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The re-energized focus on Long Island Sound's story is obvious in the colorfully redesigned main hall, which has been renamed Newman's Own Hall in celebration of a $1.2 million grant from Newman's Own Foundation."

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The Maritime Aquarium, 25 Years Ago & Today

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:

Maritime Aquarium, before construction, circa 1987.

The empty shell that would become The Maritime Aquarium. Today, the seals are just to the right of the staircase tower. (This photo was taken roughly from where the "Meerkats" exhibit is today.)

Maritime Aquarium, today

The Aquarium staircase tower today, from approximately the same view.

Maritime Aquarium, old entrance, 1987

A view of what would be the Aquarium's main entrance from 1988-2001.

 

Maritime Aquarium, previous main entrance

The same scene, today.

Maritime Aquarium, IMAX site before construction, 1987

Ready for construction of our IMAX movie theater, in 1987.

Maritime Aquarium IMAX Theater

The IMAX Theater today.

 

Maritime Aquarium interior, pre-construction 1987

What would become part of the interior of The Maritime Aquarium, pre-construction, in 1987.

Maritime Aquarium interior.

From approximately the same spot, a view from in today's Sharks & Rays Gallery.

 

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and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment,
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