Press Questions, Photo Requests & Filming Inquiries

To arrange a press visit, receive Aquarium information and for all other press inquiries, contact:
Dave Sigworth, Publicist, at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232, or dsigworth@maritimeaquarium.org

High-resolution photos of The Maritime Aquarium's animals and exhibits are available for download 24/7 at flickr.com/photos/Maritimeaquarium.  No user name or password is needed. Unless noted otherwise, please credit The Maritime Aquarium.

The Maritime Aquarium is available as a location for commercial filming. Click here for details.

 

 

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Oct. 9, 2017                                                                                                (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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NORWALK, CT – Tickets are on sale now to experience “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in Connecticut’s largest IMAX® Theater when the latest episode in the saga premieres Dec. 15 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The Maritime Aquarium is only one of 10 theaters in the U.S. that will show “The Last Jedi” in 70mm IMAX film projection. (The next closest is in Philadelphia.) Thus, “Star Wars” fans won’t see “The Last Jedi” bigger or better anywhere in New England – or in the New York metropolitan area – than at The Maritime Aquarium with its six-story screen.

The Maritime Aquarium’s theater combines the brightest, clearest images at almost 10 times the resolution of standard-projection formats with powerful, laser-aligned digital sound and customized theater geometry to create the world's most immersive film experience. Director Rian Johnson shot portions of “The Last Jedi” with IMAX cameras, and those scenes will fill the Aquarium’s giant screen (in ways unavailable in conventional cinemas).

In an unprecedented move, The Maritime Aquarium is suspending its regular schedule of 40-minute IMAX documentaries from Dec. 15-Jan. 15 to present only “The Last Jedi.” Show times are 1, 4, 7 & 10 p.m.  (There’s only one show on Dec. 24 – at noon – and no shows Christmas Day.)

Tickets are $15 for adults, seniors and youths (13-17), and $12.50 for children (3-12). Get them online at www.maritimeaquarium.org. Aquarium admission tickets are separate.

Episode VIII in the “Star Wars” series and sequel to “The Force Awakens,” “The Last Jedi” stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. New cast members include Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern. Fisher died in December 2016, making “The Last Jedi” her final film role.

“The Last Jedi” is expected to have a rating of PG-13. It’s produced by Lucasfilm and will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

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Oct. 6, 2017                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – American Maritime Safety Inc. has announced that The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is among the recipients of its 2017 AMS Safety Awards.

AMS is a nonprofit maritime trade association that facilitates the maritime industry's compliance with international shipping protocols and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) regulations. The AMS consortium is comprised of more than 400 vessel owners and operators. It is the leading maritime industry association specializing in regulatory compliance in the United States.

Every year, the AMS Safety Advisory Committee presents member companies with safety awards in recognition of their dedication to preserving the marine environment and promoting safe vessel navigation, operations and maritime work practices. These safety awards are designed to recognize vessel operators for their proactive efforts toward achieving safe and responsible vessel practices.

The Maritime Aquarium will receive AMS’s 2017 Passenger Vessel Safety Award, which recognizes the implementation of best-practice systems and programs that contribute to the overall safety of passengers and crewmembers. The award applies to The Maritime Aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound™, a 64-foot catamaran that is the country’s first hybrid-electric research vessel. Aquarium crew and educators take thousands of recreational guests and school groups out onto Long Island Sound April through October for 2.5-hour hands-on encounters with marine life, as well as for seasonal lighthouse cruises and winter seal-watching cruises.

“We honor the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk for its commitment to safety, environmental protection and responsible seafarers conduct,” the AMS said in a statement.

Learn more about the Aquarium’s cruises, exhibits, IMAX® movies and more at www.maritimeaquarium.org.

Other AMS Safety Awards winners this year are Maersk Line Ltd., Matson Navigation Co. and OSG Ship Management Inc.

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Oct. 3, 2017                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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NORWALK, CT – Dr. Brian Davis, president and CEO of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, has joined the Board of Directors of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the prestigious national organization that sets the top standards for animal care and visitor safety at America’s zoos and aquariums.

Davis began a three-year term on Oct. 1 to serve as one of the AZA board’s 13 members, following his election at the AZA’s annual conference last month in Indianapolis. He will be involved in every aspect of the national organization, which oversees the highest accreditation standards for more than 230 zoos and aquariums in the U.S. AZA and its member institutions serve as professional leaders in animal care, ethics, conservation and education.

“I’m honored to be chosen by my peers for this important role within our industry’s leading organization,” Davis said. “AZA institutions continue to find better, smarter, purposeful ways to connect people and animals, and I am very excited to have a role in guiding those developments.”

Davis joined The Maritime Aquarium in December 2014, coming to Norwalk from the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, where he was vice president of education and training. Davis was the eighth member to join the Georgia Aquarium team – in 2003, two years prior to its opening – and was integral in the Aquarium’s design and development of the guest experience at what was then the world’s largest aquarium. He later developed educational programs for guests, including students at all academic levels.

Prior to the Georgia Aquarium, Dr. Davis was an educator at the New York Aquarium, program and education marketing coordinator at Zoo Atlanta, and a science teacher and administrator in the Georgia school system.

