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."

–  The Norwalk Citizen

Exhibits & Animals

Blue Crab Fun Fact

Blue crabs are good swimmers. Their specially adapted pair of back legs are "swimmerets" that help move them effectively through the water.



Your Aquarium Journey
Your Aquarium Journey
The Sound and Beyond
Hokin Family Sound Voyage galleries
Rivers to the Sound
Depths of the Sound
The Ocean Beyond the Sound
Jellyfish Encounter
Sea Turtles

Depths of the Sound Gallery and Intertidal Touch Tank

touchtank3-photoProgressing deeper into the aquarium, visitors enter the Depths of the Sound gallery, where exhibits showcase different habitats on Long Island Sound’s floor – and their inhabitants.

Some of the marine life displayed include: cunner, mussels and tautogs in “Pilings”; lumpfish and juvenile cod and pollock in “Boulders”; pouts, sculpin and lobsters in “The Muddy Bottom”; flounder, skates and porgy in “The Sandy Bottom”; cod, wolffish and sea ravens in “A Ship Wreck”; and “Schools of the Sound” filled with a swirling school of menhaden (commonly called bunker).

A special horseshoe crab exhibit has a slanting top so you can look down on these amazing looking animals, and then touch one at . . .

The Intertidal Touch Tank, where children enjoy supervised hands-on encounters with sea stars, hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, spider crabs, whelks and other harmless shoreline critters. This is one of the "musts" on your Aquarium journey.

Experience Our Schooling Tank 


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Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound

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

it achieves this goal through living exhibits, marine science,

and environmental education.


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The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation


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