"Students know how to formulate critical questions and generalize from their findings. They are able to identify the big, essential questions about their learning. They know how to collaborate and cooperate with each other."

– 5th Grade Teacher

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.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                         CONTACT: Dave Sigworth
Sept. 6, 2017                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 

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 

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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Aug. 29, 2017                                                                                              (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 

NORWALK, CT – Senior moments will last all month long in September when The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers additional discounted admission to all guests age 65 and older.

Senior guests enjoy a discounted price on Maritime Aquarium admission year-round. But, from Sept. 1 to 30, seniors pay just $15 per person – a 28 percent savings off their usual $20.95. Admission includes the Aquarium and the choice of any daytime IMAX® movie. For seniors in September, the Aquarium is even adding free theater popcorn.

“With summer’s recreational visitors all returned home, and school groups not ready for field trips yet, September can be a great time for senior visits,” said Dave Sigworth, the Aquarium’s spokesman. “Plus, with the offer starting on Sept. 1, our senior guests can enjoy the discount over Labor Day weekend, which is the final chance to see our special summer ‘Flamingos’ exhibit.”

The Maritime Aquarium’s current daily IMAX movies are “National Parks Adventure” (through Labor Day), “Amazon Adventure,” “Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean,” “Dream Big,” and “Beavers” (on weekends after Labor Day). All are about 40 minutes long.

The senior offer is available only at the door, not with advance online purchases. Proof of age is required.

Even deeper discounts are available for senior groups. Contact the Aquarium’s Reservations Department for more information at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

Get more details about The Maritime Aquarium’s exhibits, IMAX movies and special events this fall, including Octoberfest Cruises featuring area brew pubs, at www.maritimeaquarium.org.

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June 28, 2017                                                                                              (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 

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 

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 13, 2017                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 

NORWALK, CT – The new IMAX® movie “Amazon Adventure” shows how an important discovery about natural selection was made in the Amazon. You can do your selecting on Amazon – the company – to support The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and to discover what’s happening at the popular Connecticut family attraction.


Online shoppers who make purchases through an Amazon.com program called AmazonSmile now can designate The Maritime Aquarium as their favorite charitable organization. It doesn’t cost consumers anything, but the Aquarium will benefit.

Shoppers at smile.amazon.com will find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as at Amazon.com, with the added bonus that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate an eligible portion of the purchase price to The Maritime Aquarium.

“It’s no different than shopping at Amazon.com; you’re merely starting at a different web address,” said Dave Sigworth, the Aquarium’s publicist. “Just be sure to designate The Maritime Aquarium as your charity when you first visit the page, and bookmark smile.amazon.com for all your online shopping, and we’ll receive a portion of your future eligible purchases.”

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June 14, 2017                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 

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 

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 

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   

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.

The Norwalk Parking Authority has teamed up with The Maritime Aquarium to add an online prepay option for Aquarium guests planning to park in the city's Maritime Garage.  Prepay your parking online and save 20 percent!

It's only available to Maritime Aquarium guests who purchase their Aquarium tickets in advance online.   Get the press release here.