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Sept. 25, 2017                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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NORWALK, CT – Hoist ale on Saturday evenings in October as The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers special Octoberfest Cruises featuring tastings from local craft breweries.

These adults-only cruises – the latest in the Aquarium’s occasional “Maritime With A Twist” social events – will showcase a different brewery each Saturday. Sample and enjoy the breweries’ flagship and seasonal products, while taking in the gorgeous sights on Long Island Sound.

The schedule is:
•  Oct. 7 – No Worries Brewing Co. of Hamden
•  Oct. 14 – Charter Oak Brewing Co. of Danbury
•  Oct. 21 – Two Roads Brewery Co. in Stratford
•  Oct. 28 –  The Owl’s Brew of New York and Beer’d Brewing Co. of Stonington.

Representatives from the breweries will be along to pour and discuss their beers.

Each 90-minute Octoberfest Cruise departs at 5 p.m. The cruises are timed to include the setting autumn sun and, with luck, a dazzling western sky reflecting on the water. Get back in time to enjoy dinner or an evening out just steps away in the restaurants and nightspots of SoNo.

Cruises occur aboard The Maritime Aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound™, a 64-foot catamaran that is the first research vessel in the country with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. It docks outside the IMAX Theater.

Tickets are $50 ($45 for Aquarium members). Participants must be at least 21 years old. Space is limited on all Maritime Aquarium cruises, so advance reservations are strongly recommended.

Book your tickets by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or go to www.maritimeaquarium.org.

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Sept. 6, 2017                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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NORWALK, CT – The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk has been awarded a $35,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman.

Newman’s Own Foundation made the award to celebrate 35 years since Paul Newman began the food company bearing his name. Newman’s Own Foundation is giving $35,000 to The Maritime Aquarium and 14 other nonprofit organizations that were originally funded and have been supported for over three decades.

The Foundation continues Paul Newman’s commitment to give all profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own food and beverage products to charity. Since 1982, more than $495 million has been donated to thousands of charities around the world.

“Paul Newman wanted to help make the world a better place, and he said, ‘What could be better than to hold out your hand to those who are less fortunate?’” recalled Bob Forrester, president and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation and executive chairman of Newman’s Own. “We are privileged to continue his extraordinary mission through our support for The Maritime Aquarium and other organizations doing important work.”

This funding will support The Maritime Aquarium’s efforts in regional environmental education and in conservation programs on behalf of Long Island Sound.

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Sept. 1, 2017                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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NORWALK, CT – The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is opening its educational resources to homeschool families with a new catalog of programs, available as a series or a la carte classes.

“Each year, The Maritime Aquarium reaches some 80,000 school students during field trips to the Aquarium and through our presentations of more than 30 standards-fulfilling educational programs,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “But you shouldn’t have to be enrolled in a formal school setting to have access to our educational programs. So we’re happy to open these unique learning opportunities to the many homeschooling parents and students in the tri-state area.”

For ages 10 to 13, a new “Marine Biology Series” is available on Monday mornings from Sept. 18 to Nov. 6. Most sessions are two hours long, with start times varying between 9 and 10 a.m. (The Sept. 25 cruise is 2.5 hours long.)

Here is the series schedule:

• Sept. 18: Introduction to Field Biology and Biodiversity

• Sept. 25: Marine Life Study Cruise

• Oct. 2: Water Quality Monitoring/Cycles

• Oct. 9: Shoreline Scientist Program

• Oct. 16: Biodiversity Data Analysis

• Oct. 23: Microscopes/Plankton

• Oct. 30: Fish Dissection

• and Nov. 6: Careers and Conservation

For program descriptions, times and the standards they fulfill, go to www.maritimeaquarium.org and click on “Fun & Learning.”

Students must sign up for the entire eight-week series. Cost is $175 per person and includes Aquarium admission on class days.

In addition to the series for ages 10 to 13, The Maritime Aquarium also is offering one-time programs for homeschoolers across a broad range of ages. Sign up for one or more of these fun educational programs. All programs are drop-off style, except for the Marine Life Study Cruise.

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June 28, 2017                                                                                              (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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NORWALK, CT – Get close to some of the most strangely beautiful – but painfully dangerous – animals in the sea as The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers a newly expanded exhibit of jellyfish.

With “Journey with Jellies,” The Maritime Aquarium now displays the most jellyfish species in the region.

Jellies – as they should be called, because they’re not fish – have been among the most popular animals in The Maritime Aquarium for more than 20 years. This bigger new space builds around the tall centerpiece display of moon jellies, and offers large new displays with such non-native species as Pacific sea nettles, flower hat jellies, Japanese sea nettles and more.

“Journey with Jellies” has traditional “window” displays of jellies, but also unique displays of jellies living in cascading globe and half-dome habitats.

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June 13, 2017                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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NORWALK, CT – Plunge deep into the Brazilian rain forest for a giant-screen journey of discovery among glittering butterflies, surprising insects and a prowling jaguar in the new IMAX movie "Amazon Adventure," opening July 1 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The compelling story of 19th-century scientific breakthrough will play at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily through Labor Day in Connecticut's largest IMAX Theater, with a screen that's six stories high.

