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

The Maritime Aquarium is now accepting applications for our 13th annual Festival of Lighthouses Contest this Fall. Visit for details.Vote for your Favorite – now thru Jan. 19

Make plans to visit and see the amazing entries in our 13th annual "Festival of Lighthouses Contest."  Lighthouses are new each year!

This year's exhibit showcases 24 large model lighthouses, built by local artists, families, individuals and students, daily through Jan. 19. The holiday display works like a juried art show except that you and thousands of other Maritime Aquarium visitors are the jury. Follow these creative beacons through our galleries and then vote for your favorite.

The lighthouse with the most visitor votes will win the $1,500 first-place prize. There are other cash prizes for second- through sixth-places. Come and place your vote!

(Pictured is a lighthouse of The Maritime Aquarium from a previous year's contest.)


Jiggle A Jelly

Jiggle a Jelly at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk! The touch-a-jellyfish exhibit is open on weekends and holidays; daily in July & August. Visit our website for more details:

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

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.


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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