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.




Open May 28-Sept. 5

Step into a magical environment all aflutter with exotic tropical butterflies in this special walk-through encounter!

"Flutter Zone" features dozens of varieties of beautiful butterflies from Asia and South America, all free-flying among Aquarium visitors.

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Plus, watch the amazing life cycle of butterflies unfold in our "Chrysalis Hut," featuring the chrysalises whose metamorphoses keep the exhibit stocked with flittering butterflies throughout the summer. 

Displays also emphasize the horticultural and agricultural importance of butterflies and other pollinators.  

"Flutter Zone" is free with your Maritime Aquarium admission.

Be sure to double your butterfly fun by choosing a screening of the IMAX movie "Flight of the Butterflies," which tells the amazing story of monarch butterflies and their multigenerational migration to Mexico.

See what's happening in "Flutter Zone" any time via our web cam!
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"Animals Without Passports" exhibit

Open now through Jan. 2, 2017

Animals w-out Passports1 4webThe large humpback whale population in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off Cape Cod supports a popular whale-watching industry. And, for the first time in decades, at least three whales spent the late summer of 2015 in western Long Island Sound.

But humpbacks aren’t in New England waters year-round and their annual international migration is the focus of the special exhibit, “Animals Without Passports."

Displays explore the challenges of humpback whales’ annual 3,000-mile roundtrip migration between New England and the Caribbean. Learn when and why the whales migrate, and the hazards they face as they cross ocean borders, including being entangled in fishing gear, being hit by boats and ships, and encountering pollution, loud noises and degraded habitats.

The exhibit is installed in the lobby of The Maritime Aquarium’s IMAX® Theater because it is a perfect tie-in to the movie “Humpback Whales,” showing daily through May 26.

“Animals Without Passports” tells its story by focusing on one whale, a female humpback named Salt who has been studied by researchers for 40 years. Trace Salt’s “family tree” as you also learn how scientists identify and track individual whales. Learn how New England's only national marine sanctuary partners with sister sanctuaries along the charismatic species' migratory route.


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.

10 North Water Street  •  Norwalk, CT 06854
Tel: 203-852-0700

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

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