"Amazon Adventure" recounts the extraordinary work of naturalist Henry Bates, who the filmmakers call "the most influential scientist you've never heard of." Beginning in 1848, Bates risked his life for science during an 11-year expedition into the Amazon rain forest, and his findings provided the "beautiful proof" for Charles Darwin's then-controversial theory of natural selection, the scientific explanation for the development of life on Earth.

Filmed in the lush Amazon region, with scenes of sloths, brilliantly colored birds and amazingly camouflaged insects and lizards, "Amazon Adventure" lets audiences join Bates as he searches for clues about how and why species – particularly butterflies – change and adapt over time.

"I saw strange creatures that hide in plain sight by looking like something completely different," Bates (played by Calum Finlay) says in the film. "A 'leaf' that flies. 'Bird droppings' that walk ... A 'flower bud,' whose nectar attracts a bee, is really a spider. So with your disguise, you get eaten less and get to eat more, a double advantage."

Bates discovered more than 8,000 species new to science. His collections demonstrated that species to adapt, thus supporting Darwin's theory and disproving the then-common belief that "species were divinely created in their current form, that they never changed, and never would."

Painstakingly researched for three years, “Amazon Adventure” enlisted the expertise of more than 100 scientists and historical advisors. The team’s commitment to authenticity not only resulted in this rigorous re-creation, even using actual instruments and tools from the 1850s, but the writing team also incorporated many of Bates’ own words, as he was a gifted storyteller.

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June 14, 2017                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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NORWALK, CT – The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is celebrating another national kudo as Reader’s Digest has named the popular attraction the “Best Family Travel Destination” in Connecticut.

The Maritime Aquarium is Connecticut’s entry in “The 50 Best Family Travel Destinations in Each State,” recently published on Reader’s Digest’s website. Under a photo of the sharks in the Aquarium’s “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit, Reader’s Digest says:

There's something about peering through the glass into an underwater world that completely captures children's imaginations. At The Maritime Aquarium, kids can get up close and personal with marine animals at the Touch Tank, see hundreds of beautiful jellyfish at the Jellies exhibit, and learn about the unique ecology of the Long Island Sound. Be sure to hang around to watch feeding time for the noisy seals!

Others destinations on the list include Horseshoe Bend of the Grand Canyon (Arizona), Disneyland (California), Boston Public Garden (Massachusetts), the St. Louis Zoo (Missouri), Glacier National Park (Montana), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Ohio) and Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia).

See the article at http://www.rd.com/advice/travel/best-family-travel-destinations-by-state/

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Jan. 27, 2017                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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NORWALK, CT  –  Soar over the world’s tallest buildings, race in a solar-powered car and scale epic bridges – while also celebrating the inspired work behind them all – in “Dream Big: Engineering Our World,” the new IMAX movie opening Feb. 17 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.Aquar.IMAX.DreamBig.GoldenGate copy 2

This spectacular film will show at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily in Connecticut’s largest IMAX Theater, featuring a screen that’s six stories tall. It’s narrated by Academy Award®-winner Jeff Bridges, and sponsored locally by Bankwell.

Produced in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers, “Dream Big” is the first giant-screen movie created with a STEM focus. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.) For educators bringing their students to “Dream Big,” more than 50 hands-on engineering activities, lesson plans and videos are available online, all with a connection to a story or theme in the film.

“We know that educators are looking for new and effective ways to teach STEM, as required by state and federal standards,” said Tom Naiman, the Aquarium’s director of education. “‘Dream Big’ supports that effort in a very exciting way.”

Naiman added that “Dream Big” is not just for school groups.

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Sept. 22, 2016                                                                                             (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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Aquar.preschool ribbon cutting.4webNORWALK, CT – Nearly 200 Norwalk youngsters have a unique new community preschool that offers early-childhood STEM curricula and family enrichment by utilizing the resources of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and Grace Baptist Church.

Maritime Odyssey Preschool officially opened this morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Nathaniel Ely School in South Norwalk. The school is a partnership between: Odyssey Early Learning, which is the lead educational provider; The Maritime Aquarium, which provides science-education content expertise; and Grace Baptist Church, which will host workshops for families on such topics as parent education and financial literacy.

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Sept. 21, 2016                                                                                             (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232   
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NORWALK, CT – Nearly 2,000 students from 10 Fairfield County towns will explore how severe storms, erosion and other environmental hazards threaten their communities – and also how they can participate in lessening the effects – thanks to a three-year, $484,955 federal grant to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The grant, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the largest federal award received in The Maritime Aquarium’s 28 years. It will fund an initiative called “Sound Resilience – Get On Board!” Over the next three years, The Maritime Aquarium will use the grant to involve as many as 1,875 middle- and high-school students in Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton, Weston, Fairfield and Bridgeport. Education and research will occur in school classrooms and also aboard the Aquarium’s hybrid-electric research vessel, R/V Spirit of the Sound™.

In addition, professional-development workshops will benefit more than 150 teachers from those towns.