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.



2014 Festival of Lighthouses Contest

Calling all Artists!

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Want to build a lighthouse and maybe win some money?  The Maritime Aquarium is accepting applications for our 13th annual “Festival of Lighthouses Contest” this fall.  The contest/exhibit can take as many as 24 large model lighthouses, which will be displayed from mid-November through mid-January. Aquarium visitors can enjoy the lighthouses and then vote for their favorite.

The lighthouse with the most votes will win the $1,500 first-place prize. There are other monetary prizes for second- through sixth-places.

(Pictured: 2012 winner – David Bishop of New Rochelle, N.Y., with his entry, "Dark Harbor.")


Interested in building a lighthouse? Click on the pdf below to see all of the contest rules. Be sure to add your email address to our list and we'll send you our entry brochure each spring. pdfLighthouse_Brochure-2014-15.pdf




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 May 24 - Labor Day

Lorikeets familyStep into a lush aviary to share a laugh, a squawk and maybe a cup of nectar with beautiful tropical birds that will sip food right out of your hands in “Lorikeets,” our big fun special summer exhibit. Set in an aviary on our riverfront courtyard, the exhibit will feature more than 50 free-flying lorikeets, which are colorful medium-sized parrots native to the south Pacific. Entry into "Lorikeets" will be free with Aquarium admission. But purchase a $3 cup of nectar and the lorikeets may land on your hand, your shoulder, your arm or even your head to get at this sweet liquid.

For anyone with an aversion to close encounters with birds, viewing of the lorikeets will be possible from outside the aviary.


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Touch-a-jellyfish exhibit open on weekends and holidays; daily in July & August

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This new exhibit invites you to do something you've tried to NOT do all your life:  touch jellyfish!

Gently touch the tops of live moon jellies as they pulse in our new exhibit, which is open on weekends & holidays. (Daily in July & August.)

How is this possible without being stung? The stinging cells of moon jellyfish hang on tentacles below their bodies. Also, their sting is known to be relatively benign for most people.


International Children's Art Exhibit


Art in its simplist form.
May 15 - Sept. 2

See how 120 young artists from 22 countries shared important moments that reflect their cultures in this special gallery display open through Labor Day.

The 18th International Children’s Art Exhibit is presented by Creative Connections in Norwalk. It's displayed in our IMAX Theather lobby, so paid admission is not necessary to view it.

Theme of this year's show is “Food for Thought." The drawings and paintings were created by children (ages 8 to 18) who were challenged to share a cultural belief or value that is meaningful to them. The catch: they also had to include food somewhere on their art piece or in their description.

Coverage of opening night by It's Relevant:


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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