences, including the Sketch and Release digital wall, are unavailable until further notice.


Restrooms and the nursing area are open to the public.

  • Restrooms are cleaned frequently using the recommended guidelines from the C.D.C.

Gift Shop

Our Gift Shop is open daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Following all State of Connecticut regulations for retail shops.
  • Contactless payment options are available.


Cascade Café

  • Prepackaged and made-to-order food is available.
  • Self-serve drink stations are closed until further notice. Bottled and canned beverages are available for sale. Coffee will be made to order by the café attendant.
  • Condiments and cutlery will be provided on request by the café attendant

Sound Bites Cafe

  • Located in the 4D Theater lobby, this coffee shop - a We Proudly Serve Starbucks® location - serves Starbuck's full menu of hot and cold drinks!
Click Here for More Information including Hours

Lost and Found

Until further notice, only high-value lost items will be held for reclaim. If you have lost one of these items during your visit please notify a team member.

These items include the following:

  • Jewelry
  • Cell Phones
  • Cameras
  • iPad
  • Wallets

Our Mission

Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

Contact Us

Open Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Members-Only Hours: Mondays from 10 - 11 a.m.

Phone: (203) 852-0700

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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